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Sketch: Question Time is no longer an honest debating chamber

4 October 2013

12:31 PM

4 October 2013

12:31 PM

A good honest debating chamber. That’s how Question Time is billed. In fact it’s an unseemly gold-rush for applause. The panelists are a set of needy egos with semi-fictionalised hairdos. And the audience is composed of wonks and party activists posing as disinterested voters.

Last night’s episode was particularly fractious. The crowd was keen to hear about the Daily Mail’s attack on Ralph Miliband ‘as the man who hated Britain.’ But the first question concerned benefit reductions for the under-25s. Quentin Letts, of the Mail, seemed uncharacteristically nervous. He said his ‘prejudice’ would be to target cuts on the young rather than the elderly. He meant ‘preference’. Rather a shaky start.

Then the ghost of Red Ralph rose from the grave.  Letts chose to defend his paper with playful and ironic subtleties. ‘Tabloid headlines,’ he said, ‘are not known for their understatement.’ True enough but the audience was in riot mode. It wanted to hear itself baying for blood. And Letts failed to feed the beast. ‘Ed Miliband’s father was an intellectual philosopher and Marxist,’ he rambled, ‘at a time of the Cold War when Marxism was the code and creed of the Soviet Union, and it’s difficult to analyse someone’s beliefs without coring into their personality.’

He paused. ‘Was it out of order?’ he mused.

‘Yesss!’ yelled the crowd before Letts could supply an answer.

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In stepped Mehdi Hasan, a left-wing enthusiast whose contribution to recycling includes a biography of Ed Miliband. Hasan knows how to conduct an angry mob like a maestro. He got their juices flowing with a reminder that the Mail’s owners had ‘sucked up to the Nazis’ during the 1930s. He then reeled off a check-list of prejudices penned by Mail columnists over the years. Finally he let fly with an express train chock-full of adjectives. ‘Who hates Britain more?’ he shouted. ‘It isn’t a dead Jewish refugee from Belgium who served in the Royal Navy. It’s the immigrant-bashing, woman-hating, Muslim-smearing, NHS-undermining, gay-baiting Daily Mail.’

The applause nearly took the roof off.

On press regulation, Letts accused the BBC of campaigning for harsher rules. And he queried the impartiality of Question Time itself.

‘That is a severely loaded question from the chair,’ he said. ‘The BBC has an agenda here.’ The chairman – hereditary TV anchor, David Dimbleby – took umbrage at this. His jowls turned the colour of fresh steak.

‘Don’t accuse me of having an agenda chosen for me by the BBC, thank you very much.’

‘David, you’re part of the establishment,’ Letts said emolliently, ‘and I’m not.’

Letts is more adept at the soft swipe than the hard sell. When the topic moved to economics, he blamed Britain’s debt crisis on Ed Balls and his borrow-and-blow-it policies. ‘But I have to be careful here,’ Letts added mischievously, ‘I’m sitting next to Mr Balls’s beloved.’ He turned to Yvette Cooper like a sympathetic uncle discussing a relative with a gambling problem. ‘Do you trust him with the family finances? Do you sent him out shopping? I dread to think how much money he spends.’

Ms Cooper went on the attack and claimed that One Nation Labour would create full employment by taxing City bonuses. The audience greeted this as if it were a dazzling breakthrough. Jobs for all. Dole queues gone. Idleness and need consigned to history forever. Odd that Labour never tried it while in office.

Dimbleby wanted more detail. He asked if every employer would hire every available candidate, ‘at the government’s behest.’ ‘We’ve done this before,’ said Cooper, ‘with the Future Jobs Fund.’ Crikey. What a claim. Labour, it turns out, terminated unemployment while they were in power. Why did no one spot that at the time?

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  • Juxxize

    i always find myself shouting at the tv when question time is on there is no way the audience is representative of people in the uk , nobody i talk to about politics has the same views as them people.

  • Trofim

    I stopped watching years ago because it raises my blood pressure. I remember in particular the specially arranged show trial of Nick Griffin and the shocking special edition a few days after 9/11 packed with Muslims and London multi-ethnic youngsters.

  • Chris Kimberley

    And yet the Tory party chairman was on the panel to stand up for the right, surely someone with such an important role in the Conservative party and powerful member of the government bouyed and emboldened by that weeks conference and inspired by his PM would easily be able to handle political lightweights such as cooper and hassan……………….Unless of course its grant shapps.

    There was ample opportunity to offer a counter argument, letts the sketch writer was the best the mail could muster up?
    I suspect the right knew it was a lost cause the majority of the public , even the mails own rightwing readership saw the article as a malicous hatchet job so they sent out a plastic guy in a shiny suit with less gravitas than a cebeebies presenter.

