BBC Question Time (15/1/09): open thread

by Stephen Tall on January 15, 2009

A new year at Westminster, and the BBC’s Question Time is back (BBC1 and online, 10.35 pm GMT) – and so is the weekly LDV open thread. If you’re tuning in to watch, remember: don’t get angry, get commenting.

Lib Dem peer Baroness (Jenny) Tonge is the party’s representative… once again: I have quite a lot of time for Jenny, but, really, QT’s producers are getting boringly predictable in their bookings. Doubtless Baroness Shirl will be on their roster for this series, too. So, please, BBC: try a bit of fresh thinking.

Anyway, Jenny will be appearing alongside Tory-turned-Labour MP and Northern Ireland secretary Shaun Woodward (who for all his turncoatness is usually pretty sane), Conservative shadow work and pensions secretary Chris Grayling, British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh, and Jewish Chronicle editor and commentator Stephen Pollard (not that the QT producers are trying to get he and Jenny at each other’s throats over the Israel/Gaza situation, of course: they wouldn’t be that predictable, would they?).

And for those who are staying up extra late for BBC1’s This Week, Labour peer ‘n’ fundraiser Lord Levy, Sun columnist Jane Moore, and Alistair McGowan will be on hand to lighten the atmosphere alongside Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott.