The thrice-weekly Question Time session is routinely the most viewed and talked about event in the New Zealand House of Representatives.
But it rarely achieves much beyond the Punch and Judy theatrics.
In the UK, the Labour Party under controversial new leader Jeremy Corbyn attempted to shake up their equivalent, Prime Minister’s Questions, by crowd-sourcing the material.
How else might the occasion be repaired?
(ed:..there are a bunch of good-ideas in this round-up..
..including crowd-sourcing of questions..forcing minister/prime minister to actually answer questions…a question-time just for the prime minister..and ending of patsy-questions..and more..
(..and annette king gets a special shallow-thinking-award for her inane response..(that’s it..?..that’s all ya got..?..really ms king..?..after bloody eons spent in the place..?..)
..and personally..i used to do commentaries on questiontime..i stopped..largely because it is/was an exercise in irrelevancy..what went on in most questiontimes..
..plus it committed the cardinal-sin of being deeply deeply bloody boring..
..to both watch..and comment on..
..the institution is screaming out for reforms..
(and many of those listed in these responses..will do for starters..
..the democratic-joke that it currently is must not be allowed to continue..
..it is doing our democratic-institutions a deep dis-service..)