The premise behind our website Yoosk is that people want to ask questions of those in power and we have a better chance of getting answers if we can find a way of deciding which are the best questions. This is why we employ a voting system – so that the ‘best’ questions will rise to the top.
Very often, when we approach MPs with our questions, the voting system is not needed - because there may not be so many, and the MPs are happy to answer all of them.
Occasionally though, it is useful, as on this occasion when 29 questions from Jordanian citizens were submitted to David Miliband who had agreed to answer only five.
With just 3 days to go before we start filming answers from the nominees in our Best MP campaign, we have 18 questions on the site. Only the top five will be put to the candidates, and the wisdom of the crowd will again play a part.
The current top question is from xpressurself:
‘Which is most important for you, your party or your constituency?’
A question which could elicit a one-word answer, but somehow I don’t think it will. Some questions which are not in the top five are:
‘How do you think UK democracy could be improved?’ from wastenotwant
‘What is the best/worst aspect of law making in parliament and why? from lawgeek
If you would like to see the other questions, and help us ensure that our nominated MPs don’t have too easy a time, visit yoosk (anybody can vote, you don’t need to register).