Is anything more foolish than a vote in parliament where each voting MP gets a chance to explain his vote – i.e. say why he/she votes yes or no? Who cares? Why not get on with voting? It is maybe nothing more than the ultimate expression of what parliamentary debates tend to be: expressing opinions. But opinions are basically uninteresting (Chomsky is right about that). Anyone is entitled to an opinion. What is interesting is arguing one way or the other. Since in parliament the focus seems to be on stating opinions and of course on claiming that anyone holding a different view is either a fool or a villain, there is something deeply and desperately uninteresting about listening to parliamentary debates. And listening to MP’s „explain their vote“ is even worse.

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