In recent years Prime Minister's questions in Parliament has taken place on a Wednesday. Maybe it always did but it is only in recent years that we, the British public, have been able to watch or listen in on the fun. This bloggers says fun as although it should be serious business in the House each and every day Question time can be odd to say the least.
At times it has seemed more like kiddies half hour of naughtiness in a kindergarten. Each side will take a pop at the other and aim to score points. If we are lucky, depending upon your principles it can be highly amusing or a disgrace to watch.
Today, Wednesday April 18, 2012, is the first Question time in Parliament since George Osborne's Spring Budget. The honourable chaps and gals have been enjoying an Easter break. They may want to get rid of our meager Bank Holiday entitlement but they certainly love their holiday privileges.
Leader of the opposition Ed Milband was of course wanting to gain a political advantage over the Condems or as they are also called the UK Coalition government. Ed had plenty of ammunition to hand kindly supplied by the Budget and a series of ill thought proposals by the Tories. Mr Cameron was accused of "presiding over a "shambles"" , by Mr Miliband, who went on to tell him to "get a grip" following a few dodgy weeks.
Amusingly it seems that "pasty Gate" is far from over. A veritable fiasco followed announcements that our ridiculously high VAT of 20% would be applied to Cornish Pasties. It did however appear that was only if they were bought hot. If taken home to heat up they would remain VAT free.
The changes to VAT on hot food, Mr Osborne had claimed, would make the system fairer. However it seems it is far from that. Today SkyNews reported that, "Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert then joined in the attack on Cameron as he pointed out that "there is no VAT chargeable on caviar yet the Government is proposing to put VAT on the Cornish pasty. Can he tell me why that is fair?"
Mr Cameron replied: "What I think is unfair is that products sold in a fish and chip shop wich are subject to VAT, those same products can be sold in supermarkets not subject to VAT. "I don't think that's fair and that's why it's right we redraw the boundaries."
Yes but what about the damn caviar which the government and its cronies enjoy eating? That of course remains unanswered.
Opinion: All of this may be highly amusing and a "good laugh". After all we need that especially these days, don't we? The problem is that whilst they are debating this trivia for our amusement the real issues are forgotten. The latest jobless figures may be slightly improved but with galloping inflation, pay cuts, granny taxes and pay freezes there are more serious fish to fry than Cod and Chips.
In case you need reminding Parliament we do not pay you to eat caviar, enjoy subsidised alcohol in the Parliament bar nor to act the fool on the world stage of the House of Commons. Isn't it about time you all behaved as adults, got on with the job in hand and led by example?
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog