BBC Question Time – LDV open thread, 23 July 2009 #bbcqt #nnbe

Tonight’s Question Time comes from Norwich, and is broadcast shortly after polls close in the Norwich North by-election.

For the Lib Dems, Baroness Shirley Williams enters the fray. She is joined by fellow peeress Baroness Warsi, writer and broadcaster Clive James and from the House of Commons, Geoff Hoon MP and George Galloway MP.

If you’re tuning in, you can join the simultanous online Twitter debate here at #bbcqt, or the LDV debate in the thread below. Meanwhile Lib Dem blogger Mark Thompson will be liveblogging events via CoverItLive at his own blog.

Finally, if you want to be amongst the first to hear the Norwich North by-election result, then make sure you follow Nich Starling on Twitter.

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12 Comments

  • Erlend Watson 23rd Jul '09 - 10:41am

    Not sure if it has been told elsewhere here but reading

    “Finally, if you want to be amongst the first to hear the Norwich North by-election result, then make sure you follow Nich Starling on Twitter.”

    The count is on Friday.

    Erlend

  • Shirley Williams?

    Gosh ! She doesn’t get invited on very often does she ……….

  • Tom Papworth 23rd Jul '09 - 12:51pm

    George Galloway?

    Can they reach that low in the barrel?

  • Shirley! I love it when she’s on! Shirley Williams is always fresh, clear, and informative! I think QT should make her a permanent panelist (… that is, if they haven’t already!). I hope BBC QT gives her a cut — she deserves a stipend of some kind for making the show so interesting all these years!

  • “George Galloway?
    Can they reach that low in the barrel?”

    With no apparent irony BBC2 is screening “The Death of Respect” at the same time 🙂

  • Trevor Williams 24th Jul '09 - 9:16am

    A few weeks ago, QT was switched to 9.30 and the crowd were in uproar over expenses. Quite the best QT in a long time. Since then it’s been sent back to 10.40, the panel has the usual ‘padding’ (a clearly drugged-up Jarvis Cocker and last night a rambling Clive James), and a special ‘kids’ edition..
    I especially enjoy the Ceefax 155 split screen with viewers texting in comments which illustrate how totally out of touch MPs are with the general populace.
    Last night (last in series) and unexplained ‘glitch’ occured where, for lengthy periods, these comments could not be displayed. Hmm.

  • Mike Falchikov 24th Jul '09 - 10:09pm

    Actually, I thought Clive James was rather good. OK, I can see why people who can only take the “instant soundbite” might find him rambling and tedious, but if you actually listened to what he had to say it
    was serious and quite liberal in tone (I seem to recall him indicating some support for the old LIberal Party many years ago) His comments about the “dangerous populism” of the press were very apposite and chimed in well with what Shirley was saying about the danger of damning all politicians equally.

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