Tricky questions from the youngest

Image caption MP and questioners from Berewood Primary School

It takes a difficult question to floor George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley in Hampshire.

I wouldn't like to suggest he has an answer for everything, just that he's someone who's thought about a wide range of issues, and has always been happy to tackle whatever I've thrown at him on the Sunday Politics.

So hats off to one of the youngest pupils at Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville who had her MP stumped, when he asked for questions on a visit.

She asked: "Why are they called the Houses of Parliament if no-one lives there?"

Mr Hollingbery replied: "I had to admit that I didn't know."

Checking with the information service at Parliament they didn't have a ready answer either.

They can explain why it's called the Palace of Westminster (there are still the Royal Peculiar rooms for the Queen's use) and point out that the speaker does live in his house.

But the closest they got was to suggest that it may have been a different sort of house - like House of Tudor, or House of Cards, perhaps.

It left me thinking with elections around the corner, perhaps we should ditch Dimbleby and Paxman and Henley too, and leave the really tough questioning to the youngest.

Like the boy in the story of the emperor's new clothes, they wonder about the sort of things that would never have occurred to you otherwise.

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