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Your views on Question Time 27th May 2010

16:56 UK time, Thursday, 27 May 2010

Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme comes from Gravesend in Kent on Thursday 27 May.

The panel includes the Conservative MP and former Welsh Secretary John Redwood and the Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer who lost her Richmond Park seat in the general election.

Tony Blair's former Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell and the former newspaper editor Piers Morgan are also on the panel together with journalist and historian Sir Max Hastings.

What are your thoughts about the programme and the panel? Let us know here on the Question Time debate page.
The questions asked were:
How will the £6.2 billion in spending cuts announced this week affect jobs and the economy?
Will the Government's proposal to award outstanding schools academy status divide education to a two-tier system?
Why are labour leadership candidates Ed Miliband and Ed Balls criticising the war in Iraq?
What steps can the leaders of our new government take to stop some of their more inflexible and diehard backbenchers from derailing the coalition?
Is entrapment journalism such as we have seen with Sarah Ferguson in the public interest?

The debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


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  • Comment number 1.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 2.

    I'm afraid I can't receive the original BBC. Since Question Time is not broadcast in countries other than the UK, I can't watch it. It's a pity because I would love to watch it. I'm really sad about that. Please, can the BBC broadcast Question Time on BBC WORLD NEWS????

  • Comment number 3.

    Piers Morgan and Alastair Campbell.

    Why have you got two Labour mouthpieces on?.

  • Comment number 4.

    I after 30 years of straight well paid employment,I have been made redundant through no fault of my own, I had a great very well paid IT career, until venture capitalists brought my company and many other companies, resigning me to the scrap heap... I think its the employment by copanies that trade in the UK that needs urgent reviewing, as the rich get richer, at the expense of everyone else in society,. if companies want to trade here, they should be forced to employ their staff here, as shipping jobs off to the 3rd world does not benefit the majority of the UK population.

    just imagine if predicted many years ago that by 2010 robots would be doing all the work, an we all would live great lives, I think the only ones living great lives would be those at the top, conrolling those robots the rest of us "normal people" would now be living on minimal benefits at poverty levels, whilst the owners and rich investors in said companies lived as kings, society should never ever be allowed to work that way. but unchecked this is the way our society is going. meanial jobs and a minimum wage for most, whilst there are great riches for the select few, off the backs of those being paid a pittance.

  • Comment number 5.

    Should be a good punch up with this mix might liven up what had become a "lets bash up" Gordon Brown forum .Who are they going to bash up now ,
    Better make the most of this type of program I fear the coalition will want to stamp out any BBC programs that might rock the boat. But how come the Lib Dems Have a spoksperson on this program surly they gave up that right when they sold out to David Cameron (and yes I know she lost her seat) But the pannel does seem a lopsided in favour of Lib / Tory support with only Alistair Campbell defending democracy.


  • Comment number 6.

    3. At 6:12pm on 27 May 2010, panchopablo wrote:
    Piers Morgan and Alastair Campbell.
    Why have you got two Labour mouthpieces on?.

    Not really unusual to have a journo from left or right, as well as a party representative. Melanie Phillips was on the other week with a Tory MP. Besides Max Hastings is to the right of centre so you could say there are two Tories as well.

  • Comment number 7.

    ........ or three tories if you count the lib-dem representative!!! ;)

  • Comment number 8.

    3. At 6:12pm on 27 May 2010, panchopablo wrote:
    "Piers Morgan and Alastair Campbell.

    Why have you got two Labour mouthpieces on?."
    Maybe for some balance. John Redwood and Susan Kramer are mouthpieces of the new government. This is the third week running that the coalition has been doubly represented.

  • Comment number 9.

    There's a typo in the editorial piece at the top.

    It doesn't say 'Shami Chakribati'

    She must be somewhere on the show.

  • Comment number 10.

    Will Susan Kramer speak her mind or play "the Greek defence".

  • Comment number 11.

    Once again the issue of spending cuts has focused on the UK rather than the loonacy of the EU situation we now have. The UK pays close to 13bn a year in EU subsidies, we are one of the biggest importer of EU zone goods and the strangle our food producing industries with the Common Agricultural Policy. The UK does not have to pay a penny for trading outside the EU zone in the 'Free Trade' zones with ligth touch regulation. The EU 'Customs Market' is the past and will be left behind by the emerging powers such as China and India. Why does this point never get discussed on this programme? BTW the EU is also voting to INCREASE it's budget when it can't validate its spending via an audit!

