Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Play 'MP for a Week'

Not a joke - an initiative aimed at 11-14-year-olds, supported by Speaker Bercow.

Using footage from the Commons chamber, as well as interviews with politicians, 'MP for a Week' allows players to experience the daily life of a backbench MP and be scored according on the effect their decisions have.

Unlike other on-line games aimed at children, there are no guns or bombs, no blood-fest and no zombies to slaughter.

Players are able to choose their speeches, use their mouse to get the Speaker's attention and even 'face a baying pack of journalists'. The game also includes footage of MPs giving advice to players, including Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik, Labour's Natascha Engel and Conservative Adam Afriyie.

Tom O'Leary, head of the Parliament's Education Service, believes the game will give students a better understanding of how Parliament works. He said: "MP for a Week gives students an understanding of how Parliament works in a way that hasn't been attempted before - by letting players experience life on the back benches. By learning through play, we hope students will find the political process interesting and more meaningful to them."

Learning through play?

Isn't that how real MPs familiarise themselves with the political process?

Does the game come with an unlimited expenses option?


Anonymous clairefontaine said...

I refused to appear at a celebrity charity event and expressed declined to act on a scientist's advice regarding global warming. The two moves apparently made me so unpopular with the electorate that I got "game over" on the first day, with the whip being withdrawn.

Nice to see that they're not using this "educational game" to indoctrinate children...

12 January 2010 at 18:52  
Anonymous clairefontaine said...

Scratch the "expressed" in the above!

Word verification: endron...

12 January 2010 at 18:52  
Anonymous Bag Lady said...

Your Grace, Is there a bit which tells us would be MP's on how to claim the maximum expenses and then to cheat, fiddle and lie about this to the public?

BTW, I do not know D.Singh.

12 January 2010 at 19:21  
Anonymous Bag Lady said...

Your Grace, whilst off topic, D.Singh has been gone for more than 3 weeks. I hope that he is OK....

Also , what's happened to glovy? I miss our resident athesit.

12 January 2010 at 19:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D.Sigh is receiving therapy and Glovy is teaching the Alpha course in his local church. (I am Stan is on his third box of tissues)

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

12 January 2010 at 19:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is no place for the faint hearted or the insecure. This is the Lord's work.

"Good men" are what righteousness is all about. We who have claimed salvation through faith in Jesus are declared righteous in the sight of God. Now, there are many who would claim such righteousness, yet fail to display righteousness. We can't call them "Good". John declares such men liars.

12 January 2010 at 19:51  
Anonymous Ned the Horse said...

Your Grace, I wonder if this educational video explains how Parliament is run by the party system and of the various methods the Whips have in telling the cannon fodder how to vote?

12 January 2010 at 20:10  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

Your Grace,

In addition to expense rule exploitation, I hope the Game includes:

A Spinometer
Moral compass rotor
Straightfaced lie tester
Truth blocker
Cast iron pledge breaker
Random policy generator
Deficit repayment calculator
Coup plotting tools
Removal of Speaker facility
Political Correctness scanning
Equality & Diversity monitoring
And a Guy Fawkes reset button.

12 January 2010 at 20:19  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

In a strangely sarcastic mood Your Grace?

12 January 2010 at 20:41  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Your Grace, I wonder if this educational video also explains how Parliament has allowed the current government to do the following:

1) capitulate all of its powers to Brussels
2) have a Prime Minister who has not sought election.
3) Permit opposition politicians to be arrested
4) The printing money to fund an extravagant state spending spree.
5) A stagnating economy
6) Turn the ‘dixon of dock green’ policemen into features of a police state
7) End trial by jury
8)More employment in the state than the private sector
9)Persecution of Christians via odious equality legislation
10) An end to Habeas Corpus.

12 January 2010 at 20:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we need to best describe parliament is a game which combines the most salient features of CHESS, SNAKES and LADDERS, and of course MONOPOLY, with the Jesuit general thieving from the bank, while constantly changing all of the rules.

Or to bring the whole thing more up to date, a salient combination of Command and Conquer 3, Lord of the Rings, and DOOM.

Does this game include a very high class whore house, catering from MR or Mrs Whip, all the way to rent a very young person indeed, with rocking horse and nappy changing facilities? If not WHY not, because no parliament would possibly be allowed to exist with out such a place being apparently freely available.

12 January 2010 at 22:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I please remind people of this extremely important FACT.

Many roads lead to London. However they ALL lead to ROME.

12 January 2010 at 23:25  
Anonymous FX 初心者 said...

In the current society, knowledge society and adult education is very important. But, a lot of people do not know how to do it. Learning through play is a good way. We should try it.

13 January 2010 at 04:41  
Anonymous Rosie said...

Oh I think this is wonderful. I only hope that the Speaker's conference review gets implemented in full.Especially the sections on promoting diversity, by forcing parties to have a minimum amount of candidates who are women or who are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. We are really a progessive left country now. I only hope that the country sees this and rewards Labour and Brown will a further 5 year term in office.

13 January 2010 at 09:08  
Anonymous All things to all people, Liberal Idiotcrats said...

Hopefully there is a section which explains the merits of PR and the AV voting system, which in conjunction with various voting reforms (such as abolishing the tory party because it is against the equality agenda) will see a liberal democrat victory at the next election.

13 January 2010 at 09:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

‘Play at being an MP’ – the only difference being that ‘real’ MPs get to pay themselves with our real money and not Monopoly money.

13 January 2010 at 09:35  

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