‘Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.’
Pericles’ point is perhaps a pertinent one in today’s society; but it is not one that is relevant to St Mary’s Politics’ students as their interest in the subject is very much apparent! Our trip to London on Monday 4th December rather exemplified that as we all jumped into the minibus at 7am to make sure we arrived on time. Three (and a bit) hours later we had made it through security at the Houses of Parliament and we were meeting with James Gray MP, the MP for North Wiltshire. We had a fascinating tour around the chambers, which are smaller than they look on TV, as well as some of the lesser-known rooms such as the underground chapel.
After lunch we were fortunate to have got tickets, organised by Mr Gray, to sit in the viewing gallery in the commons. It was really exciting to see the scrutiny of the executive in action as MPs quizzed Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on a variety of issues from homelessness, transport links and starter homes.
It was an excellent experience for all concerned.
Mrs Samantha Handy, Head of History, Government and Politics