MPs finally arrive in the modern era, and lose a little bit of their preciousness.
It is not OK to satirise and mock them…which I have, of course, been doing for ever despite the rules.
A rule banning the use of television footage from the debating chamber to ridicule or satirise politicians should be ditched, the Speaker has been told.
Official television coverage cannot currently be used for “satire, ridicule or denigration” – a limitation that both the Parliamentary Press Gallery and Clerk of the House want removed.
Parliament’s Privileges Committee has now agreed, and has included the recommendation in a new report on the use of social media to report on proceedings in the House.
“This rule has never been used and risks making Parliament seem out of touch and wary of criticism,” the report stated. Read more »