A ‘Zoom parliament’ is bad for democracy

Is the new normal here to stay? For the sake of our parliamentary democracy, let’s hope not, writes Claire in The Spectator… 

At the very time when the Executive needed to be prodded, probed and interrogated over the hundreds of statutory instruments controlling every aspect of public life, Parliament was reduced to stultifying and formulaic set speeches; there was little ability for peers or MPs to push each other for clarity or to dig deeply into ministers’ answers or explanations. What has been lost in the process is the meaningful, interactive spontaneity that is so vital to the lifeblood of Parliament. Our democracy has suffered as a result….

Read the full article on The Spectator.