  • james cooper

    if you beleived labour like my parents did for 60 yrs, the poor would be rich and the rich poor. Instead labour mps are on the rich list and the poor? Labour do not give them a second thought.If my old man was alive, I would tell him labour are all” balls”

  • Two Bob

    When WAS it?!

  • sunnydayrider

    Anyone know the qualifications required to be in the audience of QT. Apart from having undergone a frull frontal labotomy, eat your chips out of The Daily Worker or have completed 20 uninterupted years on benefits.

  • http://twitter.com/kevint1972 Kevin T

    When he’s crawled out from under his bed later this weekend and his face has lost the bright red glow, could Mehdi Hasan maybe explain something to me. How is supporting Hitler before the second world war any stupider or more reprehensible than supporting communism throughout and after Stalin’s Russia, the Iron Curtain and the invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, Ceaucescu’s Romania, Mao’s cultural revolution and Pol Pot’s killing fields? One could be passed off as a stupid mistake, the other involves excusing unimaginable evil.

  • http://twitter.com/kevint1972 Kevin T

    In case anyone was in any doubt, Question Time seats are block booked by political activists – mainly Labour and the unions although UKIP make an effort too. Of course they are. What normal person would choose to spend Thursday evening in the company of Yvette Cooper and Mehdi Hasan?

  • davidb

    What an unpleasant take on a programme that I watched. A good honest report? I think not. A sniping, too clever by half, slanted and above all mean spirited view of what was an interesting albeit at times annoying programme.

  • Holly

    I love Coop. She is so good at believing her own Balls.
    Guaranteed private sector jobs, funded by the government.
    That’s the taxpayer to you and me.
    Mansion tax, bonus tax, energy tax, you name it Labour have come out with at least ten NEW taxes, and spent each NEW tax at least a dozen times over.

    • Colonel Mustard

      I thoroughly dislike that wheedling, whining tone of emotional blackmail she deploys, the constant champion of the constant victims of a horrible, Tory persecuted world.

  • Fergus Pickering

    Kill Dimbleby. Better, kill both Dimblebies.

  • David Lindsay

    There is a left-wing audience to balance the very right-wing panel. How come, in addition to there always being at least one Tory journalist, the Coalition, as such, still gets two seats? Even when UKIP is not on, which it usually is, despite never having returned a member to the House of Commons.

    Last night, at least three of its activists in the audience were kept in the final edit instead. The BBC in general, and Question Time in particular, are completely obsessed with UKIP. But people who express support for small left-wing parties are always edited out. That happens quite a lot.

    And the chairman is a member of the Bullingdon Club. Say that over until it sinks in.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      The BBC steals the working man’s cash, further impoverishing the good people of the lands, in order to spew out the hard Left’s worthless propaganda, which few would willingly pay for absent illegitimate coercion via the police power of the state.

      Say that over until it sinks in.

    • Fergus Pickering

      Small leftwing parties with what percentage of the vote? What percentage? Would you say that again?

      • David Lindsay

        UKIP has no seats, and nor have they.

        I’ll say that again: UKIP has no seats.

        • Daniel Maris

          It has EU seats in case you haven’t noticed. And as the guy said last night – 70% of our laws emanate from the EU, not our UK Parliament.

          • David Lindsay

            It has EU seats in case you haven’t noticed.

            Now that one, Daniel, is beyond parody.

            And it has lost 45 per cent of the MEPs that it got in last time. Forty-five per cent.

          • Tubby_Isaacs

            ” 70% of our laws emanate from the EU, not our UK Parliament.”

            Nope.

            http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/is-most-of-the-uks-law-made-in-brussels/1498

            “The fact the UKIP figure was based on a six-year old German analysis, which in itself had flaws, is enough to suggest this claim is a step too far.”

            This is the analysis that’s referred to, by the properly sceptical Open Europe.

            http://www.openeurope.org.uk/analysis/herzog.pdf

  • Russell

    I thought it was an Yvette Cooper talkathon and had to switch off.

  • PaulHalsall

    This was a conservative/coalition panel on QT with Letts, Shapp (or whatever name he is using), and a Lib Dem. Yvetter Cooper is right wing Labour (she helped initiate the current attacks on the poorest). Hasan was the only left-winger – and he won the show.

