WEBCHAT GUIDELINES 1. One question per member plus one follow-up once you've had a response. 2. Keep your question brief 3. Don't moan if your question doesn't get answered. 4. Do be civil/polite. See full guidelines here.

Gordon Brown on Mumsnet this Friday (16th October) lunchtime between 1-2 pm

(1058 Posts)
JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Oct-09 13:21:13

We're delighted to announce that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will be logging on to Mumsnet for a live webchat on Friday (tomorrow) lunchtime from 1 to 2. The PM is ready to answer Mumsnetters' questions on a wide-range of policy issues from the economy to education and from childcare to climate change.

As you know we're not great ones for rule books here at MNHQ, but we'd like this to be as useful and enlightening an event as it can be, for all involved. We aren't going to pre-moderate or pre-select questions - the format will be as per usual - but given the likely popularity of this webchat, the sheer number of you all and our past experience of trying to fit everything in, we've come up with a few ground rules which we'd be very grateful if you'd follow.

Guidelines for MN webchat with PM

1. To allow as many folks as possible to be involved, please restrict your questions to one per member plus a follow up question if appropriate, i.e. once you've had a response. (NB don't even think about name changing to ask another, we'll be watching!).

2. Please keep your question reasonably brief (we'll not doing a word count but it will increase your chance of getting an answer, we suspect, if you don't bang on for paragraphs)

3. It's highly unlikely he'll be able to answer everyone's question but we'll make every effort to bring common themes to his attention. Please don't be too disappointed if your specific question doesn't get answered and do try not to keep posting "What about me?". He can't answer them all and he is the PM after all - so has a quite few time constraints.

4. Obviously you're free to voice your opinion but do be civil/polite - the PM is our guest on Mumsnet so, whatever your politics, please afford him the same cordiality you would if he stopped by your own house.

Many thanks - feel free to put your question up in advance if you can't make the live chat on Friday lunchtime.

LilRedWG Thu 15-Oct-09 13:23:01

Good rules!

BonsoirAnna Thu 15-Oct-09 13:23:15

shock

Well done MNHQ!

squeaver Thu 15-Oct-09 13:24:33

No way!!

Ed Balls obviously put in a good word!

snice Thu 15-Oct-09 13:24:41

<<tries to think of something clever>>

lankyalto Thu 15-Oct-09 13:24:55

Brilliant MNHQ! What a coup.

heartofgold Thu 15-Oct-09 13:25:22

good lord! really?

I have no idea what I'd like to ask, but congrats MN!

VinegARGHHHtits Thu 15-Oct-09 13:25:40

oh well done

<goes off to think of a sensible Q to ask the PM>

Do you think he will 'get' my name

<wonders if Gordon was ever a fan of PCBH>

scarletlilybug Thu 15-Oct-09 13:26:08

I'll look forward to it.
Let's hope GB is a quick typist, so he can answer lots of questions.

monkeysavingexpertdotcom Thu 15-Oct-09 13:26:28

That's brilliant! I love Gordon Brown. Won't be here for webchat though sad. Noone be horrid to him now.

ShutUpandDrinkYourGin Thu 15-Oct-09 13:29:31

I look forward to the prime minister writing 'Dear VinegarTits...'

Hassled Thu 15-Oct-09 13:30:37

Yay! Well done MNHQ. Will have to see if I can be quite as obsequious and toadying as I was to Ed Balls.

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 15-Oct-09 13:30:41

I can't be here. sad

But, I would like to know how the government actually believes that replacing Trident does not invalidate any of our international agreements on nuclear non-proliferation.

I would also like to know why they increased the provision of 2.5 free hours of nursery care for two year olds when there aren't enough places for 3 year olds yet. I also don't understand why the free provision can't happen on the same day making it easier for parents to go back to work part-time for 2 days a week [with their 12.5 hours on those 2 days]

I look forward to his reply grin

Dear TerryWogansCock.....

squeaver Thu 15-Oct-09 13:31:49

If we're all nice and play by the rules maybe we could ask something in return: that he (or whoever's doing the typing) answers the questions directly and avoids going straight into policy-spout mode.

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 15-Oct-09 13:32:54

Well done. I like him, I think he's decent. Flawed, but who isn't? And his wife seems lovely. So there you have it, nothing policy-related, just a vote of confidence. smile

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 15-Oct-09 13:32:59

AND,

Why didn't the PM end up with a career in education since he always seems so happy when chatting to children but less so as PM? Has he thought about teaching secondary school when he [eventually] retires?

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 15-Oct-09 13:33:59

apparently he has, sgsmum, he said so recently.

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 15-Oct-09 13:35:24

[apologises for going over agreed question limit but the teacher- career question always bugs me when I see him chatting to teenagers]

Oh no! I will be in a meeting/on a train then. sad

Brilliant news, and glad he's coming on to talk to us. But does he know what he's let himself in for?!

squeaver Thu 15-Oct-09 13:39:59

yes I like Sarah too. Maybe she could come for a web chat too?

BonsoirAnna Thu 15-Oct-09 13:40:00

My question for Gordon Brown:

What kind of secondary school would you like your son John to attend?

I like him, I met him at Old Moat Sure Start cetre earlier this year

Hassled Thu 15-Oct-09 13:42:19

I would like to ask if GB agrees that public perception of individual politicians is as important as policy when it comes to how people vote in an election. If yes, how can that be changed? How can you persuade the public to look beyond the possibly misleading media portrayal of a public figure?

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