BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008

There’s no Lib Dem on tonight’s Question Time (broadcast on BBC1 and online from 10.35 pm GMT), so former Tory chancellor Ken Clarke is as close as we’ll get to a liberal voice of sanity on the panel.

He’ll be alongside Northern Ireland Secretary (and Tory turncoat), Shaun Woodward, Daily Mail columnist (and former Tory spindoctor) Amanda Platell, actor John Sessions, and playwright and critic Bonnie Greer. What a politically balanced panel… ho-hum.

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

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Why are there two tories on Again?

by Stephen on January 31, 2008 at 10:36 pm. Reply #

Three if you count Woodward?

by John on January 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm. Reply #

If you want to complain to Auntie, here’s the way to do it.

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm. Reply #

It’s worth noting this is the fourth QT in a row when there’s been a second unofficial Tory on the show, in addition to a Tory MP: Platell follows in the footsteps of Sarah Sands, Louise Bagshaw and Kirstie Allsopp.

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008 at 10:51 pm. Reply #

But we all know the BBC is Liberal biased, don’t we? I mean, there’s loads of evidence… [/heavy sarcasm]

by Jennie on February 1, 2008 at 1:10 am. Reply #

I complained last week when there was a young Tory PPC as well as Liam Fox – but got only a standard response saying they strove for balance across the series. Anyone at Cowley St keep any stats across the series?

by Terry Gilbert on February 1, 2008 at 10:08 am. Reply #

and for the second week running the ‘celeb’ was pretty embarrassing to watch. Odd, to drop the liberal vioce to make way for these characters.

All of which said, no liberals out of a panel of 5 is pretty poor.

And, again, I found myself agreeing with the Tory (ok, it was Ken Clarke) … eek

by John on February 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm. Reply #

What is the party doing about this? I can’t believe we let the BBC get away with it

Like Terry I complained the other week at two Tories and got fobbed off with a standard response.

It’s all very well having a new leader and a new front bench, but if the public don’t see them on the TV we may as well pack up and go home.

Where is our campaign for fair balance on one of the nation’s key political programmes?

by rob on February 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm. Reply #

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