Tom Watson MP Shoots Himself in the Mouth

Sirs,

Tom Watson MP’s desire to see himself quoted in newspapers and interviewed on television totally undermined any desire he might have had to get to the truth behind the phone hacking saga.

His closing comment equating James Murdoch as “the only mafia boss who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise” was deeply misjudged and managed at a stroke to render irrelevant anything and everything else he asked of Murdoch, including his conversation with Neville Thurlbeck.

Letting enthusiastic and egotistical amateurs like him ask important questions of people like Murdoch has made a mockery of Parliament and the committee system it relies upon.

Paul Harper

Pointless Prime Minister’s Questions

Enough is enough. Rant at The Independent after another pathetically juvenile PMQs:

Sirs,

How depressing it has become to watch Prime Minister’s Questions these days.

Planted questions from government backbenchers; pointless posturing from the opposition MPs; pre-written insults from Ed Miliband responded to by unconnected but equally pre-written jibes from the Prime Minister.

The overall impression given after each half-hour session is that we just endured a battle of wits between unarmed opponents. It’s embarrassing, and goes some way towards explaining the ease and freedom with which foreign leaders feel able to tell us to butt out.

Paul Harper