Chuka on Question Time – open thread

Chuka Umunna is about to be on Question Time.

I should be going to bed, but I can’t resist staying up and watching.

Who’s with me?Chuka’s first intervention came to the first question, about the Labour manifesto. He talked about how Brexit would make it impossible for Labour to implement what it promised – especially as it would be tougher for people to come here to build the houses it said it wants.


A woman in the audience tried to make out it would be fine – but surely people in EU countries will head for other EU countries and ignore us – especially if we are going to extend the hostile environment to them.

Well this is getting a bit animated.

The second question was about the dreadful incident during the leaders’ debate when Conservative head office press account Twitter pretended to be a fact checking organisation.

This led to a brilliant intervention by a woman wearing a niqab. She talked about how she had a degree in English and was a teacher and how horrendous it was to have the Prime Minister talk about women like her in horrendously racist terms.

Tory minister Robert Jenrick tried to dismiss this and Chuka just went for him – “you can’t seriously be defending this.” he said.

The most amusing thing was Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon showcase his talent for digging while in a hole. He was the one who famously talked about how the polls showed Labour losing in 2017 – for Kay Burley to point out that Labour did in fact lose. The example he gave tonight about politicians misleading politicians was about the dodgy dossier.

The third question was about whether the Royal Family needed to be re-evaluated in the light of the scandal engulfing Prince Andrew. Chuka said that we don’t need to change the institution but talked about Prince Andrew’s behaviour as being disgraceful and how unfathomable it was for him to have gone and stayed with Epstein after his conviction.

The last question was about fire safety in the wake of Grenfell and the fire in Bolton at the weekend. Chuka slammed the lack of action by the government, citing a Conservative housing minister who refused to order the cladding in the Bolton fire to be removed.

For once Question Time was actually watchable. Chuka seems very much at home as a Liberal Democrat.


* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 21st Nov '19 - 11:48pm

    @Ruth – I’m going to bed…..

  • Brexitcast is over-rated. I actually quite like all of them individually as reporters, so it should be good, but the unfunny in-jokes and constant talking over each other make it hard to watch.
    Chuka was OK tonight, but my main take-away from QT was what a nasty person Richard Burgon seems to be. I’ve never rated him as a politician, but he just seemed nasty tonight. Not a good look.

  • John Marriott 22nd Nov '19 - 9:02am

    And what about the look on Burgos’s face when he realised that the quite ordinary guy in the audience was earning over £80,000 a year? Talking of ‘Burgon bingo’, try counting up the number of times that Barry Gardiner or Rebecca Long-Bailey use the phrase ‘let me make it perfectly clear’. As for going to bed. I tend to watch Newsnight live, while recording Question Time and watch it over an early copper the following morning.

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