    • telemackus

      I must have been watching a different show. Hassan played to the ‘selected’ left-wing audience and just told lies. Cooper did her usual robotic labtard rant and just told lies. Schapps did quite well and Letts was average until he won the day by calling out the biased Dumblebumble. Even the libtard woman was quite good. I would estimate the audience was 90% labtard and very few Conservatives. Even in Birmingham, that hardly represents the polling distribution of the country but then what would you expect from the lefty producer Nicholai Gentchev.

      • HookesLaw

        The BBCs excuse over Gentchev was that he wrote his lefty polemics years ago so its all right now.
        This mirrors the left’s defence of Miliband Snr’s youthful bile.

        But you are right to draw attention to QT’s bigoted lefty producer.

      • Pete222

        What ‘lies’ did Hassan say? I heard him and couldn’t hear one.

        • Daniel Maris

          He has made clear he is a full adherent of Islam, referring to non-Muslims as ignorant “cattle” (recorded on video). Does Islam respect gay rights?

        • telemackus

          Did you hear his rant against the Mail? The paper he tried to join 3 years ago? A lie can also be the absense of truth.

  • Denis_Cooper

    You’re talking about the BBC, which your colleague Fraser Nelson thinks is great even though it has an institutional bias.

  • Andy

    One is given to wonder why the BBC entertains Mehdi Hasan given his views on his fellow countrymen who are not Muslims.

    • PaulHalsall

      So should Jewish commentators like Melanie Phillips be excluded?

      • Keith D

        As far as I know Melanie Phillips hasn’t called me an animal and kuffar.Mehdi Hasan has done so,and he’s called you the same.

        • PaulHalsall

          I am a Roman Catholic. The rest of you are infidels.

          But ALLAH (the word Arab Christians use) still loves you.

        • Pete222

          Cheap! Read his speech in full and get off that Peter Hitchens bandwagon.

          • Keith D

            “cattle of no intelligence”.or ”
            “animals, bending any rule to fulfil any desire”.

            I’ve read the speech thanks.I’m still offended.I dont need a bandwagon for that.
            Judging by your comment,cheap is a compliment considering its source.

          • Daniel Maris

            You’re denying he called non-Muslims unreflecting “cattle”?

      • telemackus

        Didn’t take long for the anti-Semite trolls to come over from the Guardian.

  • The_greyhound

    This article makes no reference to the care with which the BBC selects audiences that will be sympathetic to leftist panelists and, indeed, the BBC’s own leftist agendas.

  • Austin Barry

    You just know that if a panelist suggested that the audience should become suicide bombers because ‘it’s the right thing to do’ there would be hoots and yelps of agreement.

    It’s that mad.

  • Swiss Bob

    Mehdi Hasan should know all about bigoted views, having so many himself.

    • The BBC Sucks BBCs

      If a Christian had described non Christians as cattle, the BBC would denounce them as mad & evil, not invite him on politics shows to pontificate.

  • David H

    Got on the QT audience once. Such was it dominated by the left-wing rabble, I felt like Woody Allen at an SS reunion. Think they chose me from the applications as the token-right-of-centre.

    • The BBC Sucks BBCs

      Ditto, I got on pretending to be a pro EU lib dem in a seat that’s a 750/1 on safe Tory seat, I had my hand up the whole time but Dimblebee ignored me, the audience where totally hostile to the Tory MP & fawned over Chukka Ummuna, at the last question when Barack ‘drone strike’ Obama’s name got a huge cheer I got up & left shouting ‘this is a joke!’ a tiny bit of which made its way into the broadcast.

  • Mynydd

    Many times I have gone to a football match then, on reading the reports the next day have wondered, did the reporter go to the same match as me. For the blue team, I must say Shapps, playing down the right had a poor game. Centre forward Letts just couldn’t score. For the red team Copper stopped many attacks by man on the right Shapps and even scored a couple of goals, fully deserved man/woman of match

    • telemackus

      Your writing ability is poor, your analogy weak, grammar atrocious, analysis laughable, presence tolerated but not enjoyed. Get the point?

    • Colonel Mustard

      But it wasn’t football. It was Labour Big Lies deployed against Conservative Small Truths in front of an audience of raucous left-wing bigots. Obviously you enjoyed it and saw victory in the same way that NSDAP members enjoyed and saw victory in Freisler’s trials.

      • Mynydd

        In a football match the teams have equal numbers. Last night it was government 2 Grant Shapps, Kirsty Williams, opposition 1 Yvette Cooper, I must complain about the BBC’s government bias.

        • Colonel Mustard

          Aw, diddums, did the nasty-wasty Tories outnumber the poor socialists then? Never mind, Dimblebore’s “impartial” chairmanship, the audience of raucous reds and loud-mouthed rabble rouser Mehdi more than made up for it.

