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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

 

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The countdown begins…

On the 21st of July, Peepoc, the social polling network, is going live to the world!

A lot has been happening behind the scenes to get this far, and we would like to say a big thank you to our team of beta users. Their input has been crucial in building Peepoc, we couldn’t have done it without them.

We now have 480 Peepoc polls covering a variety of different topics: news, current affairs, ethics, culture, technology, philosophy and sport. Some are just fun and others are hard hitting questions about real life problems.

Each time someone votes on a Peepoc poll, our voice gets a little bit louder. The more people vote, the more chance we have at being heard and affecting real change, so don’t forgot to invite your friends.

When our voice is loud enough, we promise to do our bit and shout from the roof tops, and with any luck our voice will be heard.

Sign up at peepoc.com to get involved.

What is this Social Polling malarkey anyway?

We all know that social media is “taking over the world”. So why wouldn’t it change the way that we poll, vote, survey and quantify opinions?

Traditionally a poll might be created online and the link is sent out to participants. The results are then collated by the publisher and used for whatever it was intended. This is a very one-dimensional way to get opinions.

This is what Peepoc believes Social Polling is:

A method of collecting opinions via social networks, involving large numbers of willing participants, who choose their own agenda.

People join a social polling network in order to help make decisions, discuss current affairs, share their opinions, debate and have their own opinions validated. Users decide the agenda, rather than traditional polls which are used for one reason only – as market research. Once a poll has been created on a social polling network, it then gets debated and discussed, which is what is lacking in the traditional method.

If you are interested in seeing first-hand how social polling works, sign up to be a Peepoc beta user.

You can spend as much or as little time as you would like. Got a spare minute in the lift avoiding your chairman? Waiting in the Post Office queue to renew your tax disc (does anyone still do that?) Stuck in a traffic jam for the foreseeable future (of course we are not suggesting that you use your phone illegally). Well then, you have plenty of time to try Peepoc for yourself.

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