  • Comment number 12.

    I cannot believe that Alistair Campbell is being given air time on Question Time. It was the downfall of the Labour Party at the election, where spokespersons, who were not elected, represented the Party. You should have had a current MP to represent the Labour Party.

    Tonight the programme has been devalued as John Redwood is also critical of the coalition. We should be looking to support the coalition.

  • Comment number 13.

    The new government sacked 300 employees at Becta on Monday - ask John Redmond if he would like to re consider his answer

  • Comment number 14.

    I disagree with the BBC allowing Alasdair Campbell on Question Time as an unelected labour mouthpiece - this sort of thing is a mockery to politics - even without his behaviour regarding the Iraq dossier which was so disreputable that I'm astounded anyone gives him publicity.

    If the format is to allow a current polician from each of the three main parties, I'd prefer to see someone democratically elected - not an unelected paid mouthpiece like Campbell.

  • Comment number 15.

    Two Tory spokespeople; two Labour spokespeople; one LibDem spokesperson: what's the problem [aside from unmitigated politics!]?

    One Tory MP; no other MPs: maybe there is a problem of balance in the panel.

    Mentioning balance: someone might remind Piers Morgan that as the Conservatives have just over 300 MPs and the LibDems have well over 50 MPs, then the balance within the Cabinet is about right with 5 LibDem MPs in a Cabinet of around 30.

  • Comment number 16.

    Why Why Why does the government have 'de facto' 2 representatives?

    It's about time the BBC took the bull by the horns and stopped the administraton having more than one voice.

  • Comment number 17.

    The BBC are displaying their usual Labour party bias by inviting an unelected spin doctor TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE LABOUR PARTY.
    QT has got it utterly wrong. If they must have Campbell on the panel he should be there to speak as a commentator and NOT to represent the Labour party. He may well have controlled the Labour party but he has never been near any election himself. His twisted and vengeful actions have cost this country dearly. He has no authority to speak on behalf of Labour.
    We used to enjoy watching QT but it is quite clear over recent months it has become increasingly biased and dysfunctional. Consequently we are switching off in protest. You won't worry about the loss of two viewers, but we do ask the BBC to change the management and get back to discussing important political questions of the day with genuine representatives of political parties and independent commentators. Then you may get us to watch again.

  • Comment number 18.

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  • Comment number 20.

    for the first time ever I have switched off as there is neither a member of the government nor the opposition on the panel. Alistair Campbell is not an elected member of the house and along with many others I have no interest in listening to him

  • Comment number 21.

    Here we go, another panel of independently-educated panelists (with the notable exception of Alastair Campbell) who think they know best about how to run the state education system.

  • Comment number 22.

    I have seen schools improve enormously in the last 13 years. No more rain dripping through the roof, no more buckets catching the falling rain. Behaviour and achievement largely excellent. I've seen more schools than most Ofsted inspectors.
    Max Hastings doesn't know what he's talking about.

  • Comment number 23.

    What is Alastair Campbell doing on the panel tonight? He is not elected. I am sure many of the elected Labour Party will be dismayed at him representing their party.He is known and made his name from the part he played in the discredited Blair Government leading us into an illegal war and he is still making money on the backs of that. Disgraceful. I thought once the Labour Government had lost the election it would be bye bye Alastair. But apparently not. Does he still have a hold over the output of the BBC as he once did when he used his bully tactics to play one TV channel against another? I sincerely hope not.

  • Comment number 24.

    The chair of these debates D.D is so biased as are the Bbc. They are both so biased against the Tories. Mr Dimbleby keeps allowing The 2 Labourites to attack and talk over Mr Redwood. Same old story every week! Labour have created a mess for us all to suffer the consequences! Aarrgh

  • Comment number 25.

    It might appear that Campbell and Morgan are Labour mouthpieces, but it's clear in the past that the two really do not get along. Again, having a Lib and a Con on the panel together is not giving a balance. Essentially, they have to now be treated as the same. It would be better to allow the minor parties or commentators to take the place on the panel. It has always been the case on Question Time that the Govt puts up one panelist, the main opposition another, the Libs another, and with an "independent" commentator filling the other places. This "New Politics" requires the BBC to review the make-up of the panel.

