Tonight at 9pm on the Parliament Channel David Wilby presents a special programme taking a look at how Parliamentary life has changed since letting TV cameras broadcast its daily business.
The autumn of 1989 was the culmination of years of arguments in Parliament; was it a necessary feature of a modern democracy for the public to watch their elected representatives at work? Or would the TV cameras destroy the sanctity of Parliament, with broadcasters manipulating the pictures and mischievous MPs using the cameras for self-publicity?
The programme will have details of a survey for BBC Parliament which reveals that more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of MPs think televising has made Parliament more transparent, while 93 per cent of MPs think that a Parliament closed off to television would now be "unthinkable".
But concerns about the broadcasting of Parliament remain, with 21 per cent of MPs claiming that televising the House of Commons has undermined its dignity.
That may be so, but would anyone seriously argue that the cameras should be withdrawn? Most of us would argue for the idiotic restrictions which prevent certain shots being shown whould be completely lifted.