BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on June 19, 2008

Lib Dem shadow foreign affairs spokesperson (and women and equalities spokesperson, too) Jo Swinson is one of the panellists on tonight’s Question Time (broadcast on BBC1 and online from 10.35 pm GMT).

Once again, I have to say it looks like a good line-up… The panel will also include the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Hilary Benn, the former Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis, American TV star Jerry Springer and the leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage.

So, if you want to sound-off as you watch, please feel free to use the comments thread.

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I expect Jo Swinson will demolish Nigel Farage just as Shirley Williams did a few months ago (which was exceedingly fun to watch).

by Thomas Hemsley on June 19, 2008 at 9:54 pm. Reply #

Jerry Springer was oddly quiet and unsure of himself right up until the last question. Thought Jo did well but not fantastic.

by Jennie on June 19, 2008 at 11:36 pm. Reply #

bit of a damp squib really – expect the biggest headache will be in Team Cameron after one or two of DD’s comments.

Oh yes, and are you real liberals still content to be supporting his by-election ?

by john on June 20, 2008 at 12:21 am. Reply #

John: I never was that happy.

But other are entitled to their differing views. That’s what being liberal is all about.

by Jennie on June 20, 2008 at 12:23 am. Reply #

“”Oh yes, and are you real liberals still content to be supporting his by-election ?””

“John: I never was that happy.

But other are entitled to their differing views. That’s what being liberal is all about.”

Absolutely. Personally, I feel we should contest only half the parliamentary seats nest time, just in order to give other people’s views their fullest possible expression.

by Anonymous on June 20, 2008 at 1:26 am. Reply #

John 12:21 am
Are the real conservatives content to be supporting his leadership bid?

by Manfarang on June 20, 2008 at 7:06 am. Reply #

john wrote: “Oh yes, and are you real liberals still content to be supporting his by-election?”

I don’t see that Lib Dems would be “supporting” David Davis by standing aside. Is Labour supporting him by standing aside?

The by-election might not have taken place, if the Lib Dems wouldn’t have stood aside, so there actually never was an opportunity for Lib Dems to try and win Haltemprice and Howden.

Now this one issue, on which the Lib Dems agree with DD, gets more exposure than it would if DD wouldn’t have resignes, and so are the internal rifts of the Conservative party. It’s a win-win for Lib Dems.

by Anonymous on June 20, 2008 at 11:10 am. Reply #

a good line-up ? with Farage on the panel ?

you’re winding me up !

and another thing; my favourite QT hobbyhorse – once again Dimbleby was very, very slow to bring the Lib Dem in on the first question.

By the time he remembered she was there David Davies had had two opportunities to speak, as had a gentleman in the audience !!!

Grrrrrrrr !!

by crewegwyn on June 20, 2008 at 8:21 pm. Reply #

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