/ The Norway debate
Reasoned argument, respect for opponents, serious points being put seriously and responded to, backbencher after backbencher challenging their own leadership. All being listened to in absolute, attentive silence and universally polite and rational.
If you get the chance listen to as much of it as you can, and just hope that a candle does not burn brightest before it goes out.
I think its great. I watched PMQ's last year..
I love it, so quintessentially British.. but I disagree that proper protocol isn't followed. I think we have a good system, today showed that, with DC changing his plans due to opposition.
Been watching it for the last ten minutes.
Yes, very sensible debate. Democracy in action.
What, are we invading Norway now?
I honestly can't work out whether you're referring to the Norway Debate or today's discussions on Syria!
Anyway, I watched an hour or so this afternoon (had day off) and was quite impressed with it, compared to the usual PMQs behaviour. Balls needs his mouth stapling shut but apart from that everyone seemed to respect the process.
I watched it on Sky BTW - do I still need a licence fee? ;-)
> Reasoned argument, respect for opponents, serious points being put seriously and responded to, backbencher after backbencher challenging their own leadership. All being listened to in absolute, attentive silence and universally polite and rational.
> If you get the chance listen to as much of it as you can, and just hope that a candle does not burn brightest before it goes out.
Normally hate politics, but this was the best I've seen for a democratic process. I think the worries about Iraq still burn strong which is good.
Whats the point about Norway tho?
First, there was the usual cheering and here-here-ing. I find this sad but fairly harmless debating more mundane things and/or partisan issues, but it's plain distasteful for something like this. And there was a bit of joking and laughing at one point.
Second, neither side set out in full their assessment of the pros and cons of invading. Cameron's sides just repeated they're slippery slope argument, and didn't address whether for the people of Syria this might just make things worse. I'm still a bit confused as to Milliband's arguments are... sort of just we messed this up last time so lets do the opposite this time?
> Thanks, I was a little puzzled myself and I've been in Britain this last few weeks :-)
Ta, thank god its not just me!
The Guardian also managed to mention not just Suez in 1956 but Chanak in 1922, that's a new level of obscure history for me.
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