Stepping out in her new role for the Guardian, Katharine Murphy contacted me and asked me for an economic question to put to the PM. It was nice of her to ask, and I thought it a worthy challenge, but couldn’t really come up with much for a day or so. I didn’t want it to be a typical ‘gotcha’ question, and I wanted it to draw out the PM. I would have liked to have held a Troppo comp on it – now that the Mercedes sports has been repaired from its heartbreaking plunge down the Burj Khalifa during the Dubai Grand Prix. But Katherine wanted not to do that which is understandable. So I provided the question which is below the fold which she was very happy with.
I’d naturally be interested in Troppodillians’ ideas of what a good question would be, though obviously the prize will be much less valuable – In this case an afternoon with the Troppo FJ HotRod “Rooter” for thirty doughies at Calder Skidpan.
Political leaders generally have to present themselves as decisive and resolute and their policies as the right ones. However they must often make difficult decisions, not just because they must balance the needs of different constituencies but also because it is difficult to know what the best decision is.
What decisions have you made on your government’s/party’s economic policy in the last year that you’ve found most difficult on the merits? What did you find difficult about them and why did you come out where you did?
The PM didn’t miss a beat as you can see here. She also gives a good account of herself in responding to Julian Morrow’s question – which in spirit at least was not a million miles from mine – which is to say an open one.