Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:08 AM
I think it certainly does alienate the general public but only because politicians as a whole are so unpopular in this country. Seeing this weekly sh*tfest, where the The honourable Smug Prick from Milton Keynes asks the equally smug PM what he intends to do about propsals for an A road which may disturb a bird sanctuary is hardly the relatable face of British Politics. Pretty much any time a politician is on our screens the public feel rage and disdain, this is made all the worse when they're jeering at each other and waving paper around like they're at a particularly unappealing strip show.
However, despite this hatred, PMs questions should not be reformed. Political careers have been made and destroyed by performances during PMs questions and the pressured, ale-house atmosphere is a good place for politicians to be called to account and where the truth of certain policies can be uncovered once the sound bites and carefully worded press-release guff has been blown away by a veritable tornado of hot air.
Mr. Bercrow is wrong if he thinks this will improve parliaments image. Parliament is already so far removed from the experience of the average British voter that no amount of civilised weekly debate will bring it back. Let them jeer and guffaw and wave all they want, at least when the pressure is really on we can learn something about our elected leader's character, and perhaps, just maybe, they may learn something too.
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