BBC Question Time: Open Thread

by Stephen Tall on October 23, 2008

Are you tuning in tonight for BBC1’s flagship political discussion show (10.35 pm, and online)? If so, you’ll have the pleasure of seeing Jo Swinson, Ed Davey’s deputy at foreign affairs and Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire, whose talents many of you would like to see put to full use in the party’s shadow cabinet.

In fact there’s a real Scottish flavour to the show, which is coming to us from, erm, Peterborough, as Jo will be alongside the SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, and the editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, who cut his journalistic teeth on The Scotsman.

Sadly we have been deprived the joy of seeing Labour’s Phil Woollas by his boss, that kill-joy of a home secretary Jacqui Smith, after Phil went off-piste in an interview and talked about the Government imposing caps on migration. Progressive Labour members must be so very proud of him and the voters he’s trying to attract. Instead Lord (Roy) Hattersley will do battle with the Tories’ shadow communities minister, the egregious Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi.

After a couple of programmes dominated by the financial crisis engulfing the world economy, perhaps QT will find itself on more familiar terrain tonight, discussing Tory funding scandals instead? Feel free to add your subtitles to the debate in the comments section below.

And if it all gets a little dull, why not discuss who you’d like to see take over from David Dimbleby as QT Chair when he retires. (You can see what Iain Dale’s readers think here).