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“Order, Questions to the Prime Minster”

Prime Minsters Question’s is often talked about as the “shop window” of politics, the most watched debate of the parliamentary week and frankly it’s an embarrassment. The constant braying and shouting by Government and Opposition MPs and the sniping between the Leader of Opposition and the Prime Minster must fuel the public’s disillusionment with politics.

One of the few things I agree with newly enthroned Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, on is the need to change PMQs and end the pantomime it has become. This is what he told the Huffington Post after his election:

“I want Prime Minister’s Question Time to be less theatre, more fact, less theatrical, more understandable. I think it’s very exciting for political obsessives, it’s utterly boring for most of the population, who think it’s an utter irrelevance.”

If you’ve ever watched any other Ministerial Question Time you will often see a friendly rapport between Shadow and Government ministers, in which considerable care and attention is given to answering questions. Thus allowing the opposition to actually hold the Government to account – the Prime Minster could learn something from that!

Corbyn needs to do something very quickly to improve PMQs, he needs to tell his party to stop braying and shouting during the session and encourage the other opposition parties (I’m looking at you SNP) to do this same. This will make the opposition look considered, almost mature, whilst making the Conservatives look more and more like children. I’m sure if this happened, the Government benches would soon fall silent too.

Perhaps too, extending Prime Minsters Question’s to an hour (like Ministerial Questions already is) without significantly increasing the number of questions would allow more careful and considered answers. At the moment the sessions feels like a rush, with the PM trying to give short answers that make his Government look good and also embarrass the Opposition.

Corbyn has tried something unique already, he’s asked people to submit questions via Twitter – needless to say this had led to some ridiculous suggestions. But in principle the idea is a good one, getting people to engage with politics is necessary to end public disillusionment.

This is a move in the right direction, although I’m not sure it will last. I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel sorry for Corbyn and his team having to sift through 60,000 suggestions to find just six to ask at 12 o’clock tomorrow, but look forward to seeing what is asked.

Do we need to restore some order to the Prime Minister’s Question Time? Do we need to restore some order to the Prime Minister’s Question Time?

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Author: Edward Molyneux 

Follow Edward on Twitter @NotSoRedEd

 

Has David Cameron handled the refugee crisis well?

The refugee crisis in Europe has just got very real for many people in the UK. The shocking image of three-year-old Aylan lying dead on a Turkish beach has made Britain wake-up to the genuine plight of these people.

The picture even managed to shock some of the most anti-immigration papers into submission (even the Mail!) – as The Independent put it, the 3rd September was “The day the British media finally got a conscience.”

The papers have finally realised the difference between these refugees and migrants – migrants “want” to come here, but refugees “need” to. Migrants certainly don’t risk their lives to try and reach Europe, but refugees are forced to because they have no other choice.

A petition for the crisis to be debated in parliament has now reached over 200,000 signatures, but while public opinion seems to be in favour of taking more refugees the Prime Minister has failed to act decisively.

The government still talk of tackling the root causes of the problem – which, in this blogger’s opinion, means refusing to rescue a man from a burning building until after they’ve discovered how to put out the fire.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister said the UK shouldn’t take any more refugees from Syria, but on Thursday afternoon he promised that the UK will fulfil its “moral responsibilities” after being “deeply moved” by the image.

Will this involve taking more migrants? Only Mr Cameron can know that. But the Prime Minister’s handling of the issue has made his decision making skills seem poor. Politics is often about making unpopular decisions, and he’s in a difficult position – one way he upsets the EU leaders he’s trying to renegotiate with, the other he upsets a large proportion of his party and risks its unity, but either way he’s going to upset parts of the public.

The longer Cameron flip-flops, the more incapable he seems and that can only damage him in everyone’s eyes.

Vote now to have your say:

Has David Cameron handled the refugee crisis well?

— asked by Edward Molyneux

Author: Edward Molyneux 

Follow Edward on Twitter @NotSoRedEd

Check out what we have been up to…

Our lovely developers Ivan, Ewa and the rest of the team have been working tirelessly to make some big changes to Peepoc.

Log on and take a look. Notice a difference?

  • You now have two activity feeds:
    • Polls- shows you all of the polls posted by the people that you follow and from your communities, just as it does now.
    • Activity- tells you if someone has commented on a poll that you have also commented on, or if you have any new followers.
  • You will also notice that polls have changed too. In order to see the results of a poll, you must vote – this means voters won’t be swayed by what others have answered.

 

Have Your Say on Peepoc

Getting Over a Writer’s Block

It happens to the best of us. You sit there trying to write but nothing is coming to you. Frustration sets in and nothing seems to work. All you need to do is put pen to paper but it’s just not happening. Here are a few ways to combat Writer’s Block:

 

1. Take a minute.

I know your schedule might be hectic, but take at least 1 minute out. Close your eyes. Reflect. Meditate. Check Facebook. Whatever you need to do to restart your brain.

 

2. Get some inspiration.

Read a post from your favourite blogger or author. Read some “motivation” quotes on Pinterest. There is plenty of inspiration out there if you are looking for it.

 

3. Earphones in, chill-out dubstep on.

I always find that I work better with my headphones in, working in my own little bubble. What also works for me is some calming chill-out dubstep. (Don’t judge me for my music taste, whatever works, works!)

