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Liberal Democrat setting for Prime Ministerial grilling

Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs) is often criticised as a bad advert for Parliament. It is confrontational and glib. – That particularly applies to the portion which is shown mostly on news programmes.

Anyone who is concerned about this should watch, or read the record of, the House of Commons Liaison Committee. Each quarter, it questions the Prime Minister for an hour and a half. The sessions are thoughtful, thorough and comprehensive. It is all very polite and earnest.

One could criticise the sessions for going to the other extreme of the style of PMQs. A good replacement for Horlicks, in other …

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PMQs: Ed Miliband just about hits the barn door

From memory, this was the first time the Cameron/Miliband exchange centred wholly on the economy.

There was plenty of ammo for Miliband to fire at Cameron. Unemployment up to its highest for 15 years. Women’s unemployment at its highest since 1988. Youth unemployment at its highest since 1992. He started with a quote from David Cameron himself saying that “Unemployment will fall this year, next year and the year after”. (Bit of daft hostage to fortune that was.)

Cameron was well armed with all the programmes the government is starting: Welfare to Work programme, Welfare reform, Apprenticeships etc etc. And we have …

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PMQs: Nadine Dorries leaves the PM speechless

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  • User AvatarDavid Evans 29th Feb - 12:47am
    Gordon, as you say "There is a better way – but there are also strong vested interests who would rather go down with the ship...
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    Thank you Geoff for your comment. However there is a real Tom Barney, and I do not claim to be him.
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    I can only agree with what has been expressed here. This would have been a golden opportunity to focus on poverty in our society. We...
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    Galen, Indeed it would, and people have been saying just that for years. Unfortunately, neither Labour nor the Conservatives will let it happen while they...
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    "The Party needs a mechanism by which its local issue members can work side by side with the new, bigger picture members," Well that's a...