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WEBCHAT GUIDELINES 1. One question per member plus one follow-up. 2. Keep your question brief. 3. Don't moan if your question doesn't get answered. 4. Do be civil/polite. More 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.

NotSoRampantRabbit Thu 15-Oct-09 13:43:07

I'd like to know whether there is any intention to review the age at which children start school? When I were a lass you started school in the term of your 5th birthday and therefore started with a group of your peers. At 4.3 years DS is very young (I feel) for school, but I didn't want to keep him back and have him start on his own in January/April. The evidence seems to suggest that summer born children are less likely to achieve their potential. What's your view?

<excited at opportunity to interrogate PM>

Disenchanted3 Thu 15-Oct-09 13:43:23

He said he liked my childrens names grin ad was talking to DH about star wars hmm

Paolosgirl Thu 15-Oct-09 13:47:43

He's brave.

I would like to ask him if he really plans to scrap Employer Supported Childcare Vouchers, and if so, why? They help thousands of families to meet the ever-increasing cost of childcare, allow women with children to continue to work, and help the economy to grow - crucial, given the current economic climate. Why, when over 44,000 have signed a No. 10 e-petition asking him NOT to phase these out, would he continue to press ahead? Providing 2 hrs a day of nursery places to some 2 year olds is simply robbing more of Peter to pay less of Paul.

I'd also like to ask him how he can hold his head up in public, but that's for another day - and the ballot box.

flowerybeanbag Thu 15-Oct-09 13:48:45

How exciting! I need to think of a brilliantly incisive question to ask...

alwayslookingforanswers Thu 15-Oct-09 13:51:05

No questions to ask - but just told DH you've managed to get him and DH said " you just need Obama now" when are MNHQ going to get him on for a chat wink

megapixels Thu 15-Oct-09 13:55:27

OMG is this for real? Can't think of anything to ask yet, too excited. Whoo hoo Gordon Brown.

*is amazed at how sad she sounds*

fabhead Thu 15-Oct-09 13:57:29

I owuld also like to ask why on earth he is getting rid of childcare vouchers - most women I know couldn't have returned to work without them.

StealthPolarBear Thu 15-Oct-09 13:57:46

wow I'm impressed!
off to think of a question

Sallypuss Thu 15-Oct-09 13:58:03


What a coup! Really looking forward to the webchat.

My question in advance:

What are the Labour party doing to encourage the stability of the family and hard working people like myself? I feel this is at the heart of so many of the country's current issues i.e. there is no incentive to marry any more from a tax or any other perspective; divorce is much easier; hard working families just see their incomes eroded to support those who don't work; childcare vouchers which are a lifeline to so many will be scrapped.

Oh, and if you could get his policy makers to stop villifying working mothers I'd appreciate that too as how are we ever going to get real equality until we have that(some of us have to work as we're the only breadwinner in the household!!!)

francaghostohollywood Thu 15-Oct-09 13:59:48

Oh well done MNHQ!

I like GB. And I like Hassled's question.

On a more superficial note, I really wonder how embarassing it is for most English politicians to meet the prime minister of my country, Mr Berlusconi grin

bossykate Thu 15-Oct-09 14:00:46

Gordon, would you consider a windfall tax on banks? Considering the generosity of the tax-payer in bailing out and propping up the entire banking system last year, shouldn't some of the profits be socialised if the losses were?

Do you agree with Mervyn King that too big to fail is simply too big when it comes to banks?

How do you feel about Sarah's popularity on Twitter? Is she a mumsnetter? smile

How can we justify engaging in armed conflict in Afghanistan to prop up a corrupt and inhumane regime?

How do you, on a personal level, deal with the relentless barrage of hostile media coverage you have to put up with? Does your family get upset about it on your behalf?

What would you do differently if you were starting over with tax credits?

Thank you very much for coming to Mumsnet to answer our questions.

bossykate Thu 15-Oct-09 14:01:33

scrapping childcare vouchers! shock

bossykate Thu 15-Oct-09 14:02:36

please, please answer the one on windfall tax! smile

i think it would win you the election you know! smile

<<abandons serious professional demeanour>>

TheCrackFox Thu 15-Oct-09 14:03:27

I would like to ask him about ID cards. Are we still going ahead with this in spite of the fact that we cannot afford them?

bossykate Thu 15-Oct-09 14:04:05

i will say this - i am so, so glad it was gordon brown and alistair darling in charge last october and not david cameron and george osborne.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Oct-09 14:05:21

Don't forget the one question each rule folks - otherwise you're liable to only get the one answered you least want answered iyswim...

flowerybeanbag Thu 15-Oct-09 14:05:41

I bet Sarah is a MNer bossykate

<<waves to Sarah>>

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 15-Oct-09 14:07:48

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ajandjjmum Thu 15-Oct-09 14:08:20

Please please please reduce the red-tape in small businesses, so that we can work productively to survive, not worrying about form filling etc. The promise keeps being made, but is not being honoured.

TheBatterflyEffect Thu 15-Oct-09 14:09:37

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LoveBeingAMummy Thu 15-Oct-09 14:12:19

Dear Gordon

I am a fall out of the banking crisis, a manager in a bank call centre who was made redundant a few months after returning from mat leave, that bank is 70% owned by the tax payer. Not only that but i was also duped by Sir Fred into giving more money whilst i was on mat leave.

My question is banking is all i have done, I don't have a degree, my husband was made redundant just after our daughter was born and is now employed through an agency.

What advice do you have for me and my family?

And why am I paying and Fred is not?

BobbingForPeachys Thu 15-Oct-09 14:16:00

Well done MN- wow!

1. Carers- your thoughts please? Also why can't students get carer's allowance? Does your party think care needs drop when an adult tries to study?

3. DLA administerd by Social Services as is planned with Attendance Allowance- bad idea, not enough social workers and too narrow definitions of what constitutes a disability being used (my aggressive son with Aspegers not coverd for example), whereas DLA is totally needs based and one of the very few fair (ish) systems in place when properly applied.

4. ID cards, bad idea. Save the money and reap the publcity.

Good luck at the election- you'll need it but I will have my fingers crossed for you. As a carer I feel far less vulnerable under Labour.

Swedes2Turnips0 Thu 15-Oct-09 14:16:19

I'd like to ask Gordon Brown if the so called Loch Fyne Accord ever really happened?

Bossykate - The government wasn't just bailing out banks though. It was bailing out banks to avert much wider failure - small, medium and large busineses that would have inevitably struggled and failed had the bank been allowed to fail.

daftpunk Thu 15-Oct-09 14:16:48

how confident are you that Labour can win an historic fourth term in power...?

thank you.

VulpusinaWilfsuit Thu 15-Oct-09 14:17:25

'Kinell. He knows he's gonna lose the election but that we are Agenda Setters. Or summat?

Must put it in diary so as not to FORGET.

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