  • Comment number 26.

    I must say I agree with the Downing street position. This is an important programme and it is pretty shameful that the Labour Party cannot provide a member of parliament or member of the lords to speak for them. To be honest, I think it is a reflection on the quality of the Labour Party that they have to rely on unelected people to fly their flag. When Labour was squatting in Number 10 it was Lord Mandelson, Lord Adonis & Alastair Campbell who were negotiating with the Lib Dems... Not a single elected official...

  • Comment number 27.

    ... and before anybody suggests otherwise, Piers Morgan went to an independent school until the age of 13 (according to his Wikipedia entry).

  • Comment number 28.

    I fully agree with the government for not sending a cabinet minister because Alistair Campbell is on the panel. Like Peter Mandelson, he is not and never has been elected by the people of Great Britain and like Peter Mandelson has wielded far too much power over the elected members of the last government. It is insulting to hear him talking as one, continually referring to 'we' when talking about what the Labour government did when it was in power.

  • Comment number 29.

    The audience member at the start of the show claimed that "a majority voted for Labour and the Lib Dems". This simply isn't true.

    Conservative: 10,706,647
    Labour: 8,604,358
    Liberal Democrats: 6,827,938

    So by no yardstick did Labour "win".

    Surprised nobody has challenged this!

    Perhaps his point is that combined, Labour and Lib Dems are a majority as opposed to the Conservatives. This arguement used in 1997 could have justified a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition as well.

    Thats not to forget that it was the choice of the parties who they wanted to try to form a government with.

    As it is, so far this government is working in favour of normal members of the public who have had enough of the encroaching authoritarian state, nanny state and financial mismanagement.

    Even Mervyn King is quoted as saying:

    "I saw the governor of the Bank of England last week when I was in London, and he told me whoever wins this election will be out of power for a whole generation because of how tough the fiscal austerity will have to be."

    Its thoroughly disingenious of the likes of Alastair Campbell to attack the government in this way for the state they left the country in.

    Has everyone forgotten the claims made that Gordon Brown prevented the Conservatives accessing the "Combined Online Information System" which shows information on 12,000 categories of government spending.

    George Osborne said:

    "Gordon Brown is denying to the opposition the information on spending items in the government budget which would help us plan for government, help us plan for dealing with the debt crisis," he said.

    "That makes our life as an opposition more difficult but, more to the point for the country, it means the country doesn't know the truth about where their money is going."

    - All sourced from BBC News websites.

    I didn't vote Tory but think some people need to educate themselves rather than simply applying outdated tribal loyalty.

  • Comment number 30.

    It is now 10.55pm and I am afraid that I cannot watch this weeks episode any longer. Alastair Campbell is an over-bearing zealot who never convinces me that he is telling the truth. I resent my licence money being paid to extreme people like him. Reasoned discussion is not allowed to flow from the entire panel.

  • Comment number 31.

    Question Time gave up any resemblance to balanced debate when Robin Day sadly left. It won't improve until a gag is applied to Dimbleby!

  • Comment number 32.

    The real issue is not about academies, grammar or state schools but is more rather about teaching the basics such as grammar, math, etc, Do away with nonsense courses and stop dumbing down things.

    I am a university lecturer and when I get 3 year student who can't even express thmeselves in their own language is a terrible shame and very indicative of those social engineers who hold that all you have to do is to expose students to language and somehow they will absorb it.

  • Comment number 33.

    As a hard working primary school teacher I take offence at the remarks made by John Redwood re education, he really does not have a clue and should not comment on matters which he clearly does not understand

  • Comment number 34.

    Piers Morgan and Alastair Campbell.

    Campbell upset at a Government Minister not being on the panel - why?

    They apparently offered one on the understanding the Opposition would put forward a Shadow minister. It seems Campbell puts himself on par with such a Minister. Sad that a Porn author (the Riviera Gigolo) has such a jumped up opinion of himself, rather sickening actually.

    Then we have Morgan, another failure who was sacked by a daily comic.

    Both have no choice but to accept that the reason the country is in such a financial mess is due to the Government they so defend. The general Labour attitude is that the trouble started in America, can they be reminded who it was exactly who removed the Financial Services Regulatory Bodies (6 of) and replaced them with the FSA - who either were total failures or they did what they were told.

