The Secrets of the House of Commons

Tonight at 9.30pm on BBC2 a new television documentary, ‘Inside the Commons’ reveals behind the scenes parts of Parliament never seen by the public.

The Palace of Westminster has 1,000 rooms and three miles of corridors and is often referred to by insiders as Hogwarts.  Seasoned veteran Liberal Democrat Charles Kennedy admits to still getting lost in the building. The four part series goes onto the floor of the Commons chamber, allowing viewers to see exactly what MPs see during debates.

It took six years to persuade the authorities before they agreed to the series.  David Cameron talks about his dread of Prime Minister’s Questions;  “there isn’t a Wednesday that you don’t feel total fear and trepidation about what is about to happen. I think prime ministers have always felt that.”

There was opposition to the documentary from some MPs who have a “general hatred of the media” in the wake of the expenses scandal, and who made it clear they were against the project.

Sir Robert Rogers, the Commons clerk and chief executive (who resigned in 2014) deals with the the need to conserve the building and at the same time bringing its facilities, including communications technology into the 21st Century. “We’re trying to run a modern parliament in a Victorian building.”

The first episode of Inside the Commons is on BBC Two at 9pm on Tuesday 3 February and runs for four weeks.

Play Hello Kitty with Douglas Carswell MP

UKIP’s first ever elected MP may be about to gain notoriety of a different kind based on his latest tweet to his 27,000 followers.  He has just invited them to join him in a game of Hello Kitty World.

Come play Hello Kitty World with me! Kittt

At the time of writing he hasn’t commented on his tweet but I’m sure we will get one of the following explanations:

  1. My acount was hacked
  2. My daughter was using my phone
  3. This is what happens when you let too many people into our country

We’re guessing at number 2 but whatever the explanation Carswell, as a prolific blogger who embraces digital communications, should know better.  At the time of writing it has received dozens of replies, been retweeted nearly 500 times and received 100+ favourites.

It won’t be the last social media gaffe of the election and Carswell will be adding passwords to his phone and PC, that is of course unless he does just want a game of Hello Kitty World.