Posts Tagged “bbc question time”

Lib Dems select Maajid Nawaz as candidate in ultra-close three-way marginal of Hampstead and Kilburn

by Stephen Tall on July 20, 2013

In the 2010 general election, Hampstead and Kilburn was a three-way marginal: Glenda Jackson squeaked back in for Labour by just 42 votes, polling fewer than 900 votes ahead of the third-placed Lib Dems. This week, the local Lib Dems selected the candidate they hope will succeed Ms Jackson when she retires at the next […]

Mark Pack to appear on Question Time as @BBCExtraGuest

by Stephen Tall on February 13, 2013

Congratulations and good luck to Mark Pack, my co-editor here for another fortnight, who’s in the virtual hot-seat as this week’s @BBCExtraGuest, tweeting opinions and answering questions before and during this week’s edition of BBC1′s Question Time (Thursday, 10.35 pm): Full panel this week – Maria Miller, @marycreagh_mp, @susankramer, @georgegalloway, @frasernelson and @bbcextraguest @markpack. #bbcqt […]

Are these the best opening credits of any TV programme ever?

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

Last night, when switching off BBC1’s Question Time — no, not even Tim Farron’s barn-storming showing could tempt me to endure a whole hour — I tweeted: In a perfect world, someone would watch #bbcqt for me & filter out (…)

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BBC issues usual Question Time non-response

by Stephen Tall on February 18, 2010

Cast your mind back two weeks, and you may recall the BBC making a hash of selecting its panel for the weekly political discussion show Question Time.
In the week when the big political issues were the Iraq war, electoral reform and MPs’ expenses – on all of which the Lib Dems have a distinctive […]

Annoyed by BBC Question Time panel selection? Then you know what to do.

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2010

A couple of years back, I was moved to write to the BBC complaining about Question Time’s pro-Tory bias, regularly featuring Tory-supporting journalists alongside Tory MPs.
Well, that’ll learn me to be careful what you wish for. Because what do we have to look forward to on tonight’s QT panel? The following: an official Labour representative […]

Eric v Paddy: who’s the “frail and confused” one?

by Stephen Tall on January 17, 2010

Eric Pickles has, we hear, labelled Paddy Ashdown “frail and confused”. It seems an odd charge for the lifelong political hack and current Tory chairman, Mr Pickles, to level against Paddy – a former Marine, diplomat and spy, who’s placed himself in danger in service of his country more times than Eric’s had hot dinners […]

What did you make of Chris Huhne’s Question Time performance? #bbcqt

by Stephen Tall on October 23, 2009

So that was the Question Time that was. There is copious assessment of Nick Griffin’s performance, linked to here on LDV.
My views are straightforward. First, Nick Griffin came over badly, but that is immaterial: those who are BNP-inclined will likely have seen him as the victim of a liberal, metropolitan, media stitch-up; and those […]

Nick Griffin’s verdict on Chris Huhne

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2009

Ahead of tonight’s BBC1 Question Time – featuring the BNP leader Nick Griffin – The Guardian reports his verdicts on his fellow panellists. Here’s what he said about Chris Huhne, the L:ib Dems’ shadow home secretary:

Big hitter. Menzies Campbell would have been more daunting.”
And here’s what he said about the other panellists:
Bonnie Greer, American […]

Daily View 2×2: 19 October 2009

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2009

2 Big Stories

Labour’s Hain threatens BBC with legal action over BNP invitation

Labour’s Welsh secretary Peter Hain makes a bid for the media spotlight today by arguing that the BBC could face legal action over this Thursday’s edition of Question Time, due to feature an appearance by BNP leader Nick Griffin MEP:
… in his letter [to […]

Daily View 2×2: 7 September 2009

by Stephen Tall on September 7, 2009

2 Big Stories Government’s Libya policy: confusion reigns The mounting government confusion over its policy towards Libya continues today. First we had the Prime Minister’s refusal to make a comment on the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi; (…)

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