    They also need reminding that in 1979 their preferred party did the very same thing, left the country in a financial mess, though surpassed by the Blair/Brown fiasco in a very big way.

    Live within ones means - is a lesson they will never ever learn, to them Debt is good!

  • Comment number 35.

    Let the teachers run the schools, scrap the Academy programme 42 billion over budget and 4 years late.Private sponsors are usually a disaster that's why Labour moved the goal posts several times during the set up of the Academy programme.

  • Comment number 36.

    Why, oh why, is moderation taking so long?

  • Comment number 37.

    three weeks after we voted out gordon brown the bbc puts on two of his apologists,campbell and morgan.the coalition is correct not to put up a minister,just as jack straw was right not to appear with the bnp.the judgement of the programmes producer must be seriously questioned

  • Comment number 38.

    I don't think the cabinet minister is not there because of Campbell. i think they put a right wing back-bencher on there because he can discgree with the liberals and no-one will criticise the coalition. They still have not figured out how the libs and tories are going to act on QT because the fundamentally disagree on so many things

  • Comment number 39.

    there is not two labour spokesmen on the panel, however there are four Tories why?

  • Comment number 40.

    Why do the chairman and other pannelists use the phrase "your government" when talking to Alistiar Cambell ?
    Please tell me which constituency ever elected him ????

  • Comment number 41.

    Why can't Alistair Campbell keep quiet when others are speaking instead of trying to score cheap shots. We need debate not tiresome political shots and spinning. Amazing as he's not even a MP has no voice in parliament and yet speaks as if he holds the Leadership of the opposition.

  • Comment number 42.

    Blasir and crew were a bunch of liars and misled the British public. How anyone at this point and time still beleieve those liars is beyond me.

    Blair was an American suck-up to an American right wing agenda.

    Unfortunately we Canucks were caught up in the same lies and have been suffering since.

    Casualty #146 came home today.

    Shame, shame, shame.

  • Comment number 43.

    Cannot believe the pannelists this evening. We have one backbench MP, one ex MP, two ex newspaper editors and an employee of the Labour party. In particular Alistair Campbell and Piers Morgan.

  • Comment number 44.

    WMD: Someone might remind the panel that just because they didn't find any doesn't mean there weren't any!

  • Comment number 45.

    For the second week in a row, David Dimbleby has not acted as Chairman and allowed those who shout loudest the most airtime.

    Whilst I agree Downing Street shouldn't dictate the guests on Question Time, I don't know how the BBC can justify having the unelected Alistair Campbell as representative of the Labour Party.

    It's a really poor panel tonight.

  • Comment number 46.

    I mostly enjoy watching Question Time for the debate and to learn about the different parties. It can be helpful to hear other ideas. David Dimbleby appears to have lost control of tonights show which really would have been better called the Alistair Campbell show. He is/has been a spin doctor - why is David Dimbleby allowing him to dominate and spin? This should be a forum for political debate not a joke or a sport. It is disappointing that there are not representatives from the government and opposition cabinets which would have been much more appropriate for the first Question Time after the opening of parliament than the 'floor show' offerred this evening.

    I will try again next week and hope for a more balanced and grown up political debate.

  • Comment number 47.

    I think Dimbleby has really lost the plot with the discussion tonight. Why has he let Campbell and Morgan go on for so long about the veracity or otherwise of intelligence about the Iraq war when the issue is about the candidates for the Labour leadership?

  • Comment number 48.

    REF THE SCHOOL ACADAMYS.My Daughter teaches at a school that changed to an acadamy a couple of years ago and the change in the school(an inner city one I might add) has been unbelievable. It has improved tenfold from not having enough money to buy pens and paper, the funds now available and the freedom of running the school has made such a difference to the whole ethos of the school and its pupils.

  • Comment number 49.

    Absolute drivel from Piers Morgan, Ed Milliband not only wasn't an MP in 2003, he wasn't even living in the country at the time.

    He's looking to find out why Labour has lost trust amongst some of the electorate.

    The Iraq war is comfortably one of the three big reasons to account for this.

    If he had chose to ignore that, he'd have been slaughtered for brushing it under the carpet, so he couldn't win.

  • Comment number 50.

