Question Time LiveBlog 3rd March 2011


Question Time tonight, on the day of the Barnsley by-election, comes from Derby.

On the panel we have Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith MP. Fresh from her recent victory over Cathy Ashton in the regional heats of International Face Like A Horse, there is the local Labour MP and former foreign secretary (really) Margaret Beckett. Also former Labour minister ‘Lord’ Malloch Brown, historian David Starkey and economist and journalist Liam Halligan.

For those playing the Buzzword Bingo we’ll be using the Pointless Voting Rules. Voting will be just about over in the Welsh Referendum to change the way the Assembly votes on…zzzzzzzzzzz *snore*  and Barnsley will be voting in Mugabesque percentages for a lamppost with a red rosette on it. That leaves us open to Thatcher, Miners, and Doom. All three on your card and in the same sentence wins 100 points and a B-BBC coffee cup.

LibDem Meltdown and UKIP or BNP Surge also score tonight, with double points if used in an attack on the Coalition. Defence Cuts make a predicable return to the Bingo card this week, although Sea Harriers Scrapped by Labour in 2004 isn’t on your card as it won’t be mentioned. Play your Libya Chaos joker quickly for bonus hidden prizes.

The LiveBlog will also cover the insane This Week, with Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo, a random lefty politician (probably Jacqui Smith now that the inconvenient expenses theft fraud lies stuff has been airbrushed out of history) and a collection of X-Factor rejects.

TheEye and David Mosque will be operating a no-fly zone here from 10:30pm.

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16 Responses to Question Time LiveBlog 3rd March 2011

  1. George R says:

    I didn’t think that INBBC’s political chum, SHAMI CHAKRABARTI, of the London School of Economics ruling Council, an institution which receives money from the Libyan Gaddafi regime, and which trains its elite, would be on ‘Question Time’ this particular week.

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  2. Demon1001 says:

    Left 3, Don’t Know 1, Right 2 (and IDS is a carefully selected weak right-of-centre).

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  3. Phillip Law says:

    Iain Duncan Smith and Margaret Beckett? This’ll be the zombie episode then. I imagine that the most emotion either has felt is a slight chagrin at car parking charges. At least Starkey is on, always good value.

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  4. Umbongo says:

    Blimey – Liam Halligan’s been invited on by the BBC.  Will wonders never cease?  If his articles in the Sunday Telegraph are anything to go by he’ll rip into the government and Mervyn King from an unusual direction – the right.

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  5. Demon1001 says:

    Odd that it turned out to be a level panel for the first time ever (3 left and 3 right) but IDS strayed to the left a few times (and tied himself up in knots on occasion) but Malloch-Brown verged right occasionally too.

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  6. Daniel Clucas says:

    Starkey was good, I thought the audience’s heads were going to explode when he was talking about gay rights and his mother.

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  7. ltwf1964 says:

    i think Question Time needs to be renamed

    “Quisling Time” would be a suitable title

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  8. hippiepooter says:

    Cathy Ashton in the regional heats of International Face Like A Horse”

    I would like to disassociate myself from that comment.

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  9. Grant says:

    I don’t understand how Ashton finds the time for QT given her busy job at the EU.

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    • Roland Deschain says:

      She needs to keep up her profile amongst her electorate.

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      • Daniel Clucas says:

        I didn’t think she was answerable to an “electorate”. She certainly wasn’t elected to the post and infact has never been elected to anything IIRC.

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