14 September 2015

What's your question to the Prime Minister?

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, is embarking on a new style of politics that actively seeks to do something that politicians really ought to have be doing all along - represent the people.

I remember picking up my first politics text book in the 80s and it informing me that politics is about two things: government and representation. The trouble is that, when I listen to David Cameron he sounds too much like an old fashioned English aristocrat, a man who believes we should trust him to do what's best for us and, frankly, let him get on with it.

This is the way Conservatives do government, it's a political movement that attracts people that prefer politicians to do their thinking for them and are more than happy to defer to the views and obey those, that appear so "naturally" born to rule.

Well, I disagree, David Cameron doesn't know best for me and after failing to win the votes of more than 25% of the people in 2010, has no right, in my view, to impose "what's best" for the vast swathe of individuals, over 75% of which didn't vote Conservative at all.

Jeremy Corbyn is trying to put this failure of our political system, our democracy's failure to adequately represent the people, right. With clever use of technology and social media, Jeremy Corbyn is reaching out to everyone and asking them for their opinions. Put simply, the newly-elected Labour leader believes that he will be in a better position to represent the people in Parliament if he knows what they think. Jeremy Corbyn asks: What do you want to ask David Cameron?  Jeremy will then use your question to inform what he asks the Prime Minister in public and live on TV every Wednesday. If you miss the live BBC broadcast at 12.00 - 12:30pm on Wednesday 16th September I'll upload it here for you:

So, what do I think Jeremy Corbyn should ask the Prime Minister in Parliament tomorrow? Perhaps the trickiest issue of all for the Labour Party and the country at the moment, is whether we should renew the Trident bomb. The cost  to the taxpayer of this nuclear upgrade is 100bn?  To help us decided whether this is good use of public money I have suggested this question for the Prime Minister:

If you want to find out more about Prime Minister's Questions you can find out more here: What is Prime Minster's Questions about: