Back to normal

untitled (267) untitled (266)The sight of the Chamber in the House of Commons full to bursting point for the debate on Syria, acts as a useful reminder that our Government is not well suited to its infrastructure. Most of the images of debates in the Commons demonstrate that there are far more empty seats than full ones. On this occasion even with people sitting on the floor and standing in the aisles, there were others unable to be seen. Although there are many defenders of tradition and history, it is completely ridiculous to have a Chamber designed to accommodate 427 people, that is obliged to cram in over 600 for occasional debates, and consistently used by less than 100. The opportunity presented by the well known problems within the fabric of the building and the need to spend large sums on its repair and refurbishment, mean that new ways of working could be achieved. Whilst there are few votes in spending more money on buildings, the potential to change the way in which we see Parliament must be grasped.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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