If America imported this one particular thing from the UK, it would change presidential politics forever. I’m certainly not one to care who the current American Ceasar is or who the next one will be. Although I proudly supported and voted for Dr. Paul in the 2012 primary, I haven’t voted in the general election for president since 2008, and I don’t plan on ever voting for any federal politician again for the rest of my life. The less attention we all pay to Washington DC, the better.
Even though I won’t be bothered to check a box next to the lesser of two evils to elect the new Narcissist-in-Chief, I have to admit, while living in the UK for the past couple of months, there’s one feature that I really wish the United States would import from their former rulers, if only for its entertainment value: Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs). Members of Parliament (“MPs”, similar to Congressman in the US) get to ask the Prime Minister (“PM”, similar to the US president) questions for at least 30 minutes every Wednesday that Parliament is in session.
Unlike the US House or Senate – in which politicians can ask dumb questions, like asking a general if he thinks an island can tip over, while other politicians give amazing speeches to a mostly empty room – the UK Parliament can get quite loud, rowdy, and chaotic. Name calling, shouting, and belittlement happens quite frequently. It’s not for the timid, as this guy found out. The atmosphere can get so insane, some MPs stopped attending PMQs.
George H. W. Bush once commented about PMQs saying, “I count my blessings for the fact I don’t have to go into that pit that [Prime Minister] John Major stands in, nose-to-nose with the opposition, all yelling at each other.”
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