Issues & Ideas | 26th February 2015

Should PMQs be scrapped, reformed or amped up? (Video)

The people don’t like Prime Minister’s Questions, we hear. Sky News interviewed the Speaker of […]

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The people don’t like Prime Minister’s Questions, we hear. Sky News interviewed the Speaker of the House, John Bercow, and told him so. He even agreed.

And a report said so too. Published by the Hansard Society, it suggested the public think PMQs is a ‘shouty’ charade in which we learn little but to despise politicians a lot.

We aren’t so convinced. The Hansard Society‘s report is only based on 150 people, half of them have never even watched PMQs and only 1 in 6 – that’s 25 people – have watched it in full. Data scarcely gets more limited. May2015’s editor, Harry Lambert, defended the historic practice on Sky News yesterday, against Stephen Bush of the New Statesman. You can watch the debate below.