Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The speaker is a technophobic old fart

I've just been watching Question Time, and been stunned by a ten minute argument over whether an MP could ask to table a DVD-ROM full of TV ads. Permission to ask for leave was denied summarily by the Speaker, despite having been granted in the past. His reason? Standing Orders allow for the tabling of "documents", and

A document is a piece of paper.
Yes, that's right - our Speaker is firmly stuck in the C19th, before the advent of digital media. He's simply a technophobic old fart, futilely shaking his stick at the future.