Who in the world listens to Parliament proceedings? Even the shortest ones bored the heck out of me.
Besides civil servants and students doing research, no one in the right mind will want to sit through long droning by politicians who only say the safest stuff.
Don’t believe me? Click on this Channel News Asia link and click on any video. See if you can watch it fully without switching your page to Lazada.
I was amazed when The Straits Times reported that “over the past 10 years, the average time taken for parliamentary sittings has crept up. Between 2006 and 2011, each sitting lasted 5 hours and 8 minutes on average. This has gone up to 6 hours and 23 minutes in the current term of Parliament.”
Omg, seriously? I didn’t know that my MPs are working that hard.
I decided to check this trivia out and click the Channel News Asia link.
Voila, I must say our MPs do love to give long speeches. I shan’t name-shame in case I tio defamation suits but I do think that a few of them need to go for speechwriting 101. Luckily for them, Mediacorp helped to cut their speeches short during broadcast.
Actually what’s worse than long speeches is that most speeches are just repeats of each other. The content doesn’t change much from one speech to another.
Until the day when our Parliament can be as exciting as the one in UK, I think MPs should just keep their speeches succinct. I mean the government is quite disdainful for Parliament to turn into some form of entertainment right?
In that case, just go straight to the point.