        • telemackus

          Again with this nonsense football analogy. Shouldn’t you be in school?

  • Keith D

    What gets me about this politically correct,ant British sham of a programme is that I’m paying for it.
    If you want to screen a marxist propaganda session with an audience of juvenile inadequates then fine.

    Just dont send me the bill.

    • The BBC Sucks BBCs

      I don’t understand why sky or itv don’t do a question time style program but without the obvious bias, I’d tune in.

  • Francis Wright

    I’ve thought this for a while. Political activist asking leary questions. And those on the panel having a go at bankers to rousing applause when they have nothing better to say. When QT was in Grimsby which is 99% white I wondered where all the black faces came from

    • Littlegrayman

      That nice young female Labour supporter has been on a few times asking loaded questions.

    • Sarah_Howell

      And your statistics are based on…?? Maybe the ethnic minorities in Grimsby are more interested in politics that the vast majority of Grimsby.

  • Tubby_Isaacs

    Deary me. Your two boys were awful. Letts just knocks up overgrown schoolboy stuff, and Shapps is a lightweight. Put up a proper political journalist and a competent rightwinger- Theresa Villiers is underrated, put her up instead.

    Astonishingly bad timing for Letts to appear, admittedly.

  • 2trueblue

    It is on BBC, surely that says it all? Both Dumblies should be pensioned off. Why should we pay for them?

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      Or, for that matter, pay for anybody else at the BBC if we choose not to.

  • tribalterror

    I too have given up watching QT – the loaded questions and the loaded audience mean it is generally just one long Tory bashing exercise whether they are in power or not – but then what does one expect from the BBC.

    • telemachus

      I think you underline the excellence of the programme
      However the BBC in general is a Tory mouthpiece chaired by a Tory Party Chairman

      • telemackus

        We are quite right, though the awful Patten does not actually interfere in any programs, Question Time is in the good progressive national socialist hands of the ex-Guardian man of the people Nicolai Gentchev.

        • PaulHalsall

          You people are mad. Bonkers.

          • telemackus

            Send me your address so I can sue you lefty troll.

            • PaulHalsall

              look it up. I do not hide behind fake names. It is in a council estate in Radcliffe, M26.

              Odysseus would have died of shame to have you as a son.

            • ButcombeMan

              I know his address.
              Interesting to look at his tweets and name calling. I wil not reproduce any more. A lot of people getting called homophobes, racists etc

              I suppose we can excuse him not understanding civilisation, he recently returned from the US.

              • telemackus

                Why do these obnoxious trolls come here? We leave their ghastly publications alone. Is it the need to learn from their superiors untainted by leftist ideology? Are they mad? Will we ever know, or care? Tossers every one of them.

          • ButcombeMan

            There you go again.

      • jazz606

        If you think QT is excellent then you’ve got pretty low standards.

      • HookesLaw

        The BBC is not ‘chaired’ by anyone. The BBC Trust is chaired by Lord Patten.
        The BBC has an Executive Board which is responsible for operational management and is headed by the Director-General, currently ‘Tony Hall’ who is in fact Lord Hall.
        It then has a Management Board again headed by Tony Hall. It then has a whole host of Operational Divisions.
        So thats at least 3 degrees of separation from Patten.

  • itdoesntaddup

    When was QT an honest debating chamber? I think you have to go back to Robin Day’s time, don’t you?

    • ButcombeMan

      David Jacobs

  • manonthebus

    I wouldn’t dream of watching it. A pompous Dimbleby and a left-wing audience is not my idea of a debate. I don’t listen to the other Dimbleby on Any Questions on the wireless either; it’s just as bad. I have better things to do with my time.

  • dalai guevara

    But QT is so much fun, it makes our blood boil, just like Coronation Street makes the blood boil of another significant section of our society. We love it, it’s in our genes.

    • HookesLaw

      No, programmes like Coronation Street and Eastenders are a load of utter rubbish.
      The BBC has a peculiar idea about what it refers to as ‘Drama’. It consists of tales of unalloyed misery and depravity within which you would struggle to find a single redeeming character or anyone you could possibly care about.

      The BBC as an organisation, both administratively politically and creatively, is bereft; a total barren wasteland.

      • Nicholas chuzzlewit

        And should be privatised forthwith.

        • PaulHalsall

          Have you ever lived in America, and seen the crap on TV there. The US produces good series, but you have to pay extra for HBO, Showtime, etc, so they can say the word “f*ck” on screen.

          And non produced anything like Horizon (except PBS Nova) or BBC 4.

          • Nicholas chuzzlewit

            I lived there for eleven years and thus speak from experience rather than hyperbolic conjecture.

