Prime Minister’s Questions
If you are ever in the mood for good television about British politics, watch C-Span on Wednesday mornings (7am) or Sunday nights (9pm). You can watch Prime Minister Tony Blair being grilled by members of the British Parliament on whatever grievances the MPs want to raise. While some questions are submitted in advance, I’m still amazed by how well Tony Blair handles some of the random questions that get thrown at him. Last night he answered numerous questions related to potential war with Iraq, crime in London, equal funding for all higher education schools, immigration, health care for hemophiliacs, etc. Thinking this is one idea we (America) should have borrowed when Congress was established. I would love to see President Bush (or any of the former Presidents for that matter) engage in this kind of live debate with members of House or Senate. If you are interested in learning more about this House of Commons practice that dates back to the late 17th century, go here.