BBC Question Time: open thread

In a week that’s witnessed two seemingly impossible events – a perfect start to the England football team’s World Cup campaign; and the partial political rehabilitation of Gordon Brown – today’s BBC1 Question Time (10.35 pm) will once again attempt to make sense of the last few weeks’ economic turmoil.

In the gold corner will be Julia Goldsworthy, Lib Dem MP for Falmouth and Camborne, and the party’s shadow secretary of state for communities and local government (and, for one week only, inbetween Lembit Opik’s resignation from the Lib Dem shadow cabinet, and last week’s mini-reshuffle, our housing spokeswoman, too). And as St Vince of Cable’s Number 2 at the Treasury while the Lib Dems were constantly warning that the debt-soaked seeds of the economic crisis were being sown we can expect Julia to know her fiscal onions.

For the Government there’s Geoff Hoon, relocated to Transport in Mr Brown’s recent reshuffle; while the Tories are fielding the bright-but-oh-so-dry Dominic Grieve, who succeeded David Davies as their shadow home secretary (but has never managed to replace him). The ‘non-aligned’ panellists this week are Labour-turned-Independent MP Clare Short, and Dragons’ Den entrepreneur James Caan.

So, prepare to sit back and watch the panellists’ duelling of wits; and feel free to prove you’re sharper than any of them in the comments thread below…

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11 Comments

  • The worst kind of knee-jerk socialist demagoguery (such as erecting new trade barriers to protect ‘British jobs’) from the audience is being happily indulged by most of the panel, including the supposed ‘venture capitalist’ James Caan… Ye Gods.

  • Painfully Liberal 16th Oct '08 - 11:26pm

    Julia is doing pretty well but she can’t just talk about copayments as assume that everyone knows what that means. A little explanation would be useful.

    Geoff Hoon is predictably awful, Claire Short is borderline unlistenable.

  • Painfully Liberal 16th Oct '08 - 11:33pm

    Oh. now Geoff Hoon is being unpredictably awful.

  • Anthony Gibson 16th Oct '08 - 11:34pm

    I suspect Geoff Hoon’s just lost any gooodwill he may have built up with his terrorism remark.

  • I was hoping Sesenco would turn up to compliment Ms Goldsworthy on something or other, shame.

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