[After weeks of appalling scenes of vaudeville bordering on abuse during PMQs in the Commons each Wednesday a new low this week caused widespread anger. PM David Cameron criticising Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn personally overstepped the mark in the eyes of many, including the man behind this post who contacted the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow's office to express his concerns-see above]
Got my response.... Also posted, my retort.
Dear Mr Saunders,
Mr Speaker has asked me to thank you for your email and to reply on his behalf.
The Speaker recognises that the Chamber does have its noisy and unruly moments. However, this is by no means typical of parliamentary business, most of which is conducted in a much more orderly fashion. Parliament is not, however, a debating society; it is the arena in which political argument finds its expression and it is inevitable that from time to time passions run high.
Mr Speaker takes all comments from members of the public very seriously and would like to reassure you that one of his principal concerns is to ensure that the highest standards of debate are maintained in the House of Commons. He always does his utmost to encourage Members to conduct themselves in a dignified and productive manner in the Chamber, and to remind them of the views of the public on this matter. He is aware that there is much to be done in this regard, and will continue to press for improvements.
So, I sent back this...
Thank you for including me in your generic mail merge. It heartens me to know just how much my email was taken seriously.
As you are Mr Speakers secretaries secretary, that puts you as close to the speaker as me, if you understand the mechanics of The Kevin Bacon game, so I may as well have responded to myself.
I raised three points;
1. Make the PM answer questions put to him. Considering your response I would expect an interjection every time the Right Honourable Mr Corbyn asks a question. After all, not one of his questions has been answered yet.
2. Take control of the Rabble. One does not encourage by laughing along.
3. Throw out hecklers. This was not even addressed in your response, which is how I knew this is part of a mail merge.
My previous letter is going viral. You might want to sort it out. We are ALL watching.
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