            • David Lindsay

              American television is like American wealth, with the most astonishing extremes. We are going the same way in Britain, on both scores.

              • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                Good.

          • HookesLaw

            America produces a lot of good TV. You are biased.
            Most Horizon programmes are produced in co-operation with WGBH Boston.

            The BBC produces nothing but bad TV. It’s self feeding, self serving, self gratifying, incestuous.
            It produces programmes of minimal artistic or entertainment merit.

            I take that back, the one about the policeman on some Caribbean island is quite entertaining. It will continue because it gives the BBC’s family of approved performers both a nice little earner and a nice little holiday at the same time.

            • PaulHalsall

              Are you aware WGHB is a public station (PBS).

              American conservatives try to destroy it

              Compare it to Sky ARTS 2, which has some decent programming, but with almost no context.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                WGBH is a non-commercial station, which lives off donations and private endowments. It is not a BBC style gun-to-the-head shakedown. Far from trying to “destroy it”, conservatives are much the source for their donations and endowments.

                Ya’ muppet.

          • Alexandrovich

            Hi Paul. I’ve read all your posts here.
            You come across as a particularly unsavoury character.

      • Littlegrayman

        Remember Steph McGovern summed up the BBC nicely.

      • Austin Barry

        “The BBC has a peculiar idea about what it refers to as ‘Drama’. It consists of tales of unalloyed misery and depravity …”

        Given Savile and his rutting chums, the BBC has a peculiar idea of acceptable reality.

      • dalai guevara

        Of course they are utter rubbish.
        where did I state otherwise?

  • Chris lancashire

    I packed in watching it a year ago. It’s a t#ss up which is worse – the stacked audience or the pontificating of pompous Dimbleby.

    • 2trueblue

      Dumbleby is definitely worse. Like all at the BBC they know only one way. to Liebore. The BBC is the arm of Liebore, with absolutely unashamed bias against any other view.

  • Shinsei1967

    As someone tweeted last night:

    “If the Question Time audience was representative of the UK electorate then Neil Kinnock would currently be serving his sixth term as Prime Minister.”

    • HookesLaw

      Masterfully put – whoever it was.
      I am amazed that no one has gone into print before about the inadequacies of QT.
      Certainly I think no one has said so in public on the show before. Mind you I have to say I do not watch it anymore – for the sake of my blood pressure.

      • Wessex Man

        So why are you passing comments about it?

        • HookesLaw

          Why not? I am not a socialist. Should I not talk about socialism?

          • Wessex Man

            but you are a New Tory slightly to the left of New improved rebranded Labour.

            • HookesLaw

              Hardly – you are terminally thick if you think that.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …and why is your boy Dave the socialist seeing that the BBC stays funded so lavishly?

        • HookesLaw

          ‘dave’ is not a socialist. To you anyone who is not an Aryan with a bedsheet over his head is a socialist.

          (And under Cameron the BBC face a 16% funding cut over 6 years)

          • the viceroy’s gin

            Dave is a socialist, as are you.

            And you best provide a source for you contention about BBC funding cuts, lad. You socialists are always prone to support your handmaiden, as we know, so the burden of proof is on you.

            • HookesLaw

              The licence fee is frozen and with inflation it amounts to a cut. Even poor Lord Patten has had is wages cut by £30k pa.

              For the same reason the NHS is going through a £20 billion programme of savings.

              Your idiot claims show you to be thick.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                So you lied, and there is no “cut”. I figured as much.

                Again, provide a source for you contentions. You’ve already admitted lying, so we’d have to assume all of what you’re claiming is a lie, which is typical of you Camerloons, now that I think of it.

                Source, lad.

                • HookesLaw

                  Nope – you are desperate. Nothing new there. You are the one full of lies. You are the one who said Cameron was ‘seeing that the BBC stays funded so lavishly?’
                  Something which I have conclusively pointed out is a load of bollox.
                  Nothing new there again.
                  The above link also pointed out that the BBC is having to find hundreds of millions of pounds for services which had previously been funded by the taxpayer. So there is not a shred of truth in your anti Cameron diatribe – but then there never is.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  Still no source, then, so I guess we’ll assume you are lying about everything.

                  And laddie, the Grauniad is not a source, other than for you socialists.

                • Dogsnob

                  HookesLaw has just given you a source you fool.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  No, the dolt posted a link to the Grauniad, you fool.

