Tonight’s Question Time is going to be worth watching!

Sal has been brilliant on Question Time every time she’s been on. Just after she became President, she was on with the annoying David Starkey. Then earlier this year, she took UKIP to task for their horribly racist broadcast about Turkey.

Tonight’s programme should be brilliant with Sal and Hislop having a good go at Falconer and Galloway.

There have been many times when there have been no Lib Dems on the panel in a week when there is a unique Lib Dem perspective on an issue. Thankfully, this is not one of them.

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

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  • Thanks Caron! I’ve struggled to watch QT recently – this will likely make a very welcome change.

  • Chris Bertram 7th Jul '16 - 12:07pm

    Hope she can make mincemeat of the odious Galloway, the man who is to community relations what Julian Clary is to powerlifting.

  • Only 1 out of the 5 is actually an elected representative in a national parliament or assembly. So much for taking back control from the unelected!

  • Chris Bertram 7th Jul '16 - 3:41pm

    @ Al – this is a topical debate show, not a legislative chamber, and no laws will be passed. Don’t take it too seriously.

  • Rightsaidfredfan 7th Jul '16 - 4:27pm


    UKIPs broadcast was not racist, they wouldn’t be allowed to broadcast it if it was. It’s not fair to simply accuse points of view that you disagree with as being racist. UKIP are not a racist party, and unless we have a Brexit PM they will be the only party to represent the, majority, we the 52%

  • Denis Loretto 7th Jul '16 - 8:24pm

    @Chris Bertram
    I warmed slightly (very slightly) to George Galloway when he came up on Daily Politics today with this analogy for the Labour Party MPs who still say post Chilcot that they would vote the same way on the Iraq war even if they knew all that has happened since. Galloway said they were like the Japanese soldiers emerging from the jungle and swearing continued allegiance to the emperor!

  • Lewis Buchan 7th Jul '16 - 10:43pm

    So you think it is time for the Liberal Democrats to appear on a panel? Considering the Liberal Democrats only has 8 MPs, I think they are on more often than they deserve.

    Remember the SNP is the third largest political party in the UK in terms of number of MPs and number of party members.

  • Eddie Sammon 7th Jul '16 - 11:26pm

    This Tory officer chap is doing well. Sal is doing well too, but I felt Dimbleby was ignoring her a bit.

    I don’t agree with George Galloway. We shouldn’t give Putin a veto on our foreign policy and that is a fundamental flaw of the UN security council. We need clearer international law on these things.

  • Matt (Bristol) 7th Jul '16 - 11:41pm

    Agree Sal Brinton is getting little air. During the discussion over opposition to the Iraq war, one was briefly left with the impression that George Galloway was a lone voice against it, until Kennedy was mentioned.

    Cook and Clarke and the many voices on all sides not mentioned — and despite the ‘honourable regret of the Tory ex-office MP, the deep enthusiasm of the IDS-led Tory front bench for the whole project (a huge failure of HM Opposition to ask obvious questions) was skirted around.

    Sal is good, but she seemed to be waiting to be asked, and making longer statements; Ian Hislop for one instead seems to cut through the others to make short, sharp, memorable points.

  • Eddie Sammon 7th Jul '16 - 11:57pm

    Sal finished strong. Dimbleby seems to be getting too big for his boots. Shuts people up too much, probably because he knows he has the job for as long as he wants it.

    It’s easy for us to comment from here, but in general I think it’s so important to get your talking points across and that sometimes means not answering questions properly and talking over others.

    So I agree with Matt (Bristol), interruption is the way it should be done on Question Time. But not too much.

  • Tony Dawson 8th Jul '16 - 7:55am

    Dimbleby is frankly pretty hopeless these days. A mild bully who often seems to miss the point when he intervenes, making you wonder if he is actually following the discussion at all. He has dined out on his dad’s reputation for a lifetime.

    I thought the best bit of this programme was Ian Hislop pointing out the huge damage done by the petulant children who had fronted-up the campaign for this mesmeric marvel of Brexit and then nearly all run for cover immediately after the result as what they had been proposing (and had been endorsed) unravelled into half a dozen different scenarios with no obvious idea of how we are meant to get to any of them.

    Sort of babies leaving mum with the dirty bathwater. 🙁

  • Tony Dawson 8th Jul '16 - 7:59am

    @Denis Loretto

    “they were like the Japanese soldiers emerging from the jungle and swearing continued allegiance to the emperor!”

    Ben Bradshaw was pushing much the same line in an interview yesterday with Andrew Neil who was, for once, almost speechless in response due to the position being put being off the scale of pre-perceived reality.

    Labour’s right are as unelectable as their left at the moment. We live in very dangerous times. Demagogy, anarchy or fascism can come in like an express train when the people as a whole (even for all sorts of different reasons) lose all faith in their ‘democratic’ (sic) process and political ‘leaders’.

  • Richard Underhill 11th Jul '16 - 9:35pm

    Denis Loretto 7th Jul ’16 – 8:24pm The Japanese government now has the numbers to revoke the pacifist clause in their constitution. They do not have nuclear weapons. China does.

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