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« on: May 29, 2004, 11:39:32 am »

I'm sure nearly all Brits on the board and most Americans and Europeans and interntaionals (trying to be all inclusive here!) have seen even a little snippet of the battle of the goliaths that is Prime Minister Questions. Do you think this type of question is beneficial, and would it help America if the Democrats and Republicans had a weekly showdown? I know you have talk radio- but thats cra..... never mind! Tell me what you think! It's just great watchin the PM and the Leader of the Opposition shouting politely!
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2004, 01:09:51 pm »

PMQ's: our way of showing you yanks what a partisan legislature is *really* like!
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2004, 05:45:56 pm »

I love the parliamentary system. it holds the PM accountable, means that he is actually asked questions every day that he has to answer, and is better to watch at 2 oclock in the faternoon then judge judy Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2004, 06:45:43 pm »

I think it's great. Much better than the Swedish Riksdag, probably the most boring parliament in the democratic world.
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2004, 04:00:12 am »

I think it's great. Much better than the Swedish Riksdag, probably the most boring parliament in the democratic world.

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2004, 12:25:54 pm »

I think it's great. Much better than the Swedish Riksdag, probably the most boring parliament in the democratic world.

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Huh Are you just shouting random names connected to Sweden or...? Wink

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2004, 01:49:17 pm »

Huh Are you just shouting random names connected to Sweden or...? Wink

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2004, 01:53:07 pm »

Huh Are you just shouting random names connected to Sweden or...? Wink

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This might be fun...watching you run out of names... Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2004, 02:02:07 pm »

Huh Are you just shouting random names connected to Sweden or...? Wink

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This might be fun...watching you run out of names... Tongue

Is that because almost nothing that is now famous came from Sweden? Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2004, 02:04:17 pm »

Huh Are you just shouting random names connected to Sweden or...? Wink

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This might be fun...watching you run out of names... Tongue

Is that because almost nothing that is now famous came from Sweden? Tongue

Rather b/c we're 9 million people of the world's 6 billion... Tongue

We 've done pretty good when you consider that.
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2004, 03:28:32 am »

Prime Minister's Questions:  I watch them on C-SPAN's website and pretend I'm watching my own President.  I can't stand Bush.  Bush would get torn to Shreds if he had to face House Democrats.  The thought of it makes me laugh...

I don't know why the political debate in this country is so mediocre.  I think Americans have just come to expect it, and the media doesn't question in, so it happens.  In England, you get these weekly debates between the PM and parliament...it's AWESOME to watch.  

It makes the regular C-SPAN fare of some dude speaking in a big empty room seem like...well, just that.

I really wish we'd demand more from our politicians...like that they debate each other more openly and freely...

Instead of having Nancy Pelosi rip into Bush, or Bush rip into Nancy Pelosi (either of which I'd pay to watch, btw), we have this garbage that passes for news like FOX who just kind of tell us what to believe.  Wouldn't it be better to hear it straight from the politicians themselves--not paraphrased or summed up or analyzed by some idiot on television??  

I love watching Blair and Michael Howard go at it.  And they really do!!  They let each other have it, and it's great!  I really wish we'd do that in the US.  I really do.  We'd never have presidents like George W. Bush if we did, because speaking extemporaneously would be a job requirement.
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