Another Wednesday afternoon, and before I head off to work, I pop on Prime Minister’s Questions and settle down with a cup of tea. ‘I’ll just see what’s going on in the world,’ I think naively. Less than two minutes in, I’m reminded why I don’t watch this. Petty insults, jeering, booing, hissing, eye rolling. Welcome to the world of British politics. Okay, this is nothing new. This is how PMQ’s work, but surely this embarrassing display isn’t the way a civilised country should conduct its political system?
The Prime Minister is making sly digs at Ed Milliband regarding his appearance at the Trade Union Congress in Bournemouth. “You folded faster than a Bournemouth deckchair!” Cameron shouts across the room, followed by, “He told us it was going to be Raging Bull, but he gave us Chicken Run!” These pathetic, completely humourless, scripted insults are met with cheers from the Tories and groans from Labour. These people exchanging cringe-worthy retorts and trying to get one over on the other are running our country. Worrying, if you ask me.
Okay, enough of this attempt at showmanship. Can we get back to the main issues, like the conflict in Syria, the unemployment rates in the country or the lack of funding in the NHS? Isn’t it time we put aside this tradition of getting together in a room and screaming at each other? Perhaps it’s time for a change, time to refresh the way we do politics in this country whilst clinging onto our last shred of political dignity.
…even I am under-represented in the House…
Why don’t politicians start to show each other a bit of respect? Allow MPs allotted time slots to speak directly to the Prime Minister without others jeering, talking over them or being generally disrespectful. While I’m at it, why don’t we start to see a little bit of diversity in the House of Commons? As a young, white female, even I am under-represented in the House. Let’s start to see people of different ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and gender making the decisions. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure how well a middle aged, incredibly privileged white man can represent my needs.
Regardless of how many years David Cameron spent Eton perfecting his skills in debating, it is blatantly clear that this isn’t the way politics should be. If two children argued in a school playground, it’s unlikely that an adult would step in and encourage the two to conduct a debate where they screamed and shouted at one other, exchanged insults and sly digs and then left no closer to a resolution than before. How about we present our arguments with some sort of decorum and then at the end, we come to a clear, well-examined conclusion?
…We need to reassess the best way to make decisions for the country…
Our political system is in dire need of a shake up, with a system steeped in what are now out of date traditions. We need to reassess the best way to make decisions for the country, and I have an inkling that screaming insults across the House of Commons isn’t the way forward, don’t you agree?