Today I did something that I knew beforehand would only cause me grief and frustration – I tuned into BBC2 for the Daily Politics show, hosted by Andrew Neil. That it was a show of ignorance by both questioner and responder was only too obvious. Appearing in the lead up to PMQs were Hariett Baldwin for the Tories and Richard Burgon for Labour. Leaving to one side Baldwin knew nothing about Brexit other than she knew how to say ‘um’ and ‘er’, Burgon came out with the old canard of Norway being a rule taker and not a rule maker (starts @23:30); a statement that elicited no correction from Neil.
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.