Our Politicians still inhabit the 19th Century

So, Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, is calling for a weekly public questioning of the Prime Minister. I’m not going to debate the merits and demerits of this suggestion. But I am going to question the proposed format; which is that people turn up at the Palace of Westminster and deliver their questions in person.  So, you only get to question the Prime Minister if you live in London or can afford the time and money to travel there from wherever else in the UK you might live.

Once again our politicians demonstrate their nineteenth century thinking. Just as they believe that faster trains are the answer to our modern communications needs, they maintain that politics has to be done in London, in person.

Well, I’ve got news for them. The internet has given everybody the tools to make their opinions known. If politicians ignore that and continue using vastly outdated methods of communication they don’t have much of a future.

3 thoughts on “Our Politicians still inhabit the 19th Century

  1. Dear Mr Popham, My wife has been very well served by the NHS recently.  Although I don’t want to stop change within the NHS I wonder if there is an organisation I could join to support the NHS at national level.  My objective is to remove the political interference to the NHS which is the cheapest and best health care service on earth. You advice would be appreciated. Peter Vreede Lancashire.

  2. 19th century? I would say 17th Century. At least the 19th was a century of huge change, much of it facilitated by quite radical politics.

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