Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Owing to being laid low with la peste I've actually been able to watch PMQ's (Prime Minister's Questions, for my foreign brethren) for the first time in months.

Ming Campbell just asked why it was that so many schools don't have permanent headteachers. Cue the House collapsing into laughter, and a gift to TB, who replied "well, it's often difficult for organisations to find a good strong leader. Especially a failing organisation". TB's on fire today, he's ripping the Lib Dems to shreds.

Some people don't like the idea that MPs josh and quip in the House, seeing it as a hangover from when Parliament really was just an old boys club. But screw that, I think it's highly entertaining, and doesn't detract from the fact that PMQ's remains a vibrant, tangible manifestation of democratic life in the British corpus. And it's live on BBC2, which I think is pretty noble; I bet Senate debates aren't shown on American TV outside of C-Span.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parliament is like the proverbial little girl - when it is good it is very good - when it is bad it is terrible.

4:02 PM  
Blogger dan hancox said...

Listening to the highlights of PMQs on t'radio again just now I've finally struck on the right word for TB today - imperious. He was imperious. And I enjoyed his imperiousness immensely.

6:09 PM  

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