BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 2008

‘The cult of Cable’ – rather sweetly profiled by The Guardian’s Michael White yesterday – comes to tonight’s BBC Question Time (broadcast on BBC1 and online from 10.35 pm GMT).

And what better week could there be for Vince to be a guest, with Labour having finally accepted the Lib Dem shadow Chancellor’s advice to nationalise Northern Rock to protect the interests of taxpayers, with the Tories left as utterly confused (and clueless) bystanders.

The QT panel will also include the Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly, Conservative shadow secretary of state for business, enterprise and regulatory reform Alan Duncan, the secretary general of Unite Derek Simpson and the political editor of The Spectator Fraser Nelson.

So tune in tonight to watch the Cable masterclass, and feel free to sound-off in the comments thread.

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Some of us were there in person 🙂

by Greg Stone on February 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm. Reply #

I’ve lost the remote & am marooned on the island of ITV…help!

by Jo on February 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm. Reply #

Very quiet so far. Now I’ll have to look out for Mr Stone ….

by Chris Paul on February 21, 2008 at 11:07 pm. Reply #

Found it now but falling asleep in the company of Vince – no offence!!

by Jo on February 21, 2008 at 11:07 pm. Reply #

With or without his glasses???

by Chris Paul on February 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm. Reply #

Some greedy idiot has just called for a “fair valuation” of his Northern Rock shares… Based on their average value over the last five years!

No, mate. The company went belly-up – bankrupt – worthless. It’s only still afloat thanks to the taxpayer, and you don’t get extra cash from all the rest of us as a bonus for your company being good before it went horribly bad.

Or perhaps next time you back the favourite and it falls at the first fence, you’d like to go to your bookie and tell them that because, on average, the favourite won, you’d like your winnings?

by Alex Wilcock on February 21, 2008 at 11:10 pm. Reply #

Oh my god that’s the funniest google ad I’ve ever seen!

by Jo on February 21, 2008 at 11:13 pm. Reply #

Where’s Laurence?
Question T isn’t the deal without his running commentary.
Who is the dinosaur on the panel. Out of his league.

by Sal on February 21, 2008 at 11:17 pm. Reply #

Alan ‘Clueless’ Duncan has done pretty well actually.
Not acceptable to compliment a Tory on here I know but the fact is that if Vince and Duncan were left to slugg it out, the population at large, us included would probably understand all there is to know about N Rock really well.

by Sal on February 21, 2008 at 11:23 pm. Reply #

Speaking absolutely unbiasedly, Vince Cable got by far the biggest applause when the panellists came out before the show.

by Greg Stone on February 21, 2008 at 11:38 pm. Reply #

Where’s Laurence?

I’m sorry everyone. I was with the Archbishop of York tonight.

by Laurence Boyce on February 21, 2008 at 11:53 pm. Reply #

Carried on and watched This Week afterwards. Andrew Neil was actually nice about us for a change!

by Peter on February 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm. Reply #

How was Andrew Neill nice?

by John on February 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm. Reply #

AN keeps slipping in little approving asides about the Lib Dems over the last few weeks. I don’t know if AN;s endorsement is a good one, but it is a sign that the media is taking the party more seriously.

by Jennie on February 23, 2008 at 6:24 pm. Reply #

Jennie – exactly!

John – the one i remember was he admitted that we’d come best out of the Northern Rock thing.

Also – did everyone spot “Sedgefield Greg Stone” asking a question? 🙂

by Peter on February 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm. Reply #

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