Monday, 22 October 2007


What a lovely little spat the PM’s special Euro question time turned out to be. David Cameron, competent though a little long winded at times, proved once and for all that Gordon Brown’s favourite sweet is fudge! The unelected Scotsman failed to give a one full and honest answer to the questions he faced from the Tory leader and his floundering showed that perhaps not even he considers the new Euro deal to be the mere tinkering that he wants us to believe it is.

The debate will roll and roll, and it’s anything but over. What does concern me is that as it took place at about 3.30 p.m, who was able to watch it in its entirety. This is a very important issue, and one which affects every body in this country. However, the vast majority of those who are concerned will have been at work, coming home or collecting kids from school. We can’t even rely on the news channels to cover the issue in any detail during evening bulletins, such is their decline in the programme pecking order. By having such important debates at such inconvenient hours, we are hardly encouraging open and accessible democracy. While doctors are being encouraged to have night time surgeries in order to move with the times, perhaps MP’s and the House of Commons could adopt a similar approach and have more question time appearances on evenings and god forbid, perhaps the odd weekend as well.

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