PMQs - Entertainment not accountability
I have not being going to PMQs that much recently. That is mainly because I find I can be more effective dealing with things in my office. PMQs is quite an entertaining spectacle, but really does not help in terms of accountability.
The House of Commons is actually quite bad at holding the government to account. That is obvious when you look at the ludicrous responses I have got from departments about the costs of red boxes. Some have given a straight answer, some have avoided the question and others have claimed that it would cost too much to find out how many red boxes they have bought.
What this results in is the government party having a tendency to introduce legislation to change government. Often it could be done simply by administrative instruction. However, we end up instead with a piece of legislation.