There are are days when the perfect solution presents itself, and when the problem is the worst that society has to offer in the way of corrupt or self serving politicians, then it is a worth a solution worth thinking about seriously.
Having read that Houses of Parliament will need to undergo a refit in the near future, costing up £5 Billion, and the economical solution would be to move Parliament across the road to the Queen Elizabeth Centre I am sensing the beginning of a solution.
The HitchHiker Guide to the Galaxy tells of the Golgafrinchman B Ark, it was a space ark designed to carry the ‘essential’ members of the Race to safety from the attack from the gigantic Space Goat, the Ark carried the Telephone Sanitisers, hairdressers, Politicians, and every trade and profession that it was essential to save so they could establish a new civilisation for the rest of the Golgafrinchams to follow.
All I am saying if we could move Parliament, and NASA had a space Rocket or two, we could send Parliament to establish another colony … I am sure we could make it work!
In all seriousness I wonder where the Money is coming from for £5Billion worth of repairs, it will be us or the Chinese as we borrow more money which we haven’t got whilst unacceptable percentages of the population face poverty. If we are going to spend this kind of money I think we should not spend the money on recreating a failed system, but dare to bold and copy our European neighbours in creating a political system more suited to democracy. The British is firmly based on confrontation – the width of the floor of the House of Commons is two sword lengths and a bit, two parties are facing each other and just shouting at each other, like two tribal football clubs after the pubs have been shut. Britain deserves better.
The Bundestag, the German Parliament, is far more suited to being civilised. Having toured the building a fe months back I was impressed at the layout. Using the British posts in the House of Commons the Speaker, The Prime Minister, and the Executive sit facing the Parliament. This is the fundamental strength, the executive is on parade before the Parliament that it is should be answerable to. The debates are allotted time to the ranking of the parties in the terms of votes and are limited.
The Parliament sit in a semi-circle, unable to shout and jeer in the faces of the opposition, but are forced to face front.
The psychology of the layout is perfect, well as a perfect as you can get it.
- The Presiding Officer is central to the precedings, they are the centre of attention.
- The Executive is sidelined, but at the front of the Chamber and faces the Parliament
- Members of Parliament are in a semi-circle, not signifying unity of purpose, but blurring political loyalty decisions (the only loyalty should be the people)
- Having to speak at the podium ensures the person speaking is heard
- Assembly Members are in full view of the Public Gallery
In a democracy ideas and political points should be debated, and debated fully, and the Executive should be held accountable to the Parliamentarians. The British is only good for Ya-boo grandstanding – if you pardon the metaphor – Prime Minister’s Questions is a public school, testosterone fuelled, pissing contest which would not be acceptable in any other institution; If a Teacher behaved as our Prime Minister does then they would be sacked.
True our democracy is flawed, but more than that so is Parliament.
It’s either we change our Parliament or I am putting money towards to a Golgrafrinchan B Ark and telling everyone about the giant Space Goat!