How do you solve a problem like PMQs?

by Stephen Tall on August 4, 2007

Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone has posed an interesting question over at her blog – how the demeaning farce which is Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons can be improved:

To me – yes, it’s great theatre and even fun at time but – it’s utterly crap as a way of holding the Prime Minister or Government to account – and I doubt the baying mob moment where everyone (except polite Lib Dems of course!) is cheering or booing does much for the reputation of politics.

After all – what would you think of someone who behaved in a work meeting the way the boorish heckling backbenchers do at PMQs? So – you may have guessed I’m not impressed!

Still though I’d be interested to hear other people’s views – what do you make of PMQs? Is it any good? Does it damage politics etc? Let me know what you think!

You can post your replies at Lynne’s blog here.

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With so many crap performances by Ming its hardly surprising that Featherstone wants the format changed,I can imagine how embarrassing it must be for her every week.

by jim on August 4, 2007 at 11:54 pm. Reply #

jim… whatever, love.

by Stuart on August 5, 2007 at 12:24 am. Reply #

There is an interesting thread of comments on Ms Featherstone’s blog, with PMQs given a better defence than I expected. It is an interesting debate, with the only sour note being from Jim in this thread.

You remind me of a drunken teenager who runs into a room, shouts some abuse, and runs out again thinking they are very, very, very clever. Only they’re not.

Reading back over your comments Jim, all I find are insults and no serious attempt to engage in discussion with anyone.

I am suprised – though perhaps I should not be – that you think this approach achieves anything other than making you (Jim) look silly and rude.

by Lib Dem member on August 5, 2007 at 9:34 am. Reply #

William Hague was supposed to be good at PMQs, and it did him no good whatsoever.
I think Parliament has a serious job to do; debating policies. In comparison, PMQs are a waste of time.

by Geoffrey Payne on August 5, 2007 at 9:10 pm. Reply #

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