After coronavirus (which might be quite a long way away), or at least when the world settles down to a new normal, there are some things that I’d like to be different. So over the next days and weeks I’m going to write them down. They will mostly be to do with our relationship with the natural world (but not exclusively).
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…things I would like to be different (1)
I’d like the Speaker of the House of Commons to rule that Prime Minister’s Questions should be carried out in the relative silence that it is now. He should rule that only MPs who are called to speak should utter a sound, and only when they are on their feet.
The unseemly spectacle of PMQs for years – it has subsided into an embarrassingly braying contest. the quiet of the current situation is vastly better if one is watching on TV or listening on the radio.
At the moment it plays to the strengths of Keir Starmer as he politely but firmly pins Blathering Boris down on particular issues, and that is one reason why I like it so much more, but that is a short term thing – the long term reason is that it would establish the dignity and importance of the occasion and give far more weight to it.
Now one can, as never before, hear the doubt in the Prime Minister’s answers and that tells us a lot about whether we should believe him or not. I’d like that to be true for all future Prime Ministers too.