You can watch UK parliament on Twitch and it is surreal

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Bernie Sanders has his own Twitch channel now (opens in new tab), why not the entire UK parliament? They're not getting together to play Minecraft on a shared server and argue about who is putting in the most effort: ukparliament (opens in new tab) is an unofficial channel that streams parliamentary debates to make the process of UK democracy visible to a wider audience. It also has emotes.

Now, I've seen some strange things happen during question time in the Australian parliament and the United States Congress has plenty of oddness of its own, but the singular British brand of WTFery on display in the House of Commons makes for better viewing than any Dota match I've ever tried to sit through. 

You get infamous Speaker of the House John Bercow shouting for order then following up with, "I say to the Chancellor of the Duchy that when he turns up at our children's school as a parent he's a very well-behaved fellow!" Meanwhile the chat goes wild. Twitch chat and jeering parliamentary backbenchers have a lot in common.

Or you can watch Green Party MP Caroline Lucas berating Jacob Rees-Mogg (opens in new tab) for lounging around like Oscar Wilde instead of sitting up straight like everyone who doesn't live in a mansion made of other smaller mansions, and then spot a notification pop up in the corner of the screen that says, "Big_Ol_Tities followed."

The 21st century is not turning out like I expected.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.