BBC Question Time – LDV open thread, 4 June '09 #bbcqt

by Stephen Tall on June 4, 2009

Ex-Lib Dem leader Lord (Paddy) Ashdown is on duty for tonight’s BBC Question Time (10.35 pm, BBC1 and online), so we’re in safe – if lethal – hands.

Paddy will be joined by Labour leader of the House of Lords Baroness Royall (had you heard of her?), Tory shadow secretary of state for defence Liam Fox (y’know the one who tells those tasteful jokes about the Spce Girls), journalist and historian Sir Max ‘fusty-but-rather-wonderful’ Hastings, and ex-GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips.

If you’re tuning in, you can join the simultanous online Twitter debate here at #bbcqt, or the LDV debate in the thread below. Meanwhile Lib Dem blogger Mark Thompson will be liveblogging events via CoverItLive at his own blog.

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I guess the Purnell resignation will have come too late in the day to allow comment on the recording?

by Andrew Tennant on June 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm. Reply #

Wow Paddy is on top form.

by Lonely Wonderer on June 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm. Reply #


Way to go dude. The Padster in sparkling form. Ghormenghast! 😆

by Tabman on June 4, 2009 at 11:10 pm. Reply #

You dont get made a Baroness without supporting Gordon to the hilt!

Paddy – really sticking it to Labour and the tories over House of commons FoE !

by simonsez on June 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm. Reply #

Ah, dear old Paddy. Will we love Nick as much ten years after he’s gone?

by Malcolm Todd on June 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm. Reply #

Malc – see you tomorrow. Don’t forget to sharpen your pencil!

by Tabman on June 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm. Reply #

Having watched question time I was extremely disappointed in Paddy Ashdown’s analogy between Blair and Brown. If he thinks the way to lead this country out of the present economic & social climate is to fill No 10 with pop stars and models and their empty values then he is not the elder statesman I have always held in esteem. He only deserves to be remembered as Paddy Pantsdown and I will never support his paryy again.

by Gwen Beaton on June 4, 2009 at 11:38 pm. Reply #

Paddy’s wrong on MMR.

He’s right not to to ban non-vaccinated children from school, but he’s wrong that it’s illiberal to force them to have the jab. Liberal, as far as I can tell, still means what it used to mean, that you should be allowed to anything you want so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. When you don’t vaccinate your child, you actually threaten the lives of other people, not just your child, because your child might get the disease. It’s called herd immunity.

by Alex on June 4, 2009 at 11:39 pm. Reply #

One of my chief regrets – I’m too young to remember Paddy as leader. He’s a genuinely gifted politician who claims both gravitas and fantastic oratory skills.

by Huw Dawson on June 4, 2009 at 11:40 pm. Reply #

Oh wait, forgot to comment on Fiona “I know medicine” Philips and MMR.


by Huw Dawson on June 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm. Reply #

Doesnt the Purnel resignation change everyting? sure he can battle it out…but an unelected leader?

by Mrs Clayton on June 4, 2009 at 11:48 pm. Reply #

Paddy ate the opposition for breakfast; shame that it was one of the weakest panels I’ve ever seen on QT. What was Fiona Phillips doing there? Watching Paddy in action tonight was like watching Brazil play football against San Marino.

Ah well, it’s Lembit next week. Urch.

by burkesworks on June 5, 2009 at 2:59 am. Reply #

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