Why was there such a furore surrounding the Speaker of the House of Commons and his decision to prevent Tory leader David Cameron from asking Tony Blair who he wanted to see as the next leader of the Labour Party during Prime Minister’s Question Time?

According to the BBC’s informed man on the spot, Michael Martin badly misjudged his role as Speaker. Mr Cameron was, apparently, well within his rights to question the Prime Minister about an issue which the “public is demanding answers to” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6106038.stm).

Is that true?

I’m not referring to Mr Cameron’s right to ask questions. But are the public really waiting with baited breath for an answer to that particular question?

I would have thought the on-going local difficulties in Iraq and our involvement in them, the state of the NHS, education policy, even baby adoption from foreign countries, would have all been much higher up the list.

Prime Minister’s Question Time is a unique platform to put the leader of the country on the spot and see how he copes with important and insightful questions that really matter to the average voter.

So why is pointless hot air, petty personal squabbles and playground behaviour dressed up in the media as important political debate?


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