BBC Question Time (12/2/09): open thread

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2009

For the second week running, there’s no Lib Dem representative on tonight’s Question Time (BBC1 and online, 10.35 pm GMT) – in fact, to be honest, it looks like it’s going to be a depressingly tedious show this week. But don’t let that put you off contributing to our LDV Open Thread!

The panel comprises Labour’s Minister for the Cabinet Office Liam Byrne (let’s hope he’ll have had his cappuccino and soup), Tory shadow minister for communities and local government Justine Greening (whose face was beamed out of Putney on election night 2005), Birmingham City councillor and leader of Respect Salma Yaqoob (who won 28% of the vote and finished second in Birmingham Sparkbrook that same night), Sun columnist Kelvin ‘Gotcha’ MacKenzie and gardener and television presenter Monty Don.

And for those who are staying up extra late for BBC1’s This Week, Anthony Worrall Thompson, Simon Callow and Vanessa Feltz will be on hand to lighten the atmosphere alongside Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott. That sounds like my idea of hell, personally… but don’t let that put you off, either.

If you’re tuning in to watch tonight, remember: don’t get angry, get commenting. And you’re probably advised to seek medical help, too.

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Liam Byrne is a two-eyed English idiot.

by Bernard Salmon on February 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm. Reply #

So, given it’s from Bath (which the last time I looked had a Lib Dem MP and is in the SW which is not exactly a stronghold for Respect) not having a Lib Dem is inexcusable.

Although having Justine Greening on the panel doesn’t exactly give the Tories any representation either.

by Dan on February 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm. Reply #

So the Tory is the only the third most obnoxiously right wing a**e on a QT panel

by Anonymous on February 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm. Reply #

I was pretty impressed with Monty Don having een initially sceptical of him being on the panel

by Peter1919 on February 13, 2009 at 12:10 am. Reply #

I’ve always wondered what Monty Don’s political views were.


by Different Duncan on February 13, 2009 at 12:58 am. Reply #

Nice to see 4 Tories and 1 Labourite on the panel, isn’t it?

by Huw Dawson on February 13, 2009 at 8:50 am. Reply #

All pretty tedious last night, wasn’t it? Interesting to see even Dimbleby is starting to feel like they’re getting nowhere with the economy, week after week. If I were him, I’d start moderating the discussion of the economy to be as short as possible most weeks. It’s predictable, circular, and not especially illuminating.

by Andy Hinton on February 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm. Reply #

Hmm, they’re not getting anywhere on the climate change issue either. But I don’t think they should drop discussing the icebergs on the horizon just because the panel look like the crew of the Titanic.

Interesting to hear McKenzie put the climate denialist case fair and square. Belief in climate change would make Kelvin feel unpleasantly guilty and miserable, therefore he does not believe in it. Well, that’s the key issue, actually! Not the physical science, not the engineering, not the green tax mechanisms. It’s human frailty.

by David Allen on February 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm. Reply #

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