    Why do the former Labour government continue to take critisism over the 'weapons of mass destruction' debate. They know they had them and that they are now, in most part, in Syria!

  • Comment number 51.

    While everyone is discussing new types of schools when will politicians go back to children being educated instead of being taught how to pass exams.
    This has been going on for years and it is getting worse, a child's education is important and more than just learning how to pass various exams and teachers have to meet targets.

  • Comment number 52.

    I find it remarkable that the BBC criticise the government for not providing a spokesman for tonights program. Who elected Alastair Campbell? If he represents Labour, no wonder they lost the election.

  • Comment number 53.

    Blair employed the right man to write the Iraq war justification - (A fiction writer).

    I have read every piece of pre-war intelligence and none at any time stated Saddam had WMD - nor did they say he was building any.

    So Campbell is a Liar as was Blair.
    Since when there has not been a word any Labour operative has spoken I have believed - because they proved they cannot be trusted.

    The lives lost in both Iraq and still being lost in Afghanistan will forever be down to the Labour Party, just as the mountain of debt they have bequeathed to the yet to be born kids!

  • Comment number 54.

    why Why Why does the government have 2 representatives on this programme?

    It's about time that the BBC did the decent thing, grasped the bull by the horns and brought Question Time back to a proper symmetry.

  • Comment number 55.

    Have the BBC and Dimbleby finally lost the plot? They invite two 'unelected' Labour mouthpieces onto the program and when the Conservatives decide not to field a government front bench spokesperson, Dimbleby launches a disgraceful tirade aimed at trying to embarrass them. Not surprisingly, the LibDems decided not to field a current MP - good for them. All this after weeks and weeks of openly left wing biased election coverage and stacked audiences at London based Question Times and Any Questions. Really the Dimblebies, Andrew Neil, Jon Sopel et al must learn to control themselves.

  • Comment number 56.

    Who are the moderators?

  • Comment number 57.

    David Dimbleby asserted, without challenge, that academy schools are free to choose their exaination boards, "unlike local authority schools". This is just completely wrong. All schools regardless of their status choose the boards they wish to enter their pupils for across the range of subjects. The LA does not and can not influence schools' choice of board in any subject. Once again, a growing and malignant insidious anti-local authority bias is allowed to be broadcast in the media without any accuracy check or balance. This is a disgraceful trend in a democractic society and one I have noted to be more prevalent since the ludicrous Tory Lib coup in May. Get some accuracy and backbone BBC!

  • Comment number 58.

    If the moderators are going to take so long on this site, is there any point in commenting? All the comments awaiting moderation above are now about the previous question!!!

  • Comment number 59.

    Labour has left this country just like greece so the new government must cut so dont blame the new goverment watch and see,

  • Comment number 60.

    I have to agree with Downing St I am fed up with seeing Alistair Campbell on TV talking as if he was an elected representative, he is at the end of the day merely a publicist and advisor and I can fully understand why the government would rather enter into meaningful discussion with at least an ELECTED representative.

  • Comment number 61.

    Question time has been a sham this week, Dimbleby has given far too much time to Campbell and Morgan, and not told them off for constantly interrupting. Not impressed !

  • Comment number 62.

    I can't believe that people are still under the belief that Labour have done our country any favours especially with regards to schooling, health care and the useless efforts to hand out money which quite frankly people should get off their back sides and earn themselves!
    As a lecturer in a FE college and a Mum of two children soon gto be three, I get to see the failings of the education systemwhich is totally outrageous - most of the children are unable to spell,be able to use grammar, unable to complete simple maths, their writing is illiterate (I could go on). I totally agree that the trust funds should be scraped, it is the parents responsibility to finance their children not society or the government. With regards to unemployment-why are we paying for houses, benefits, holidays and free education for people who do not contribute to the country? Why not import the scheme that America have where by they only receive their "benefits" if they work!
    I also think our health system should be privatised, I would much rather pay for a health insurance scheme to reeive a better quality of service!
    Sorry to upset anyone!!!

  • Comment number 63.

    I was barely an adult when Labour took us to war under the 'false pretences' despite such massive demonstrations against the action.

    Since then I have had little faith in the scructure of our socalled democracy.

    When the will of the people carries more weight than the hazy motives of one government or another may we live in a civilised society.

  • Comment number 64.

