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).

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Any one have a link for a live stream?

by James Schneider on October 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm. Reply #

Click on the link up near the top right.

by Andy Hinton on October 23, 2008 at 10:39 pm. Reply #

Editor of the FT is spinning quite a Lib Dem line on immigration. Lets see where he goes hereafter…

by Andy Hinton on October 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm. Reply #

Crikey, what an ill-fored scattershot attack on Labour from Seyeeda Warsi!

by Andy Hinton on October 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm. Reply #

oops, “ill-formed”

by Andy Hinton on October 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm. Reply #

Just caught a brief snippet… well done Jo!

by Dinti Batstone on October 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm. Reply #

Nice to see Jo Swinson stand firm against Warsi’s ludicrous moralising, and say that Catholic schools should have to provide information about contraception.

by Andy Hinton on October 23, 2008 at 11:06 pm. Reply #

What a bizarre question from the audience!

by Andy Hinton on October 23, 2008 at 11:09 pm. Reply #

Sigh… is it just me who’s pretty bored of hearing the same old QT discussion of the financial crisis?

by Andy Hinton on October 23, 2008 at 11:25 pm. Reply #

Jo Swinson was quite impressive. Hattersley and Barber were too, and as I expected Alex Salmond pulled out his ‘I’ll relate myself to the audience’ trick. Warsi was awful.

by Thomas Hemsley on October 24, 2008 at 9:33 am. Reply #

Most of the suggestions on Iain Dale’s blog are for old white men, apart from the repeated mentions of Konnie Huq. I don’t know if they’re doing it in jest, but she does have a first in economics from Cambridge, so she’d probably be up to the job. Though her sister being a Labour MEP / MP candidate might rule her out…

by sanbikinoraion on October 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm. Reply #

Hattersley was superb. Stunning performance, bring him back. Salmond put in a solid performance too.

by James Schneider on October 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm. Reply #

I could only bear about 2 minutes of the show’s immigration “debate” before turning over.

Boring, misguided, cliched political-ese.

by Julian H on October 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm. Reply #

On bloke from the audience butted in and spoke sense, criticizing dog whistle politics etc.

by James Schneider on October 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm. Reply #

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