 

4. Reassess the subject.

The chances are, if you are trying to write something and it’s not working it is either the wrong subject or the wrong angle. Have a think about why you can’t write it. Is it boring? Is it negative? Is it untruthful?

 

5. Ask the audience.

Finally, ask your readers what they think. Use Peepoc polls to engage your audience and ‘test the waters’ on your chosen topic. Get opinions and ideas for your next story. They care more than you think.

Tell us; how do you get over a writer’s block? Vote on the poll now.

 

Peepoc for Bloggers

Peepoc is a free tool for bloggers. It allows you to create interactive and engaging blogs using the power of polls. It takes seconds to post a poll and embed it into your blog, giving you the chance to survey your readers and really understand them and their opinions.

Peepoc is also an external platform (a social polling network) to create a community of followers to debate and discuss topics and market your blog to. Gain new readers and embrace a brand new social network now. There is an infinite number of polls to post, the only limit is your imagination!

Lots of blogs are very one dimensional. If you choose to embed polls into your blog then you can leap ahead of those bloggers and really stand out. Get some inspiration for Peepoc polls on your blog.

Learn how to embed polls into your blog.

How to make yours a #TopBlog

Your readers are pretty important to you, right? Let’s be honest, without them, what’s the point? Here are a few tips to help make yours a #TopBlog by caring about your readers:

 

  • Write about what your readers want to hear.

    ‘Content is king.’ Do your research, trawl Twitter for the trending hashtags, read the profiles of some of your users, read other blogs (no plagiarising of course) and make it interesting!

 

  • Show them who you are.

    I’m going to take a punt and say that your blog is an extension of you. If I am right, then you can let your personality out and show your readers who you are. A dry and emotionless blog is not going to engage your audience.

    If it’s not an extension of you, find your brand ‘tone of voice’ and stick to it.

 

  • Care about their opinions and what they think.

    If your readers don’t comment, then how do you know what their opinions are on the topics you are blogging about? There is an obvious way that you might be overlooking… Polls.

    Peepoc is a free polling network, it takes seconds to embed polls into your blog and it gives your readers a chance to talk to you and for you to care about their opinions. Find out more about Peepoc for Bloggers.

 

  • Engage them in debate.

    Whatever you are blogging about, from beauty to politics, people have opinions and they love to share them, if you will only give them a safe place to do so. Encourage debate, ask questions and post polls in order to get your readers talking.

    Create a free community in Peepoc for your readers to post polls and debate your blog topics, then embed it into your blog. It really is simple. Read about other bloggers that have used Peepoc.

 

  • Let it sparkle!

    Add pictures, videos, polls and pretty things if that’s what you fancy. Blogs should not only be interesting but also visually wonderful. Try new things and see what works for your readers.

 

Don’t take our word for it…

Here at Peepoc HQ we think our website & apps are pretty great (of course!). We don’t expect you to take our word for it though, here’s what some of our users say:

 

“Peepoc can be quite addictive! The polls can be fun, amusing or political so you get a bit of everything. It’s really entertaining!” Ade, one of Peepoc’s Polling Queens!

 

“I shouldn’t think you’ll find an easier or more intuitive option.” Read the full article that Ben has written about Peepoc polls on his blog.

 

Serena writes a Bridal Fashion blog and has come up with a very different use for Peepoc, even we didn’t think of it… “May sound crazy to think such a platform can help you for your wedding but it sure does!”

 

Jess is one of our first Peepoc users, she says “It’s addictive! Once you start answering polls it’s hard to stop!” Read her full review on the Google Play Store.

 

“This app brings users together to discuss whatever they feel passionately about in a fast moving and engaging, yet simple format.” This is Mark who is also talking about the Peepoc Android app.

 

We love to hear your feedback, good or bad, so please do send it to info@peepoc.com or tweet us @Peepoc1.

Make the best wedding choices with Peepoc!

Many of us dread our families and friends sticking their noses in and interfering with our wedding plans. After all, it is your day isn’t it? Peepoc can help give your loved ones a say on the process but keen them safely at arms length. Also, it can reassure you that you are making the right decisions and will have no regrets. Fashion Bride have given it a try… Read more.

You can see other bride’s polls and opinions by joining the Matrimonial Madame’s community.

Have a go and tell us if Peepoc has helped your wedding decision making by tweeting @Peepoc1.

Sign up now with Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Debating just got easier for iPhone users!

You will now get the little red iOS notifications on your iPhone and iPad home screen when there is something cool happening on Peepoc. This will make sure you always know what is going on within Peepoc and when there is something you need to take a look at.

 

These notifications will let you know when:

– You get a comment on your poll

– Someone replies to your comment

– Your poll hits a milestone number of votes

– Someone starts following you

 

Don’t forget you can always disable push notifications from within your iPhone settings. Or if you want to change your Peepoc notification preferences you can do so within Settings.

 

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Register with and share polls via LinkedIn

You can now register and sign-in to Peepoc using your LinkedIn credentials, and also share polls.

Why not join these communities:

Or start one of your own. You could create a community of:

  • Colleagues – to poll and debate issues within your organisation.
  • Candidates – recruiters can use Peepoc to poll candidates on motivation, skills and preferences.
  • Clients – use Peepoc to get feedback from clients and involve them in your development process.

Peepoc is yours, use it to suit your personal or business needs.