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Jolly Good Show! UK's House of Lords Gets Hits on YouTube

Jolly Good Show! UK's House of Lords Gets Hits on YouTube

Scoot over Obama Girl, Britain's House of Lords debuted five new YouTube videos this week hoping to spruce up its image as a sleepy haven for elderly, monocled chaps.

The quick clips will air on YouTube's Parliament channel, which has been offering virtual tours of the Parliament building. The new videos try to soften the upper house by making it more accessible to youthful viewers.

The Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman (see! Baronesses! They're just like us!) said, "The videos we have placed on the YouTube channel reflect the diversity and expertise in the House of Lords and its relevance to young people, and we hope that they will help to combat some of the outdated stereotypes of members of the upper house." To see what's in the videos and find out what other high-tech tricks they're up to,


With a production budget of $10,000, they're not your average cute-kitten vids. The focus is on the growing number of minorities and women in the lofty body, and for that youthful edge they were after? Well, they do have the young 'uns — mostly asking questions about what the devil the House of Lords does all day.

Oh, even better than the videos? The — wait for it — "Lords of the Blog," the house's very own, you guessed it, blog. Why just last Thursday blogged about how quickly rumors spread throughout Parliament's two houses. Scandal! Now in all seriousness I'm forever impressed by the Prime Minister's Questions, and would love to see that exported. But Lords on YouTube? What do you think? Will this help mind the gap between the elite and those they rule?

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The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Haha it was basically West Wing for Parliament, but mostly from the perspective of different young people just starting out (aids, researchers, junior policy staff), and it chronicled their personal and professional dramas. It was my life at the time, so naturally I loved it :-D
stephley stephley 9 years
No, never seen Party Animals.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Ahhhh, I love all the characters at Parliament. Every single elected with whom I worked was absolutely CRAZY in his/her own way (and they let it show on Wednesday mornings, hehe), but good sorts ;-) Sideline: has anyone seen that show Party Animals?
stephley stephley 9 years
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
:rotfl: Yes! If I can be Her Lady Highness of Ye Olde Shoppes-Upon-the-Morn :pet:
stephley stephley 9 years
May I change my login to Baroness Stephley of Fresh Peanutbutter Cup?
stephley stephley 9 years
So I watched the video, went to google and looked up the House of Lords - I'm still not clear on what the Lords Spiritual and Temporal do, but it sounds like a think tank and I want to go be one because it sounds like an easy job with a swell office. Best British upper name: Baroness Young of Old Scone.
TuesdaySurprise TuesdaySurprise 9 years
Before watching this video, things I knew about British government I learned from the movie What a girl wants. Unfortunately the caffeine from my coffee has yet to sink in so the main thing that I remember from the video is that most people don't know which house does what. :P
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