The Environment Secretary has argued the House of Commons should be equipped with a projector to enable MPs to use visual aids in debates.
Many years ago I was a member of the organising committee for Amnesty International AGMs and a similar issue came up over whether people could use visual aids when speaking during the AGM debates. My brother certainly put this option to good use with a simple but striking graph in one debate. But subsequently, the issue caused some debate when someone wanted to use photographs to illustrate a point about human rights abuses.
I sympathise with Caroline Spelman’s underlying point – she often deals with issues that are best illustrated with the assistance of maps – but can you imagine PMQs with exchanges of death by PowerPoint bullet point slides?
Mind you, a little Nick Clegg could pop up on Cameron’s slides, Microsoft Office Paperclip style, to say “… but not all the parties in the coalition agree with that”.