For some time now Prime Minister’s Questions has brought itself into disrepute, notably by the unknowing asking the unknowing; especially where ‘matters EU’ and ‘Brexit’ are concerned.
It is also known that those Members of Parliament who manage to make the ‘questions list’ are often coerced by their Whips to ask ‘loaded’ questions in order that their leader may ‘big themselves up’ whilst making a joke or two about their opposite number, the Leader of the Opposition. Sometimes the Prime Minister of the day is presented with an ‘open goal’ by a Member of Parliament from the opposition who asks a question with the intention of causing mischief, only to find that the laugh is on his party and him.
Such a scenario came about today when Clive Efford (Labour Eltham) asked the Prime Minister:
Mr Speaker, happy Christmas. Last year, the Prime Minister told the Radio Times that on Christmas day she likes to prepare and cook her own goose. In the spirit of Christmas, may I suggest that to extract the maximum pleasure from the messy job of stuffing her goose, she names it either Michael or Boris? [Interruption.]
Only to receive the following response:
I think I will be having to resist the temptation to call the goose Jeremy.
Prime Minister’s Questions has become almost a ‘freak show’, in that idiots are asking questions of another idiot and consequently receiving idiotic responses. As stated previously nothing illustrates this more graphically than questions about ‘matters EU’ and/or ‘Brexit’.
A touch of ‘gentle humour’ in any situation can be quite ‘telling’ in making one’s point while also ‘belittling’ an opponent. Unfortunately, with all the serious/pressing ‘matters du jour’, is there a place for humour and ‘scoring cheap points’?
Politics- and Prime Minister’ Questions – has become nothing but ‘theatre’, dished up for unknowing viewers/bystanders and overseen by a popinjay; ‘egged-on’ by the likes of Andrew Neil, Jo Coburn and Laura Kuenssberg on the Daily Politics and David Dimbleby on Question Time. – not forgetting those on Newsnight and Radio 4.
As an afterthought, one of the earliest animals to be domesticated for agricultural purposes, sheep are raised for fleece. In this regard we, the people, are treated in the same manner, as the political elite (politicians, the media and ‘experts’) ‘fleece’ us day in and day out.