BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2008

Well, there may be no Lib Dem parliamentarian on tonight’s BBC Question Time (BBC1 and online, 10.35 pm GMT), but there is a well-known supporter, musician Brian Eno, formerly of Roxy Music star and an adviser to Nick Clegg.

Brian will be appearing on the panel alongside the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw, Conservative shadow security minister Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, the leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage, and playwright and critic Bonnie Greer.

They will, doubtless be discussing the implications of this week’s historic US election vote, and doubtless picking over the entrails of the current economic crisis. If you’re tuning in to watch, remember: don’t get angry, get commenting.

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Hold up, did I just hear Dame Pauline right? It seems a rather unfortunate choice of terminology?

by Andrew Tennant on November 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm. Reply #

Don’t tease, Andrew – what did she say? (Had switched to Newsnight).

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm. Reply #

What th ehell is up with Jack Straw this evening? Waffling, stumbling over his words, abjectly failing to nail his points. Watching him here it seems unbelievable that he could have been touted as a potential Prime Minister.

by Painfully Liberal on November 6, 2008 at 10:59 pm. Reply #

QT always reminds me that Nigel Farage is an intelligent, talented politician… until someone mentions Europe when his eyes instantly swivel.

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm. Reply #

She appeared to me (not listening that carefully) to refer to the president elect of the United States as ‘a black’; am I being a bit hyper-PC if I see her comment as casually derogatory?

Jack Straw is doing a better job than last time when he alluded anyone against government totalitarianism was a terrorist sympathiser. He seems like he’s has issues with Labour’s many flaws and, pushed a bit more, isn’t that far from distancing himself completely and being another Claire Short!

The London audience isn’t up to much is it? Brian Eno’s far more eloquent than I thought he’d be – could actually be a future MP?

by Andrew Tennant on November 6, 2008 at 11:18 pm. Reply #

It makes me angry seeing that man going about politicians who don’t introduce change, then went on about not curbing free market. Cue massive applause by the audience. But we’ve been saying that we need greater regulations on the city but they still go on and vote conservative. God damn it!

by alun on November 6, 2008 at 11:25 pm. Reply #

Yeah Nigel Farage is a really good politican, great speaker and communicator. Its shame he’s with the freaks and anti-eu geeks in ukip.

by alun on November 6, 2008 at 11:26 pm. Reply #

He is massively unpopular though; even Jack gets louder applause!

by Andrew Tennant on November 6, 2008 at 11:30 pm. Reply #

How the hell do UKIP get a Parliamentarian on QT but not the Lib Dems?

by Dominic haney on November 7, 2008 at 1:27 am. Reply #

Thanks y’all for keeping me in touch with QT while I’m out of the country!

Isn’t LDV fab?

by Terry Gilbert on November 7, 2008 at 5:25 am. Reply #

Was that Colin McFarlane in the audience?

Skip to 38:30

by Different Duncan on November 7, 2008 at 11:51 am. Reply #

“How the hell do UKIP get a Parliamentarian on QT but not the Lib Dems?”

When inviting Farage, Lucas or Lambert QT tick both their “fringe party” and “MEP” boxes at once which is why LD, Con and Labour MEPs are extremely rare on the programme.

by Danny on November 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm. Reply #

Yeah I noticed Dame Pauline Neville-Jones’s comment too and thought it was a ridiculous thing to say on national TV. I don’t think this is un-PC or over-sensitive in the slightest as it is a derogatary term which shouldn’t be used any more – not least by members of political parties. Surprised it wasn’t commented on, but you could feel the awkward pause as people realised what she’d said.

by Natasha on November 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm. Reply #

4:33 on iPlayer if anyone wants to see and decide for themselves!

by Andrew Tennant on November 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm. Reply #

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