It is great to be back here in the office, after the busy period of Christmas, New Year, assignments and exams. Reading the Yorkshire post I came across a small article with the headline “‘Arcane’ parliament needs a huge kick up the backside, says new MP” which sparked my interest, and I thought it would be an interesting topic to discuss in this week’s blog.
The renovations of the palace of Westminster have sparked comments from MP’s. SNP’s David Linden commented that he believes the current building should be turned into a museum and a new Parliament building moved further north into the Midlands. I am inclined to agree with this statement as well as his comment, that the UK cannot have everything concentrated in one small corner of England. To move to somewhere more central would make it more accessible, for constituents and MPs.
The age and current state of the building are the reasons for the necessary refurbishments. The amount of money needed for this could be better spent on the building of somewhere more modest in the midlands, with the current buildings remaining as they are as a museum. This would still attract the same level of tourism and perhaps even generate more, with more available access. The Houses of Parliament are an important part of British history, but perhaps in the 21st century it is time for a change, and possibly a move away from London to a more central location, may be more beneficial in modern Britain. Scunthorpe is quite a central town, wouldn’t it be fantastic to have the new houses of parliament so close to our town.