BBC Question Time: open thread 12/3/09

by Stephen Tall on March 12, 2009

Susan Kramer, Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park, former London mayoral candidate and anti-Heathrow campaigner, is the party’s representative on tonight’s Question Time (BBC1 and online, 10.35 pm GMT).

Susan will be joined on the panel by Labour’s health secretary Alan Johnson (the man who might still be PM), Tory shadow minister for utter excruciatingness community cohesion Baroness Warsi, comedian, actor and writer David Mitchell (a fair-minded, liberal good egg, I suspect) and Torygraph journalist Charles Moore.

And if you’re staying up extra late for BBC1’s This Week, Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott will be joined by Barry McGuigan (on the return of terror to N Ireland), Quentin Letts (reviewing the political week) and Marianne Faithfull (on families in the media).

Remember, if you’re tuning in to watch, don’t get angry get commenting.

PS: you can also join in the Twitter debate here at #bbcqt or here at #questiontime. Feel free, though, to leave comments in the thread, or give your post-match assessment of how the panellists performer.

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I will be twittering with both #bbcqt and #questiontime tags

by Liam in Preston on March 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm. Reply #

Is there any reason why virtually the whole LDV on my computer has got the text struck thru? Have we been hacked, or is this just a glitch??

by felix holt on March 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm. Reply #

Close the or tag after utter excruiatingness!

by Robson Brown on March 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm. Reply #

Okay – it’s fixed now!!

by felix holt on March 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm. Reply #

It’s fine on mine.

Might tune into QT after Red Riding has finished 😉

by Liberal Neil on March 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm. Reply #

* or tags

by Robson Brown on March 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm. Reply #

Ahhhh bisto (other brands of gravy granules are available)

by Robson Brown on March 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm. Reply #

Nonsense from Charles Moore: these men in NI died because there aren’t enough military.

by Lonely Wonderer on March 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm. Reply #

Squashing a year’s teacher training into 6 months neglects the time needed for reflection on practice.

by Lonely Wonderer on March 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm. Reply #

I think they should all be quiet and let David Mitchell speak he’s funny AND he speaks more sense than the rest of them combined.

I find Susan Kramer, the sole lib dem, to be a bit pompous.

by Letterman on March 12, 2009 at 11:12 pm. Reply #

Despite Stephen’s billing of her above, Baroness Warsi actually makes a compelling case that we shouldn’t presume that self-appointed leaders of community organisations actually lead communities.

by Lonely Wonderer on March 12, 2009 at 11:14 pm. Reply #

Letterman – agree completely about David Mitchell.

by Lonely Wonderer on March 12, 2009 at 11:16 pm. Reply #

A good performance by Susan Kramer. Yet again I think the producers have chosen questions for topicality rather than getting a great debate. ( they choose the panel members on the same basis )
Where was the question on the climate crisis when the IPCC is coming out with some frightening stuff.

by simonsez on March 12, 2009 at 11:25 pm. Reply #

Lonely Wonderer – agreed about Baroness Warsi. She usually drives me to distaction, but she’s made some good points tonight.

by Stephen Tall on March 12, 2009 at 11:32 pm. Reply #

Note how David Mitchell chooses to draw attention to both climate change and university fees as important issues that aren’t being discussed on this QT.

by Lonely Wonderer on March 12, 2009 at 11:33 pm. Reply #

Susan Kramer: good, if sometimes over-ingratiating.
Alan Johnson: affable but anonymous.
Baroness Warsi: much better than I’d expected.
David Mitchell: make that man an MP.
Charles Moore: proof that the Torygraph still lives in the C.19th.

by Stephen Tall on March 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm. Reply #

@Stephen yes, yes, yes, yes*, yes

* except I wonder if becoming an MP would reduce his effectiveness as a witty independent-minded chap.

by Lonely Wonderer on March 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm. Reply #

At least he can deliver a punchline unlike Dennis Skinner.

by Stephen Glenn on March 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm. Reply #

Wanderer, if we get STV, MPs’ll be encouraged to be independently minded. Just going back to MMCs would do that to an extent anyway.

He was very good.

@Letterman: only a bit? I’ve met her, she’s great, but also more than a bit pompous at times. Knows her stuff though.

by MatGB on March 13, 2009 at 10:55 am. Reply #

Also, what is with this double hashtag thing? I can understand people creating them separately, but using both at once?

Get everyone on #questiontime to switch to the shorter #bbcqt that appears to be more established.

by MatGB on March 13, 2009 at 10:57 am. Reply #

OK I give in. I’ve tried for months to ignore it but now I have to ask… what is a hashtag?

by Anders on March 13, 2009 at 11:44 am. Reply #

I’m with Anders. What is all this hashtag nonsense anyway?

by Liberal Neil on March 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm. Reply #

I found Warsi a bizarre mix of good sense allied to toe-curlingly embarassing naivety.

Shadow minister? Front bench?

[shakes head sadly]

by crewegwyn on March 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm. Reply #

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