    Watching tonight's programme, I feel like I'm watching the Alistair Campbell's show, and Question Time was wrong to try and put Alistair Campbell representing Labour against a new Coalition Government Minister, an elected Labour MP should have been used, as Alistair in not an elected member of the Labour party, and this man is not the sort of man to represent the opposition party

  • Comment number 65.

    The chair needs to get a grip. Morgan and Campbell keep shouting over each other and everyone and I can't hear anything anyone is saying. And that poor woman might as well go home.

    And what is the point of the same debate over Iraq again? I am turning over.

  • Comment number 66.

    I voted Labour (albeit tactically) at the election and I'm disappointed to see Alastair Campbell on the panel. I had naively assumed that the main party representative on the show should be a member of Parliament. Why am I still listening to the opinions of an unelected spin doctor. These may be dark days for Labour but at the very least I expect them to rustle up an elected representative to talk for the party.

  • Comment number 67.

    Why does n't Alistair Campbell seek election as an MP if he wants to change polictics? Why does the public have to suffer the views of an unelected person on TV as a representative of the Labour Party? I am disgusted with the BBC to give so much air time to an unelected spin doctor who operates by skulking around in the shadows. Shame on you BBC for adding to Alistair Campbell's anti democratic power and influence on politics by giving him so much air time.

  • Comment number 68.

    What sort of democracy is it where the party that came last in the election gets into power. And they are the party that claims that they want greater democracy.

    The sycophancy of the libe dems makes me sick, and to think I was tempted to vote for them.

  • Comment number 69.

    I'm bored of the continuous point scoring and no fwd momentum. QT you have got this one wrong. Why didn't you just have 5 audience members who favoured a blend of parties, sit and answer questions. At least they'd allow each other to talk.

    What a waste of time. I'm going green and turning the POWER OFF !!!

  • Comment number 70.

    Rubbish programme tonight......a mere shouting match with unelected Alistair Campbell and unqualified Piers Morgan on one side and two unknown politicians on the other. Luckily John Redwood provided the calming voice of reason. Don't invite Alistair Campbell again - nobody cares what he says cos nobody voted for him.

  • Comment number 71.

    Pier's is 100% right we did not get what we voted for, the lib's will regret what they have done, it will cost them votes in the long run.

  • Comment number 72.

    This edition of Questiontime is a total mess. Alistair Cambell and Pier Morgan are no representatives of the labour party. Why were they selected. I can understand why the Conservative Party didn't supply a Cabinet minister. It a shambles!

  • Comment number 73.

    Yes, the coalition needs to be given a chance. Everyone I've spoken with - and I'm into politics locally so that's quite a few and of varied shades of politics - they are all saying that they are very pleased with the coalition government. The public is behind the new government because they want to see the political leaders in parliament working together. Only the political die-hards are against it, and they are putting Party before Country.

    Panel members such as Piers Morgan in particular cannot say anything constructive. All this negative talk is boring and unhelpful. There is nothing wrong with working together and reasonable compromise.

    Patronising? no! And the LibDems and Labour elected MPs were not enough to form a majority Government.

    Piers Morgan - about time to stop according him the honour of appearing on quality programmes such as Question Time, because he is totally negative and destructive.

    Come on, people, let's get positive for a change.

  • Comment number 74.

    Why is it that we have an ex Liberal Democrat MP a current Conservative MP, but Labour are represented by a Public Relations expert. Could they not even be bothered to provide an MP to represent them? This just shows the arrogance of the whole Labour group that they can't even put an MP up for scrutiny. Alistair Campbell have never stood for election and has no right to sit and spout about policy. On top of this he seems to get away with shrugging off any challenge to his dodgy dossier. No-one ever seems to challenge him on this. It is so annoying that a man who has never faced an electorate has been given so much power and coverage, and has been allowed to lie to the British public with no consequences. Anyone in the normal word who lied so badly about something so serious would have been castigated roundly and yet he seems to be completely immune to criticism

  • Comment number 75.

    Question time often features non MPs. Why do people not want to hear what Alistair Campbell has to say, even if you disagree with hime there is no doubt that he is at the centre of the Labour party.

  • Comment number 76.

