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Your views on Question Time on Thursday 1 April 2010

22:12 UK time, Thursday, 1 April 2010

Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme comes from Stevenage on Thursday 1 April.The panel are
Home Secretary Alan Johnson, the shadow business secretary Ken Clarke, the Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Sarah Teather and the broadcasters and writers Richard Littlejohn and Victoria Coren.
What are your thoughts about the programme and the panel? Let us know here on the Question Time debate page.

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Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    I watched for the first time since the Griffin debacle. Nothing changes, and it was the same old, same old, lifted occasionally by astute comment from the audience. More fun to be had down the pub I'm afraid. Wake me up when the election is over.

  • Comment number 2.

    Frankly, Question Time is becoming a big 'turn off'. It is so predictable, with David Dimbleby being patronising and biased against Tory guests. He loves to humiliate their comments and promotes left wing thinking.
    He just does not get it, the viewers are turning against this Government with a vengeance because they have been let down over pensions, savings, jobs,etc.
    The time is quickly coming where there will be an outcry for the BBC to lose its Royal Charter because it does not remain neutral or unbiased. There is a strong feeling amongst the electorate for the BBC to lose its licence fee. Then see how it is to operate in the real world.

  • Comment number 3.

    Have not watched it since the disgraceful Nick Griffin programme.

  • Comment number 4.

    Alan Johnson was hopeless, but Victoria Coren is hot, maybe she should stand for parliament?

  • Comment number 5.

    I think our unelected PM is going to rue the day it was decided to give the unelected Lord Mandelson a key role in the Labour election campaign.

  • Comment number 6.

    I think the man in the audience, who quoted the number of applicants for his job who couldn't speak English, just about summed up the immigration mess we have. Presumably many of these are on benefits anyway and are just going through the Jobcentre rigmorole. No wonder this country is a magnet for the rest of the world. Is the purpose really about our noses being "rubbed in multi-culturalism"?

  • Comment number 7.

    Alan Johnson wasn't asked about his decision to classify mephedrone. I suppose the entire question of arbitrary, failed drugs prohibitionism has been pre-censored out of the BBC's political coverage now?

  • Comment number 8.

    As always Ken Clarke was concise and factual and more importantly these days, believable. Karen Coren spent too much time describing every siuation as a prospective date no matter how serious the question from the audience. Alan Johnson and Sarah Teather spent too much time trying to undermine Cameron without giving any clear answers to any question. I did enjoy the programme because of Ken Clarke.

  • Comment number 9.

    Richard Littlejohn was spot on in suggesting that the current debate about savings to be made were not particularly relevant to the massive reduction in deficit which we are faced with, particularly when the huge increase in debt servicing charges which arise due to the national debt continuing to grow as we nibble away at the deficit. To achieve a reduction in deficit by half in four years the required savings per year rises from £21B to £49B by 2018.
    Our politicians, including Vince Cable seem to be focussing only on what they could muster in year one. This approach is like pretending that you can have a car boot sale each and every year for many years,without accumulating anythig else in your garage.
    Also there are distorted ideas about what constitutes debt reduction. Avoiding planned spending in the future does not constitute saving. Its a bit like me saying I can save $85000 this year by not buying a Rolls Royce.

  • Comment number 10.

    Alan Johnso was being disengengous abot population increase as he well knows

    He says our population increase is due to
    a) birth rates inreases
    b) people living longer
    c) immigration

    He empasised to first two

    What he chose not to say is the fastest rate of increase in birth rate is among mothers WHO WERE NOT BORN ON THIS COUNTRY

    So he chose not to say we all knew (including him) that certain immigrant peoples tend to have more children than our own population

    Ask the National Statistics Office or come to Bradford Leicester etc and ask the registrars of Births Deaths and Marriages. This is not intended as a slur on any section of society but FACTS ARE FACTS and its high time we were honest - Labour must not be surprised that BNP get the support that is building for them - it is obviously a protest and the lack of honesty by Labour has been the direct cause and it is not an inherent racism in our normally easy going nation. Will politics ever learn to stop treating us all as idiots!

  • Comment number 11.

    Ken Clarke was his usual excellent self, Johnson was showing signs that he's ready to take over from Gordon Brown, Sarah Teather was forever interrupting with LibDem rants about the same old stuff, Victoria Cohen spouted nonsense and Littlejohn was...well...Littlejohn.

  • Comment number 12.

    David Dimbleby is on the BBC gravy train the lack of integrity runs though him, he would never get it what we the citizen's of this ones proud country are going though, from an early age with the help of his father he has been wrap up in cotton, its time to get rid of him, and save us the license payer a lot of money. move on BBC you are out of touch

  • Comment number 13.

    Where did Littlejohn get off blaming Brown for the economic problems.
    It started in America with the toxic assets, then the banks (here and worldwide) gambled and traded with those assets and the system collapsed.
    As a conservative (Littlejohn that is) it is obvious he would blame Labour. Instead maybe he should take into account it wasn't them who blocked more regulation, whilst the recession was happening Cameron said we should de-regulate and also the party who said we should do nothing when the world concensus was to do something.

    Strange to see two tories on the panel though because that never happens every week. It's amazing the week they had Vorderman (who works for them) and a party member. Wheres the equality in that. It's been that way for as long as I've watched it, I'm 22 now and have always been interested in politics and always disgusted when the Tories claim bias against them when they benefit from always having a Littlejohn, a Starkey or someone of that ilk.

  • Comment number 14.

    more victoria coren please

  • Comment number 15.

    What last night's QT showed was just how badly we need Ken Clarke to manage our economy out of the disaster that it is in now.

    And, yes, Victoria Coren is a babe! Schwiiiing! I don't think she said anything useful in terms of political debate and most of what she said would be suited to Hello! magazine but she was good eye candy.

    As for the Lib Dems representative, she looked like a schoolgirl trying to argue with someone of the stature of Ken Clarke. It was cringeworthy and embarrassing to watch the no-hoper Lib Dems spouting meaningless rubbish.

    Littlejohn reminded me a bit of Nick Griffin in a bad mood: populist claptrap to rouse the rabble and appealing to the lowest common denominator.

    Finally, I agree with the comments about Dimbleby - he does appear to put down the Tories and seems a bit too matey with the New Labour panelists.

  • Comment number 16.

    Ross Quinn, you are so young, what would you no, when brown was cutting budgets over 12 years ago you were only 10 years of age, because of brown slashing budgets when he was the chancellor to get is own back on blair, like selling are gold reserve on the cheap and wasting money on hair brain policy's and now it has come back to bite him in is ass, he will go down in history as a unelected pm that was disliked by most of this nation, what a legacy.

  • Comment number 17.

    I think it's time to take Dimbleby to task over his constant butting in and his habit of brow beating some of the guests.We often lose valuable question and audience input time while he shows off.
    It's more than obvious where he stands on certain issues.Yet he is supposed to be unbiased,fair and balanced.

    We need a change in his attitude or a change of chairman.
    When he is good he is good.
    However it's not the Dimbleby Show
    It's Question Time.

  • Comment number 18.

    i've long given up on this left wing biased programme,Dimblebey is clearly only sympathetic to nu-labour w/ that usual left wing 'rent a mob'
    as an audience.Sad,the BBC USED to be neutral,now it's just a part of that NU-Labour machine which is erroding all our civil liberties,& encroaching into our lives more & more..the stasi? ..almost.Shame on the BBC..yet another clear case of why we must scrap the rip-off licence fee!!

 

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