Tuesday, October 13, 2009

this can't be good

not the sort of thing i usually blog about but the guardian article covering why it has been gagged from reporting activities in parliament is quite funny from a kind of catch-22 perspective: i.e., not very funny at all really and i quote:

"Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found."
if a question is asked in the commons and nobody hears it, was it really asked?

the spectator has some good commentary on the whole issue over here and the guardian has some further coverage this morning. it seems that a question is being tabled in the commons about the question which can't be discussed. how's that going to go for a parliamentary debate?! are they going to have to refer to "Question X"? "The Question Which Must Not Be Named"?

edit: stephen fry is claiming victory via twittersphere but for whatever reason, the gag order is rescinded.

1 comment:

Simon Owens said...

Hey Karra, can you shoot me an email? I couldn't find your address on your blog: simon.bloggasm@gmail.com