    Can I remind the two members of the Question Time audience who have said that the majority of people voted for labour and liberal democrats combined that this is not the case? For those two parties to have a majority, they needed the support of all othe other smaller parties, and they clearly decided they could not achieve that. Perhaps someone should remind the said audience members that for the past three terms, the Labour government ruled with a minority share of the vote ie less then 50% because the system of first past the post was the same?

  • Comment number 77.

    I have been an avid question time viewer for over twenty years, but tuned in to watch tonight and cannot believe that the BBC have chosen Alastair Campbell of all people to represent Labour! - by now, after all these years of Alastair Campbell's unelected presence within Government, the BBC must surely be aware that Campbell has had a malign and negative influence that has not benefitted our Country's well-being at all! Would it not have been better decision to have invited a properly elected Labour Minister to represent Labour this evening on this programme. It does seem a rather mischevious choice of panellist to me.

  • Comment number 78.

    Don't give up. Labour have gone. Be happy.

  • Comment number 79.

    I am a regular viewer to Question Time. I have never switched off the programme before it has ended before but I did so tonight.
    The constant bickering from Piers Morgan and Alastair Campbell was more than I could bear. The programme was a shambles ! Think twice before you ever invite them on the programme again.

  • Comment number 80.

    PS Max Hastings was hardly any better than Piers Morgan. For goodness' sake let's have some panellists who are truly well-informed, not just politically biased and negative.

    And, yes, we should have both LibDem and Conservative panellists: for the very reasons that were mentioned tonight - that they do not necessarily agree on everything! They are, of course, two entirely separate political parties: the parties have not merged!

  • Comment number 81.

    Unfortunately, I have to reiterate a point I made earlier on, that David Dimbleby really has run his course as QT chairman. It's all got rather too cosy for my liking. Too often he allows panelists to deliberately wander off the topic and to promote their own personal agenda at the expense of answering direct and pertinent questions from members of the public.

    The chairman really should be acting on behalf of the audience and the viewers in holding the panelists to account in their responses, but in this Dimbleby fails too often. Time for a change.

  • Comment number 82.

    What massive opposition?

    1 million unwashed marched on London!

    That leaves over 60 million FOR the war!!

    I'm also sick of all the 'lives lost' rubbish when arguing against the Iraq war....think you will find it is very low. All the lives lost are in Afganistan, a completely legitimate war supported universally by everyone at the time!! The only problem here is the 'hearts and minds' garbage when we should be rolling the place flat with tanks!!

  • Comment number 83.

    Question Time is embarrassing tonight. Really poor panel and a poor debate. Piers Morgan and Alastair Campbell are just making as much noise as they can, and why is Campbell on there anyway? I thought we'd finally got rid of Mandelson and Campbell who were never elected and never deserved the amount of influence they wielded. The BBC should be ashamed of airing this. Recent surveys show that the majority of the general public support the new coalition and want to give it a chance, but you'd never think that from the comments on the panel.

  • Comment number 84.

    Very, very disappointed by tonight's programme. Panellists were continually talking over one another and when the poor audience did on rare occasions get invited to ask a question (Question Time???), same panellists simply got on their soapboxes about a completely different subject. And David Dimbleby simply let them! I like David Dimbleby but he seems to have completely lost the ability to Chair with any sort of effectiveness. Come on, guys, pull your socks up! This was really, really poor and if it carries on, this is one usually loyal viewer who will soon be switching off.

  • Comment number 85.

    the Iraq War. Bush`s poodle knew there were no WMD, so did John Scarlet, but Scarlet kept his mouth shut, and Blair promoted him!!Blair admitted in a chat show that he wanted regime change, just like Bush! What a democracy!

  • Comment number 86.

    Thank you for the Campbell & Morgan show.
    Where was the Chairman?.
    Impartiality disappeared out of the BBC window.
    An absolute disgrace

  • Comment number 87.

    have i just watched question time? didnt feel like it or was it the Alastair Campbell and Piers Morgan show. this has confused me somewhat perhaps standards have been relaxed. yes thats probably right it will take a while to get used to the new format.theres me thinking britians got talent.

  • Comment number 88.

    Congratulations to the Government for refusing to put forward an official minister on Question Time when their is no elected representative of the Labour Party! BBC, Stop waisting our broadcasting money with unelected officials such as Campbell when Labour has more than 250 MP's to represent their party at Question Time.

  • Comment number 89.