                • Dogsnob

                  You’ve stopped listening and thinking to what others say. Some of what your traditional enemies say, can be of use if you try doing both those things.
                  Seemingly, you can afford to ignore anything which might cause you to adapt your own held beliefs.
                  Truest sense of an idiot.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  I don’t listen to the assertions of pure socialists, lad. They can assert it, but that doesn’t make it true. In fact, because of their track record, I assume they’re lying or mistaken, much as the above muppet was.

                  People will get along just fine without you telling them how they should think and act, lad. You shouldn’t trouble yourself with any more lectures.

                • Dogsnob

                  The fact that socialists lie and deceive is the very reason why it’s vital that people listen to them and call them out for what they are. I am not lecturing you, it’s just difficult to witness the simple-mindedness you display here, without pointing it out that’s all.
                  (Are you sure you’re addressing a lad by the way?)

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  Yes, call them out as I’ve done, and don’t blindly listen to them as you’re doing. Are you even reading your own posts, lad?

                  And you’re lecturing about others being simple-minded? Seriously, you should save yourself the trouble.

                  And by the looks of things, I’m addressing a rather limited intellect, lad.

                • Dogsnob

                  And where have I given any sign that I listen blindly to socialist deceit?
                  As this will take you some time, I will apologise now for my late reply to whatever you might find – off out for a bevvy.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  Scroll up and read your previous posts, lad, They speak for themselves. In there, you’re the one jabbering blind acceptance for the above muppet’s “source”, and scolding any other treatment of them than that blind acceptance.

                  Maybe you should drink more.

                • Dogsnob

                  No. Once again you misinterpret what I say. I do not advocate ‘blindly’ accepting anything. You however, make the same fatuous blunder as those idiots on the left when they castigate anything and everything which appears in the Daily Mail, some of which is of worthwhile import.
                  In addition to the link originally offered you by Hookes Law above (which you choose to ignore) there was the observation that a freeze in funding is in effect a cut when inflation is brought to bear. Another valid point which rather than take into account, you are content to bluster over.
                  What a cosy hermetically sealed coccoon you inhabit.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  No, I’m not misinterpreting anything, lad.

                  You demanded your Grauniad buddies’ assertion be blindly accepted, and blathered and called “fool” because it wasn’t.

                  I don’t blindly accept anything, lad, from the Mail or anything else. You do blindly accept, and you stated so above, even if you’re denying it now.

                  And now you’re referring to your Grauniad assertion yet again, in your latest post, and demanding that it be accepted, AGAIN, after having denied that was what you’d originally did.

                  What a confused dolt you are.

                • Dogsnob

                  I have no buddies at the Guardian.
                  You confirm with every post you make, that you do not have the ability to take information in.
                  As I said, the perfect example of the fool.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  The only thing being confirmed is that you’re incoherent.

                • Dogsnob

                  You respond to no point made to you. You merely bluster over and again, the same idiot remarks.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  You make no points, lad. You babble incoherently. You say things and then deny you said them.

                  You’re incoherent.

                • Dogsnob

                  Incoherent is today’s word is it?

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  Incoherent is your everyday word, lad.

        • Holly

          It is the lefties spending the funding that is the problem at the BBC.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            No, it is the lefties giving them the funding that are the problem.

            Lefties like Call Me Dave.

            I don’t care what the lefties spend on propaganda, as long as the working man isn’t being extorted to pay for it .

            • Holly

              So you, along with me and millions of others, will be glad when the evil Tories scrap the licence fee, along with the BBC Trust?

              Here is how the left ‘work their magic’ on our children…
              This morning there was a feature on children making things with cardboard.
              A young imaginative American boy, left to use his OWN imagination, built a cardboard arcade, with paying customers.

              Back here at the BBC, two,young British girls built a ‘good house’ and a ‘bad castle’. When one was asked what the ‘game’ was, one of the girls explained that the ‘good people’ in the ‘good house’ had to throw ‘bombs’ on the ‘bad people’ in the ‘bad castle’ in order to KILL the ‘bad people’ who lived there.
              When asked why the people in the ‘bad castle’ were ‘bad’ one of the girls,(who had not quite been brainwashed)tried to explain how she felt after visiting the ‘bad castle’, she couldn’t, because she hadn’t quite got the gist of class wars yet. The other girl,( who was further down the brainwashed trail) explained that the ‘bad people’ in the ‘Bad castle’ wasted all their money on ‘posh cars, and should therefore should be ‘bombed’.

              How many of our youngsters are being taught that having wealth is ‘bad’, and to dislike,(enough to ‘bomb) those who do is okay?
              I was washing up at the time this went out, and found it so disturbing that I rewound it.
              Seeing the woman sitting beside these two young children, smiling with such pride at what they had ‘come up with’ set my alarm bells ringing, about what and where our children are heading.

