Trawling my favourite blogs tonight after a weekend away and I see that Miss Wagstaffe has a photograph up of a full chamber in the House of Commons for Prime Minister's Questions. 'Sights you don't see in the Senedd' she/he entitles it. Not sure this is fair. There are around 650 (don't know exactly) against 60 and they can sit where they want, while AMs have their own individual seats. And there's only room for around 400 (don't know this exactly either) on the green benches anyway. And there is the problem that the front row seats are reserved for Ministers who tend not to be there.
But there is another reason, which was one of the issues that Alun Davies and I discussed with Patrick Hanaan on Called to Order last Friday. And that is the sheer boringness of some of the exchanges. The clips that Patrick used were Rhodri and Nick Bourne having a verbal joust, over several questions and answers when they seemed to totally agree with each other. It did sound a bit silly. I had to agree that the aspect of Assembly activity that I didn't miss were the 'Questions to Ministers' sessions - especially FMQs. Main problem is that everything is so contrived or so predictable or so repetitive. If a question is at all interesting, Rhodri won't answer it. And he gets away with it, because he has the most amazing headful of facts and information that he can talk for so long about any subject under the sun that he can totally anaesthetise the brain of the questioner and the listening public.
I must admit that I resented having to sit in the Chamber listening to what passes for questions and answers, which rarely provided any new information, when I had a stack of work to do in my office. What happens of course is that AMs bring work down to the Chamber with them. Ministers might even be caught signing Xmas cards! AMs might even be caught blogging!