I don’t often agree with much of what the Labour bloggers write and certainly Julian Ware Lane’s offerings since the election havent been up to his usual standard but I read this piece by Jack Monroe.
This is something that I have often felt to be the case having observed the Council chamber from people of all parties. Martin Terry could hardly hide his glee Thursday evening as he forecast that the evening would be fun and told us to watch whilst one of the groups walked out in disgust as they wouldnt get their way. As i say, over the year all the groups have been guilty of this though.
After reading Jack’s blog I sat and thought about it and put it down to the fact that maybe it was down to the press being present and so they wanted a positive write up to get their message to the electorate, I thought about it further and decided that it was hardly a shock that the council behaved this way after watching the weekly punch and Judy show that is PMQs. Cameron promised to end this when he was in opposition and it is to his great shame that he hasnt done so already, however entertaining it is to watch, it is not the purpose of either meetings.
I then, thought well is it the nature of the beast? Politicians need to get across their ideas and views but also need to highlight the shortcomings of others. Are sarcasm and insults the easiest way of getting your point of view noticed and therefore likely to be listened to? I hope not but it happens a lot in the chamber with some individuals.
So how do we stop this? Is this the reason some people are turning off politics, do they assume that politicians behave this way as they are only interested in themselves? Would having the meetings streamed onto a website help matters or would people play up for them even more? I dont know but I do agree with Jack and repeat her call that `it’s high time everyone put down their swords and catapults and stopped poking out their tongues, and got on with the bloody job.`