              The two boys also in the piece made a ‘monster’s dog’., which was a lot more age appropriate.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …as should be clear by now, Dave isn’t going to scrap the BBC’s fees. He’s a socialist, just like the BBC.

                • Holly

                  Maybe so, but have you ever heard him advocating the ‘bombing’ of ‘bad people’, who live in ‘bad castles’, by ‘good people who live in ‘good houses’?

                  I have heard him advocating all people, (who are able) should aspire to live in ‘good castles’ or ‘good houses’, and be proud of what they achieve through your own hard work, instead of hankering to have the same, whether worked for or not?

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  I have heard of Dave advocating the bombing of Libya and Syria, and I have also heard of him funding the BBC, his fellow socialists.

                • Holly

                  And bombing leaders using chemical weapon on civilians is the same as the ‘poor’ bombing the ‘rich’ in what way exactly?
                  You are one mixed up person by making such a daft comparison.
                  Would it therefore have been more acceptable to you if Cameron was planning to bomb Libya & Syria because they were ‘richer’ than us?

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  You’re the confused wet jabbering about bombing. I’m pointing out to you that your heroes the Camerloons want to bomb for real, not on some television show.

              • 2trueblue

                I think it is amazing that anything like this should be aired at all. That is really unsavory and not unsurprising. the BBC should be scrapped.

      • PaulHalsall

        When will someone go to print about the Spectator, a fake opinion organ for tax avoiders living in a tacky (even by American standards) fake castle just off Sark

        • Colonel Mustard

          I live in a manor house in the Home Counties, twirling my Victorian villain’s moustache and chortling as I thrash my serfs daily. And my duck house is huge – much bigger than your ego.

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      I agree with sentiment but the proposition is wholly inaccurate in my view. Britain would have been, effectively, a ‘ward of court’ to the IMF/World Bank/EU by around the middle of his second term.

      • Tubby_Isaacs

        Right, so he wouldn’t have just devalued the pound then?

        Like John Major did.

        • telemackus

          Devaluation of the pound was best left to our progressive national socialists as in the 14% devaluation by our glorious leader Harold Wilson in 1967. The pound in your pocket was worth a lot less under labour but you knew that didn’t you?

        • HookesLaw

          Labour supported and indeed demanded entry into the Exchange Rate Mechanism. Then opposed every measure needed to stay in it.

    • Shinsei1967

      For the record it was Janan Ganesh of the FT who tweeted this comment.

      (Though to be pedantic I corrected his “fifth” to “sixth”. I think I am right).

    • Ricky Strong

      That was Janan Ganesh, political columnist for the FT.

    • disqus_KdiRmsUO4U

      The enthusiastic response of virtually all the audience to the Hasan Mail bashing proves beyond doubt that it, the QT audience, is NOT balanced despite what the BBC repeatedly claim.

      • Ben Kelly

        The audience for ‘Any Questions’ is even worse!

  • Austin Barry

    The Question Time audience is mostly quite mad: a law unto itself.

    One thing is certain: if you find yourself disagreeing with the yelping, hooting, maniacally applauding audience, you are probably an astute intellectual who long ago left the unrealistic mushy, pious world of sixth form enthusiasms.

    • ButcombeMan

      The QT audience is hand picked to produce noise of a type of which the BBC and Guardianista ideology approves. Despite the fact that hardly anyone buys the Guardian and most people who actually watch the programme are well outside the age profile of the shouters at the back of the audience.

      Anyone who doubts this, should look at the questions on the form one has to fill in to be considered.

      Dimbleby and the BBC, are well past their sell by date.

      The BBC should be cut down to size.

      • Nicholas chuzzlewit

        Or better still, privatised. That wold put another £150 a year back into the hands of all those ‘hard-working families’ for whom our politicians spend so much time expressing their boundless affection and respect.

        • PaulHalsall

          £3 a week is worth it to avoid constant ads by usurers and people selling bad insurance to post 50s (shame on Michael Parkinson and Julie whatshername)

          • Nicholas chuzzlewit

            That would be fine if you actually had a choice whether or not to pay the £3. You do not. Personally, I am not so easily persuaded by crass advertising.

          • telemackus

            Netflix costs £6 a month for quality films and programmes without the constant left-wing national socialist whining and lies.

          • HookesLaw

            Its a savings plan for your funeral. it might or might no be worth it – it depends on your life chances. If everybody claimed on their insurance then we would all go bankrupt.

          • http://twitter.com/kevint1972 Kevin T

            It’s worth it to you so maybe subscription is a better alternative. I don’t see how you can justify telling other people they should pay so you don’t have to watch adverts.

