BBC Question Time (5/2/09): open thread

There’s no Lib Dem representative on tonight’s Question Time (BBC1 and online, 10.35 pm GMT) – but liberalism will be represented, at least to some degree, by Shami Chakrabati, director of Liberty (and, more importantly, the original LDV Liberal Voice of the Year 2007).

Shami will appear alongside Labour’s Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon (the man who somehow, miraculously, escaped being sacked as defence secretary following the David Kelly affair), Conservative shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May (who somehow, miraculously, escaped being sacked from the shadow cabinet for general inspidness), the leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage (watch those eyes swivel once the EU’s mentioned), and singer and actor Will Young (a budding Lib Dem?).

And for those who are staying up extra late for BBC1’s This Week, Billy Bragg, Andrew Rawnsley and Jamelia (yes, really) will be on hand to lighten the atmosphere alongside Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott.

If you’re tuning in to watch, remember: don’t get angry, get commenting.

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  • Liam Pennington 5th Feb '09 - 10:39pm

    Will Young?!

  • David from W5 5th Feb '09 - 10:39pm

    Ed Davey was supposed to be on, but he’s not there.

  • David from W5 5th Feb '09 - 10:40pm

    Will Young has a politics degree.

  • Liberal Neil 5th Feb '09 - 11:51pm

    I agree with Alex that Will Young came over well, and came across as very genuine.

    I thought Hoon was dreadful, from his rubbish about not being prepared for snow right through to so obviously refusing to answer the point on torture.

  • I was interested to hear the audience member suggest we could fund extra snow work by cutting pensions for councillors.

    My authority is being abolished in April and my 26 years of service comes to an end.

    Where do I apply for my pension?

  • @Elizabeth, it is quite likely that Ed Davey was dumped by the beeb so that they could have Farage and Chakrabati on in reponse to the ‘British jobs for British workers’ protests

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