Question Time

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Will anything go right for Nigel Farage?

15 May 2015 12:27

Anxious viewers tuned into Question Time last night to watch live coverage of the ongoing Nigel Farage crisis. Quite a week for the Ukip leader. Up and down. In and out.… Continue reading

Douglas Carswell (L) and UKIP leader Nigel Farage eat ice-creams as they visit Clacton-On-Sea, in eastern England, on October 9, 2014.

Have Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell reached détente over Ukip’s Short money?

15 May 2015 8:39

The row over what to do with its Short money was the tinderbox for Ukip’s internal tensions. Although the war between Team Farage and Team O’Flynn has been bubbling away for… Continue reading

British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party David Cameron addresses workers during a UK general election campaign event at ASDA supermarket's headquarters in Leeds, northern England on May 1, 2015.

Election podcast special: six days to go

1 May 2015 17:51

In today’s election podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the most significant moments during the campaign this week. Did Ed Miliband’s interview with Russell Brand make any impact? Which… Continue reading

Nigel Farage is surrounded by media during a UK general election campaign event in the market square in Aylesbury on April 30, 2015.

The fruitcakes are back as Ukip declares ‘war with the BBC’

1 May 2015 14:44

Ukip is becoming a two-faced party. One side is made up of credible political challengers, while the other side comprises LibLabCon conspiracy theorists. Since the last election, the party has made progress… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme, hosted by David Dimbleby (L), with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Campaign kick-off: six days to go

1 May 2015 9:30

By this time next week, the election will all be over and it will be a question of seats, leaderships and coalitions. With six days of campaigning left, today will… Continue reading

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The truth about Labour and overspending

30 April 2015 23:38

Ed Miliband’s worst moment in the Question Time debate came when he refused to accept that Labour had spent too much before the crash. The audience reacted with fury: how… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television program at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 23:18

According to the snap poll, David Cameron has won the final TV ‘debate’ of the short campaign. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Ed Miliband’s refusal to admit that Labour overspent could cost him dear

30 April 2015 23:02

Tonight’s Question Time special with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg provided the best television of this campaign so far. A well-informed audience relentlessly pressed the three leaders on their weakest points.… Continue reading

A police sniffer dog checks the stage of the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television show at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

As it happened: Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 19:52

Welcome to the Spectator’s live coverage of the special edition of Question Time with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. We’ll be providing live analysis of the final TV programme… Continue reading

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Has the Tory crossover in the polls finally arrived?

30 April 2015 16:27

As election day nears, the number of polls appearing is rapidly increasing. But it still remains very tight and the movements are generally within the margin of error. But there is… Continue reading

The spin room at the ITV debate. Photo: Isabel Hardman

A (partial) defence of the spin room

30 April 2015 15:27

Tonight’s ‘Question Time’-style TV debates will be followed by what has become probably the most hated aspect of this rather uninspiring general election campaign: the spin room. This spectacle of… Continue reading


Cameron needs to keep the momentum going in tonight’s Question Time

30 April 2015 13:41

Tonight’s Question Time is, probably, the most important TV event of the campaign. The fact that it is on BBC1 in prime time means that it is likely to attract… Continue reading

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Question Time: Will Ed Miliband take his lectern with him?

30 April 2015 12:56

With Ed Miliband’s expensive election guru David Axelrod rarely spied at the Labour leader’s side, Miliband has found a new pillar of strength to get him through the campaign. Rarely a day goes… Continue reading

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Will Tristram Hunt’s business-savvy wife be voting Labour?

9 February 2015 13:44

It was his contempt for nuns that got shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt into trouble on last week’s Question Time, but there was another notable line worth revisiting. A tetchy… Continue reading

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.

In defence of Tristram Hunt

8 February 2015 15:15

I have never had any particularly strong views on Tristram Hunt other (naturally) than finding it bleakly hilarious that he should be the Labour party’s Parliamentary representative for Stoke. But… Continue reading

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.

Sisterhood responds to Tristram Hunt’s nun comments

7 February 2015 8:00

Tristram Hunt caused upset on Question Time when he appeared to question the abilities of nuns as teachers during a debate with Cristina Odone. He has since tried some damage limitation in the… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt and nuns: an anti-Catholic snob lets his guard slip

6 February 2015 11:53

Question Time last night. My colleague Cristina Odone of the Legatum Institute  is explaining that ‘some of the most inspiring teachers who taught me were not out of teacher training… Continue reading

Has the BBC changed its picture policy after the Charlie Hebdo debate on Question Time?

BBC to revise its restrictions on depicting Mohammed

9 January 2015 14:09

Last night’s Question Time saw David Dimbleby chair a debate on freedom of expression following the Charlie Hebdo shootings. During the programme, Dimbleby stated that the BBC’s policy with regards to representations of Mohammed was… Continue reading

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Watch: why doesn’t Russell Brand stand for Parliament?

12 December 2014 10:07

In case you hadn’t heard, Russell Brand was on Question Time last night with Nigel Farage. It was explosive to say the least, with Brand and Farage clashing over pretty… Continue reading

Sajid Javis on Question Time. Photo: BBC.

Audio: ‘I’m called Sajid, I’m fiercely patriotic about our country’

5 December 2014 8:50

Sajid Javid was on Question Time yesterday and gave easily one of the most confident and assured defences of the government’s immigration policy to date. In response to a question… Continue reading

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Where did the BBC find last night's Question Time audience? They were so sensible

17 October 2014 18:09

When I first learned about Athenian democracy as a teenager I was baffled that they could have decided government positions by lottery; what was to stop someone totally unsuitable and useless from… Continue reading

Ed Balls' last appearance on Question Time in November 2011. Photo: BBC.

Is Ed Balls scared of Question Time?

13 March 2014 17:00

Like it or not, Question Time is Britain’s most popular forum for political debate. Two million viewers regularly tune in, and Thursday evenings on BBC1 is when and where ordinary people… Continue reading

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Is Nigel Farage losing his touch?

8 November 2013 12:55

Is Nigel Farage’s magic disappearing? On Question Time last night (his 15th appearance in four years) the Ukip leader was taken to task by an audience member who asked him… Continue reading

Local radio and Five Live do a much better job of reflecting the concerns and opinions of middle England than TV does. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Radio is more representative of middle England than TV

15 October 2013 12:45

Greetings from the 2013 Radio Festival, in Salford. I’m here to take part in a debate about whether or not radio reflects the opinions and concerns of a broad enough… Continue reading

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Question Time sketch: Adam Afriyie proves his enemies right

11 October 2013 11:41

Question Time last night featured Tory bad boy, and granny’s favourite, Adam Afriyie. Gosh he was a spectacle to behold. Coiffed and primped like a Savile Row supermodel, he looked… Continue reading