I emailed all MPs on parliamentary behaviour and replies have been dominated by Green MPs, which doesn’t surprise me, they put more emphasise on standards than some of the other parties.
Green comments about behaviour in parliament included: frustrating, demeaning, unproductive, variable.
I endeavoured, as the Green MP on the Standing Orders Committee last year, to address this issue in its triennial review of the standing orders.
Got nowhere really.
I think it is fantastic people are contacting him [Lockwood Smith, the Speaker] and making comment about the level of debate and of MPs behaviour in their Parliament.
I think MPs do themselves no favours with their behaviour in the House.
I support robust debate but often debates get bogged down into petty point scoring, name-calling and rude behaviour. Question Time becomes dominated by pointless points of order which seem more to boost some members’ egos than improving parliamentary process. I believe is one of the reasons why voters are turning away in droves from engaging is the lack of respect for other members and for intelligent debate in the House. The sad thing is that it has gone on for so long it has become normal and acceptable.
Parliament can improve its behaviour and still maintain robust debate but it’s not up to just the Speaker; it’s up to all MPs.
Good comments. I agree that it should be up to all MPs, but it is also up to the parties, and their leaders in particular. And the public should increase the pressure on them to do something about it.