POSTED ON Mar 29th 2013 BY LESLIE LOFTIS UNDER Adult Beverages, Motherhood, Politics
British mothers are called on by their children to answer more questions per hour than David Cameron does during Prime Minister’s Questions, averaging 23 to Cameron’s 22.
For the Americans, Questions to the Prime Minister, or PMQ’s, happen every Wednesday that Parliament is in session. The Prime Minister shows up in the House of Commons and gets peppered with questions by MP’s for half an hour. They are fun to watch and I’ve long wanted to import them to the US. Imagine the President having to stand in front of the House and answer questions from the opposition leader and any other member of the House. Not only would it require the President to have working mastery of the foundations of his policies and provide voters with a better understanding of those policies, but also, the questions asked might illuminate the character and competency, or lack thereof, of members of the House. Watch this PMQ scene from The Iron Lady,* and imagine the possibilities. (Of note, PMQ’s used to be more polite before the boys went after Thatcher. But anything goes when battling conservative women, anything.)
But I digress.
It seems that the UK Prime Minister, standing in front of the entire House of Commons gets fewer questions per hour than a typical stay at home mom (or dad). I can’t believe they took a survey on that, frankly. Any mom could have told them this (or that kids are the biggest driving distraction). In fact, the 23 to 22 questions/hour is too close to be true and makes me wonder if the survey counted repeat questions. As a friend mentioned, repeaters should at least double the mom average as kids, especially young ones, use repetition to learn, just like scientists, actually. ” I wonder if I get the same answer if I ask my question from the corner of the room? While mom is on the toilet? If I invert the subject and object? If I shout? If I whisper?…”
The comparison also fails to account for the fact that PMQ’s only happen once a week. Afterwards the PM can have his staff keep most things at bay while he has a drink in a quiet room to soothe his nerves. Better still, that staff can research and prep him on the answers. I get no lead time on—I kid you not, this was a real question from Calvin yesterday—’What was the most epic fail of the Illuminati in history?’ It was a test question, not a query. He had an answer and wanted to test my knowledge.
Those short fuses that you might have noticed that moms get at the end of the day? The post 5pm tweets that suddenly take on an exasperated tone and often mention adult beverages? We take PMQ’s all day long.
*While searching for a good video clip of Thatcher during PMQ’s, more than once one of the top “Related Videos” was Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker.