06 May 2009

PMPQs

Sigh, PMQs becomes even more farcical each week

The basic gist of it is:

Labour ask a plethora of questions stating how well development is supported in their constituency and how bad the Tories would be

The PM then replies with how a Labour government (almost always the pre-2005 Blair years, however) saved the world and how evil the Tories are

The Tories and Lib Dems then get a minority of questions in, which the PM dodges, without the amount of grace that Blair had in his little finger

Now I think it is right to question the Tory policies, because they don't have any - however I do not think it's right to attack the opposition benches for their policies when you are in government - it is your job to serve the country as leader, not your party, PMQs is for questioning government, and Brown repeatedly fails in that task - I'm afraid blaming the Tories for every problem no longer washes after 12 years

It is also a bit rich of Gordo to slam the opposition for a lack of policies when he has none himself, this year is a complete waste of time, as Cameron rightly said - and Labour MPs have admitted there is so little legislation to work on it's no wonder they are fighting amongst themselves - that's the real crime

Personally I think Cameron should've stuck on the legislation issue, it's criminal really, and may work with the public, even if Brown enjoys rattling off a tractor list in response it seriously undermines his claim that the Tories would do nothing - how can we support a government who are openly not planning to do anything until the election?

Now I've been a bit soft on the Tories lately, but I think this week is the right time to put them under the spotlight

My main beef is of course that they don't bother with policies and almost expect a default victory, despite their words to the contrary - it's not a reason to vote Labour, but it's still a sorry state of affairs

Now Cameron has this week come out with a big attack on Brown's leadership - evidently he felt the time was right because he gave him a right dressing down, which we all want to do

So that's a win, right?

Well, possibly - we may all want to kick Gordon Brown's trembling corpse, but the Labour responses do have some merit, hypocritical though they are

It has opened the possibility that the media may choose to put their spotlight on what the Tories will do - now, of course most of the media are anti-Labour but they are a fickle bunch, give them a slow week and you never know

This may come back to bite Cameron in the arse, especially if we don't have an election soon, and I don't think this attack is really justified for a local and European election - but it will be hilarious if Labour get an absolute drubbing

So c'mon Cameron, stop being a coward and put your money where your mouth is - announce a policy, risk a backlash, but actually us a reason to vote

Why not fight on civil liberties? All we have is this mooted marriage tax idea (I oppose) and a general whiff of Euroskepticism

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait for PJQ's next week, (Punch and Judy Questions).

    DC's right to call for an election now. Labour are doing a lot of damage by;
    i) focussing on reflating the old failed system instead of thinking outside of the box ii)Accumulating so much national debt, that we've all got to work until we're 70.

    DC's policy is basically is get the economy under control again, which means cuts which will be unpopular. So he doesn't advertise the cuts, but we all know they're coming - even if Labour are re-elected.

    Maggie got elected on the back of a manifesto that didn't give a great deal of detail. DC's doing the same thing.

    And as Labour pinched the one policy that he did announce, inheritance tax, why announce them until an election is called ?

    I know it is frustrating, but I can see what he's doing and I know what I'll get if Tories are elected. That's good enough for me.

    I also know what I'd get if Labour are re-elected....

    ReplyDelete