Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 4th June 2008.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 11:30 am, 4th June 2008

What advice does the Prime Minister have for people who receive nuisance phone calls early in the morning? The caller has a metallic voice, he just will not hang up, and he has a very repetitive message. If the Prime Minister is not able to put a stop to it, will his Cabinet?

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David Clark
Posted on 5 Jun 2008 4:41 pm (Report this annotation)

What a waste of a question; cannot the Conservative back benchers do better.

Christopher Ashley
Posted on 5 Jun 2008 5:30 pm (Report this annotation)

This question has value, computer voice genereated custom telephone calls are just coming on stream to bug you to death. Some banks have begun using them to chase loans. I received two blank computer generated text messages last night my self, which cost next to nothing for someone to send. Imagine if this practice becomes as prevalent as e-mail spam!

James Maxwell
Posted on 9 Jun 2008 4:46 pm (Report this annotation)

I'm not sure either of the above two commentators (in particular the 2nd) understood the point of this question: it refers to Brown's new habit of phoning up members of the public. He is rightly mocked for it... it is an utter wate of the PM's time, and will not make a material difference to anything. GB is the most deeply inadequate PM I have ever come across, he simply has no idea of how to get himself out of his own mess. It's like the first XI playing the U13c team watching PMQ's these days, you almost feel sorry for him.

David Clark
Posted on 9 Jun 2008 7:13 pm (Report this annotation)

James, I realise the context of the question but believe PMQs deserves something better than to be an opportunity just to mock. If he wanted to ask a question on this topic a better one have been to enquire what the PM hoped to achioeve by talking directly to the public and whether he had achieved it.