      • PaulHalsall

        This is a lie. I am calling you a liar. Sue me.

        • telemackus

          You’re a bigger liar – sue me tosspot.

        • Wessex Man

          you are rude little person and probably have a small p**** as well!

        • ButcombeMan

          I think we have your number PaulHalsall. Do get a grip and get over yourself. A lot people here agree with my assessment, meanwhile you re-tweet “Owen, whatever-his name is”. You sound like Mr Angry. I assume it is you?

          This place is a conversation where people state their opinions. In this society we are entitled to have them.

          *************************

          Owen Jones
          ‏@OwenJones84
          19h
          So, to sum-up #bbcqt: an immense performance from @mehdirhasan, while Quentin Letts gives an extra boost to Daily Mail’s drawn-out suicide?

          Retweeted by Paul Halsall

          • PaulHalsall

            I am not opposed to free Speech, and would have the US First Amendment and all its jurisprudence read into our law, Would you?

            By the way, I always use my real name. People who go one about free speech under pseudonyms always seem slightly weird to me.

            • PaulHalsall

              BTW, retweeting is part of the twitter thing, you twunt.

              • Colonel Mustard

                “an immense performance from @mehdirhasan”

                “Performance” being the operative word:-

                http://order-order.com/2013/10/04/dear-mr-dacre/

                Tee-hee.

              • ButcombeMan

                I understand twitter alright. Twitter is for Tw..ts.

                You seem to be a one man agitprop organisation. If you disagree with my opinions, argue your case, do not try and bully me, you would be wasting your time anyway.

                You seem to be trying to bully others as well:

                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                @mehdirhasan You were wonderful on QT last night – the only true left-winger there
                View conversation

                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                .@NatWest_Help Will you still advertise with Daily Mail after they smeared WWII veteran Ralph Miliband? http://bit.ly/18wGS0D via @PSbook
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                .@curryspcworld Will you still advertise with Mail group after they gatecrashed a family memorial? http://bit.ly/18wGS0D via @PSbook
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                .@BritishGas Will you still advertise with Daily Mail after they smeared WWII veteran Ralph Miliband? http://bit.ly/18wGS0D via @PSbook
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                .@Morrisons Will you still advertise with Mail group after they gatecrashed a family memorial? http://bit.ly/18wGS0D via @PSbook
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                .@marksandspencer Will you still advertise with Mail group after they gatecrashed a family memorial? http://bit.ly/18wGS0D via @PSbook
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                .@TheCooperative Will you still advertise with Mail group after they gatecrashed a family memorial? http://bit.ly/18wGS0D via @PSbook
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                8h
                .@sainsburys Will you still advertise with the Mail group after they gatecrashed a family memorial? http://bit.ly/18wGS0D via @PSbook
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                2 Oct
                @Morticia_Hogue No
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                Paul Halsall
                ‏@PaulBHalsall
                27 Sep
                @Morticia_Hogue Homophobe.

                • PaulHalsall

                  All in my own name.

                  I am not bullying you you silly twunt. I am gay man dying of AIDS, and sick from the medications. But I will say what I want when I can.

                  The closet case Damian Thompson ( yes he is gay ) at the Telegraph will not even let me comment.

                • ButcombeMan

                  Your illness is tragic. I have a very close friend in the same situation. It is no excuse however for what appears to be ritual and rude abuse of anyone who disagrees with you or who, more likely, you disagree with.

                  Abusing other people, you do not know well and on the basis of the odd tweet, as racists and homophobes, is unnaceptable public behaviour.

                  In a bar it could get you arrested.

                  Get over your aggression towards anyone who disagrees with you, and, get well. It is possible. The NHS to which you have understandably retreated, can now deal very well with your situation.

      • http://www.figurewizard.com/ figurewizard

        The BBC should be cut down to size in more ways than one. They are spending so much of the £5 billion in cash they take from us on themselves that we are now invariably presented with repeats followed by repeats of repeats which are then flogged off to Dave and eventually repatriated to be repeated yet again.

      • Andy

        The BBC should be abolished.

      • 2trueblue

        It is past its sell by date and should be disbanded.

      • McRobbie

        The BBC should be subscription paid..that would cut it to size and bring it into the modern digital age.

    • Fred Smith

      I always looked upon QT as a luvvie-lefty kangaroo court where anyone who doesn’t go along with the twee view of the world the BBC embraces, is set up to be booed and jeered, and generally set up to be presented as beyond The Pale and dismissed.

      • Colonel Mustard

        You look upon it correctly!

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