Caroline Voaden MEP on Question Time tonight

There are no MPs on the Question Time panel tonight – a function of it taking place in South Shields when there were votes taking place eon the Queen’s Speech at 5pm.

Good news for us, though. Not only are we on, but one of our new brilliant MEPs is representing us.

Caroline Voaden will be flying the Lib Dem flag tonight at 10:35 on BBC1.

Here’s the rest of the panel:

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard is in an impossible position. Scottish Labour doesn’t want independence, yet John McDonnell said on a visit to Edinburgh this Summer that Labour would allow a second referendum. On the two massive constitutional issues of our time, Labour seems to be flailing about searching for a clue.

It is fantastic to actually have a pro EU MEP on. Not sure I can remember when that happened before.

Good luck to Caroline!

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  • Paul Barker 24th Oct '19 - 9:11pm

    The Xmas Election seems to be off, thankfully.
    Any ideas on where we go next ?

  • Tony Greaves 24th Oct '19 - 9:27pm

    Santa’s Grotto?

  • Chris Bertram 24th Oct '19 - 9:33pm

    Loach is an old-style lefty. No idea where he stands on Brexit, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if he were a Lexiteer.

  • As a matter of fact : “Ken Loach warns of Brexit’s damage to filmmaking | News … › features › 5143479.article
    4 Oct 2019 – The UK release date for Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You falls portentously on November 1 – that’s to say the day after Brexit (if it happens).”

    If he’s an old fashioned lefty, then good for him. His film ‘I Daniel Blake’ ought to be compulsory viewing for every Lib Dem when they reflect on the cruelty of Universal Credit.

    .I, DANIEL BLAKE Trailer | New Release 2017 – YouTube › watch
    Video for i daniel blake trailer▶ 2:25
    23 May 2017 – Uploaded by TIFF Trailers
    British master Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at Cannes for this timely drama.

  • Sorry but that first answer by Caroline was pretty awful. I thought the party’s press office briefed our people before they went on these programmes, gave them an idea of the line to take?? The question about the election was one of the most obvious ones ever to predict. She is asked and says – after a nervy pause – “That’s above my pay grade. You’ll have to ask Jo Swinson.” Groans from the audience – quite rightly I’m afraid. People see LibDems dithering again. 🙁

  • John Marriott 25th Oct '19 - 9:59am

    I agree with Ross McLean. She wasn’t brilliant. The question that Lord Lamont posed about the Lib Dems wanting a referendum back in the noughties was not answered. Nick Clegg did indeed suggest an In/Out referendum back then.

    What gets me every time is how people living in parts of the country most vulnerable to Brexit seem unable to see a connection between their voting Leave and the chances of firms and business moving away. I’m also fed up with the mantra “We voted Out”. Who are “we”? Answer: around 38% of the voting population. Since when was that a majority?

  • Richard Underhill 25th Oct '19 - 10:07am

    Audience reaction was generally fearful. Risk to jobs in the supply chain estimated at 30,000 if Nissan closes. The obvious reaction could be Do Not Let This Happen, but most were sticking to the decision they took in 2016.

  • We have moved past rationality for a large section of the population, they just want Brexit at any cost either because they want it to end or they want to declare ” I have my Brexit, what a winner am I”.

    The problem is getting Brexit done moves onto the next stage of Brexit talks, so the “Get Brexit Done” voters will be surprised and disappointed,. unless they can delude themselves Brexit has ended ( a difficult task but not impossible if you try really hard to ignore reality, and many can). The we won cohort will run round for awhile chanting ” We won” without actually knowing what they won. As difficulties pile up while at the moment many say ” Any price is worth it” when they start paying the price they will scream and scream until they are sick. For the truth about any price is they don’t expect to be the ones who will pay it.

    Those in jobs expect to remain in jobs. Those with pensions reliant on state services, expect the pensions to be paid and the services to remain. Those in straited circumstances expect at worst their situation to remain the same, at best it will get better. Of cause the reality with an aging population and an economy going backward, many with jobs will no longer have jobs, many reliant on pensions and services will have less of both and those who thought their lives couldn’t get worse will find they do.

    The one positive of Brexit is it brings reality crashing into peoples lives, the sad thing is many are ill equipped to deal with it, as it differs so radically from the image pushed by our media and politicians. They will find ” We really are not special” and ” the World does not love us”, that reality unfortunately will lead to the early demise of many of them and many of those that didn’t believe that too.

  • nigel hunter 25th Oct '19 - 2:10pm

    Does the press office brief people before they go on? She was weak in replies giving the audience a feeling that we are pathetic.Whoever goes onto the programme at any opportunity should sell our policies. We could have pushed our education policy. WE HAVE TO TRY HARDER
    The audience did ,to me, have little idea what Brexit will mean to their futures. :oud at the start on Brexit,then calmed down. 1980s with the loss of mines was ‘before their time’ so had no idea what happened They have now the car industry with no thoughts of the past turmoil. They have to come to realise what Brexit will mean to the area if Brexit happens.

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