BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2007

Sarah Teather, Lib Dem Shadow Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills, is one of the panellists on tonight’s edition of Question Time (broadcast on BBC1 and online from 10.35 pm GMT).

She’ll be alongside Minister of State for Employment Caroline Flint, Conservative Shadow Secretary for Business Alan Duncan, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and businessman Paul Myners.

If you’re watching, and want to sound-off, please feel free to use the comments thread.

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34 comments

Why do weathermen always have their jackets done up? It plainly just constrains them.

Well, you did say…

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:33 pm. Reply #

Nice words from Alan Duncan (aka JR Ewing) for Vince… Just shows the lasting public power of a good, quirky phrase.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:39 pm. Reply #

Gosh doesn’t Caroline have dark hair – do you think it’s natural Alix?

by Jo A on November 29, 2007 at 10:41 pm. Reply #

No way. Her eyebrows are out of a pencil as well.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:42 pm. Reply #

She’s dragging us into the role of sensible chaps at the discussion table re: party funding! I hate it when Labour they do this.

God, Nigel Farrage is bloody stupid. And people are laughing. Oh dear.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:44 pm. Reply #

God why don’t hairdressers take more time matching skin tone and hair dye?

She’s got the HofC hairdresser at her heels too!

by Jo A on November 29, 2007 at 10:45 pm. Reply #

Quite a lot of applause for Farage’s prediction that Gordon Brown won’t lead Labour at the next election.

by Bridget Fox on November 29, 2007 at 10:46 pm. Reply #

Woah. That Cameron as a young toff line from Mr Business Suit got them going.

When did Gordon Brown realign our relations with Europe and America? Must have missed that.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:48 pm. Reply #

Election false alarm, Northern rock = key competence.

Go Sarah, go Sarah!

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:49 pm. Reply #

Flash Gordon!

Great line from Sarah!

by Jo A on November 29, 2007 at 10:49 pm. Reply #

Flint has confidence in everyone! No one’s done anything wrong! Thank God, I was starting to worry…

by Russ on November 29, 2007 at 10:52 pm. Reply #

She’s saying everyone should do things calmly, but she’s shouting at the top of her voice

by Russ on November 29, 2007 at 10:53 pm. Reply #

That was an advert of theirs a couple of months that, conjured up I think by Saatchi and Saatchi. Seems to have fallen off the table though, oddly…

Flint’s overplaying on the anger now.

Good point from the audience: “chickens come home to roost” from Brown’s period as chancellor.

Mr Business Suit argues strength of economy over past ten years. Alan Duncan off into a council-tax rant. Both totally, totally missing the point. It is systems here that are at fault, not the course of economic growth.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:55 pm. Reply #

Are we paying more tax as a population now than ever? I thought levels had remained pretty constant.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 10:57 pm. Reply #

I was told I was being paranoid last time I pointed this out, but …..

once more DD’s order of speakers is ….

Tory, Labour, UKIP (!), non-politician, member of public ….. and then Lib Dem.

Has he got it in for us ?????

by crewegwyn on November 29, 2007 at 10:57 pm. Reply #

In a situation like this, with Labour in such disarray, DD is wise to let the hapless govt minister talk as much as possible … and sink deeper and deeper and deeper …

by Russ on November 29, 2007 at 10:59 pm. Reply #

Yeah, slap down Leeds Utd! Never waste an opportunity

by Russ on November 29, 2007 at 11:01 pm. Reply #

I seem to recall Chancellor Brown announcing the end of Boom-Bust. Somewhat ironic that he now presides as PM on the cusp of a recession of his own making. Britain’s economic growth has been fuelled by unbridled credit, massive private and public debt and unsustainable speculation in landed property. I don’t understand why anyone still rates him as a successful Chancellor!

by Andrew Duffield on November 29, 2007 at 11:02 pm. Reply #

Rambling Sudan answer from Teather. How many paragraphs was that?

by Russ on November 29, 2007 at 11:03 pm. Reply #

Slightly odd-sounding twitchy anti-foreigner rant by Farrage. Imagine my surprise.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 11:06 pm. Reply #

Some entrepreneurial type should start flogging (no pun intended) key ring sized bears called Mohammed to raise money for the real forgotten victims of the Sudanese regime, currently camping in Darfur.

by Andrew Duffield on November 29, 2007 at 11:10 pm. Reply #

Grumble grumble I still say that that Oxford Union debate was flagrant me-me-me grandstanding by people who would have crumbled to dust if they’d actually faced Griffin or Irving.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 11:11 pm. Reply #

Oh no! I agree with Caroline Flint! Gah.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 11:11 pm. Reply #

Paul Myners surprisingly being a textbook liberal on the Oxford Union debate issue.

by Bridget Fox on November 29, 2007 at 11:12 pm. Reply #

“It’s like a boat race”

Thank you Sarah!

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 11:19 pm. Reply #

DD neatly reminding us that Morrissey lives in Rome.

by Bridget Fox on November 29, 2007 at 11:24 pm. Reply #

Is Morrisey not a mongrel like the rest of us?

by Andrew Duffield on November 29, 2007 at 11:28 pm. Reply #

Overall I thought Sarah, Myners and Duncan were good, Flint & Farage poor.

by Bridget Fox on November 29, 2007 at 11:35 pm. Reply #

Myners was very good. Maybe he should be donating to us instead?

by Greg Stone on November 29, 2007 at 11:37 pm. Reply #

Greg, I thought that! He probably just doesn’t have time to read enough press about us 🙁 plus ca change. In particular, his abhorrence at the Saudi visit was highly amusing. I was slightly hoping Sarah would break in there with the Vince card, but maybe it would have been rude.

by Alix on November 29, 2007 at 11:42 pm. Reply #

Given the sanctimonious Huhne no-one will be donating openly to the Lib Dems. I do worry about how you survive financially as a party.

The Manchester lot have hardly had a dime donated.

I really am worried about this.

by Chris Paul on November 30, 2007 at 12:22 am. Reply #

31: Yawn.

by F W on November 30, 2007 at 12:34 am. Reply #

#31 – Save it for the police, Chris

by Greg Stone on November 30, 2007 at 7:08 am. Reply #

what is the song called that question time used in there advert,Bit of the point but im going mad looking for it.

by B.G on February 9, 2008 at 4:59 am. Reply #

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