Most people – the normal folks who aren’t political junkies – probably don’t spend their time watching BBC Parliament. But perhaps they should – just once or twice.
Why? The view most of us get from Parliament are the set pieces like PMQs. Benches packed with braying members and the aim to get one over on the other side, to give your team something to cheer about. The Punch and Judy politics every new leader of every political party has to ritually reject for at least a few hours before falling back into line.
But most of the debates are quite different. Sure, people disagree – that’s the general idea. But, the strangest thing, MPs on all sides are polite, listen to each other and even sometimes try to answer the points.
If you’re not a BBC Parliament regular, give it a try sometime.