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In a recent social media spectacle, a Labour MP found herself the subject of widespread ridicule after posing a seemingly straightforward question about the Post Office on Twitter. Rachael Maskell, the Member of Parliament for York, directed her query to Business Minister Kemi Badenoch, seeking an assessment of the potential merits of bringing the Post Office under public ownership, following the heightened attention brought about by the ITV drama on the Post Office Horizon scandal.

The response, however, took an unexpected turn when Minister for the Post Office, Kevin Hollinrake, promptly clarified that the Post Office Limited is already under public ownership. The exchange was spotted by a Twitter user with the handle RobNoLastName, leading to a wave of amusement on social media platforms. Critics seized on the incident, with one commentator deeming it evidence that some politicians “really don’t have a clue,” while another remarked on their perceived lack of intelligence.

A third commentator humorously speculated about the possibility of such individuals leading the country in the future, emphasizing the perceived shortcomings in their understanding of key issues. The incident underscores the potential consequences of public figures facing criticism and mockery in the age of social media, told Daily Express.

Last year, a Cabinet Office minister acknowledged the substantial cost associated with responding to Written Questions by MPs, considering the multifaceted factors involved in addressing them. The staggering number of 61,427 Written Questions submitted across both the Lords and the Commons in 2022 further highlights the extensive demand for information from parliamentarians.

Reflecting on historical data, a House of Commons library briefing from 2010 revealed that each question cost approximately £149 in 2008. Extrapolating based on inflation, it’s estimated that Ms. Maskell’s question could have incurred a cost of around £232.47. This aspect introduces an additional layer to the social media incident, raising questions about the financial implications of parliamentary inquiries and the broader dynamics of communication between MPs and government officials.

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