The saying that “all the worlds a stage” is illustrated by how the media is so much part of everyone’s life. Half a millennium ago citizens were given insights into the workings of government via plays in open style theatres which cost a few pence to attend. The poor stood of course, while the rich could afford an on stage seat. Now we have the stage in the living room either a TV or a computer and many more citizens can add to the discussions via social media.
The workings of the Palace of Westminster are discussed daily on the TV, and even a newsletter can be obtained showing the daily work, for example here is a list of just a few of the committee meetings and discussions held in the past we
1.Environmental Audit Committee calls for halt to fracking
to amend Infrastructure Bill as fracking incompatible with climate change targets
2.Scottish cabinet secretary to give evidence on inter-governmental relations
26-01-2015 10:52 AM GMT
Lords Constitution Committee to hear from Scottish government, committee chairs and officials
3.MPs Mersey Gateway Project and Tyne Tunnels examined
21-01-2015 01:25 PM GMT
Committee holds evidence session on two new crossings for strategic river crossings inquiry
Tweets from Westminster too-And then there are Tweets, even the House of Lords gets in on the act……
RT @LordsArcticCom: Video highlights of the recent schools #ArcticDebate are now available at: http://t.co/QLQffzJ9KQ
#ArPeers press govt for progress report on the teaching of foreign languages in #schools. Watch now http://t.co/YM2zuhj22k @educationgovuk
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And as you can see all can be watched via video links.
This is all very good and educational, but should we be a nation of just watchers and not doers. Action and Words someone once said, the same person who said about the worlds a stage. Its all part of being a citizen and participating. DSC02955

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The State Opening of Parliament happened this morning.  It  often DSC00298

occurs in October, but there is a shorter time to get legislation through since the general election is to be  May 2015-so they need to do a lot of talking?

Below the Queen tells her Lords and Commons what that legislation might be. Just before this the Commons are summoned by Black Rod who walks to the Commons and has the door shut in his face- indicating that the Commons are independent of the Lords and Monarch and will not be commanded. This springs from Charles 1 and his demands on Parliament.

 

DSC00314 DSC00300Seen on BBC TV.

The Commons then walk to the House of Lords to hear the Queens Speech-the tune and words are put together by the political party in power.

This year the topics are giving free school meals to all entrants to Primary Schools, new planning laws allowing more new building, encouraging small business, making it easy to for Fracking near homes and introducing a 10p charge in England for plastic bags-to protect the environment.

The glamour of the royal event and the plain suited members of parliament are in great contrast with each other.  For the Queen she has been  this for six decades, so much she must have seen. The words in the Speech say it is to produce a fairer society-other details of the Speech indicate reform of structures regarding members of parliament and Europe.

I wonder how many people watched the event on TV, it is important-to connect the past with the present and the future.  Its all there one just needs to look and listen.