    A very disappointing edition of QT due to a very poor selection of panelists. No serious backbencher, no cabinet member; a spin doctor and a failed journalist combo, who between them were given the disproportionate amount of time. David D seems to be losing control over the discussion, people talking over one another, too little audience participation, boring, boring, boring.

  • Comment number 90.

    I thought that the BBC was not biassed, but after seeing the panel for tonights Question Time, I have changed my mind. It is no wonder that the government refused a front bench spokesman. You should be ashamed of yourselves....Alistair Campbell, Piers Morgan, John Redwood and a Liberal who lost their seat to a Conservative.
    Plus the venue of Gravesend?

  • Comment number 91.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 92.

    I was pretty appalled by tonights QT. Susan Craner was treated deplorably by the all male cast including David Dimbleby, and it just became a shouting match with two labour unelected people behaving like children. Have they learnt anything about what the election was about or the result which has been served upon us. I think its about time the prgramme makers took a long hard look at what they are broadcasting and encourage proper respectful debate and not the yahboo politics most of us get completely switched off by

  • Comment number 93.

    I agree with all the comments on here regarding Alastair Campbell being allowed to take over Question Time tonight. I doubt anyone will bother to take any notice of our comments, however, if everyone wrote to the BBC to complain, maybe someone, somewhere would get the message that David Dimbleby totally lost control tonight and that Alastair Campbell, is not and never was an elected MP and that, far from the Coalition being in the wrong in refusing to put up a Cabinet Member on the panel, they were correct. If the Labour Party couldn't find an MP to go on the panel, why should the Coalition do as the BBC requests.

    By the way, even if we do send in a complaint, we will all get a standard response and the BBC and the producer of QT will totally ignore us. I intend to write to my MP, to ask her to speak to her Coalition colleagues to see if the government can bring the BBC to heel. We pay their wages and it is about time, they listened to their viewers.

  • Comment number 94.

    Tonight's edition of 'Questiontme' has been the least enjoyable within my experience. David Dimbelby seemed mesmerised by the presence of Campbell on the panel who was given far too much time in answers and interruptions of other panelists' contributions. Dimbelby did not control more than one person shouting over the other panelists or make them stick to the question and the whole event was a shambles.

  • Comment number 95.

    Capital gains tax increase - this nonsense about savers, and the bulk of the middle classes being hit is simply untrue. No one with a second home will be hit - they would simply nominate the second home as their main residence, and pay no CGT. So only people with more than 2 homes would pay CGT - and they must be RICH. The idea that there are millions of people with shares that would be subject to CGT if they were sold is similarly nonsense. Since 1990, tax free savings accounts (Tessa, Toisa, ISA etc.), have been available. A diligent saver could have built up a substantial capital sum in stock market investments. Any people who have such investments outside the tax free wrappers, which could be subject to CGT, must be RICH. So actually a substantial increase in CGT would be a very clever policy, getting the RICH to put a bit more of their wealth into supporting the country, rather than their personal assets.

  • Comment number 96.

    The most biased and least interesting Question Time I have ever watched. If the chairman refuses to tell the members of the panel who constantly interupted the other speakers to keep quiet he should step aside. I would love to know the percentage of time allocated to Campbell compared to the other panel members.

  • Comment number 97.

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  • Comment number 98.

    Question Time has not been as well chaired recently as it used to be. I want to hear all political views on issues,but tonight's programme was a travecty of fair and reasoned debate. David Dimbelby allowed Alistair Campbell and Piers Morgan to dominate, constantly pandering to them and giving tham the upper hand.I'm surprised tha other panellists put up with it. We were all short changed.

  • Comment number 99.

    The program has fnished, yet comments from subjects over half an hour ago have yet to be moderated! What's the point!!

  • Comment number 100.

    Dear BBC, Yet once again, another week passes without a single question or reference to the slow motion car-crash disaster that is unfolding just over the horizon, Namely, The Cataclysm of the Euro Single Currency!!
    It has the possibilities of causing even more damage to our economy than the banking collapse and yet you fail to permit any questions to be asked about this possible catastrophe.
    I cannot believe for one minute that No One in your hand picked audience wanted to ask the panel a question about The Euro and the European Union.
    You had time to waste a question on Sarah Ferguson, but not something so fundamental as The Euro. You are a disgrace,!


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