Friday, 4 July 2014
CHANCELLOR George Osborne was quizzed by a panel of First News readers on Wednesday, in the first edition of Hotseat with Sky News.
Alice Chubb, Evelyn Singleton, Jessica Trueman, Jonathan Brown, Prabhleen Grewal and Samuel Raddings put their questions to Chancellor. He spoke with the panel about his life, his job and his decisions.
The first Hotseat took place after tens of thousands of people called for a shake-up of Prime Minister's Questions – the weekly session in Parliament which gives politicians the chance to quiz PM David Cameron. Responding to the petition, Mr Osborne said: "I know when you see it on television it can look very rowdy, and people are shouting at each other and they're grown-ups, but, actually the issues we're talking about are really important to people's lives and they're important to our country and in the world – and people feel very strongly about them and they don't always agree.
"I'd much rather have a House of Commons, a Parliament, that is lively and people feel passionately about things, than a really quiet place. If you ever watch on TV the parliament or so called parliament of North Korea which is a dictatorship, it is totally silent and all they do is applaud the Leader."
Watch the session in full below: