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Saturday, 19 June 2010
Hearing or Public Flogging?
Press coverage of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on the Gulf of Mexico disaster has been mixed. Predictably, much of the British press have portrayed it as a "public flogging" - rather than a balanced inquiry. Frequent references were made to the fact that all members of the House will be facing elections in November. But are those cynical comments justified? How aggressive should hearings be?
There are important questions to be considered about the purposes and value of high profile hearings - I hope people will look behind the headlines and consider the importance of scrutiny withion legislatures.
Retired (save for presenting a show on Spectrumonair Internet Radio). An experienced lecturer, tutor and researcher with practical experience of working in the UK and European Parliaments.
I have a keen academic and practical interest in the workings of both the UK Parliament and the US Congress.
Over the years I have broadcast on both British and US Politics for BBC local radio stations and presented Platform:MK and Heritage:MK on a Milton Keynes Community Radio Station. I will be presenting "PPS" a programme about the process of decision making and legislating in the UK, US & around the world on Spectrumonair from March 2021