Friday, 28 May 2010

An Appalling Question Time

I have to admit that I avoid watching the spectacle of farce and bias that has become the BBC's Question Time, but last night I joined David Vance and the crew from Biased BBC to watch the programme and comment on Live Chat.

Probably the worse edition of the programme I have seen. 

The programme kicked off by Dimbers saying that the new coalition government refused to place one of their ministers there unless they removed the failed spin doctor and yesterday's man, Alistair Campbell from the panel and replace him with a shadow minister.

Gavin Allen, the executive editor of Question Time said:

It is for Question Time, not political parties, to make judgements about impartiality and to determine who is invited to appear in the interests of the audience.

The remaining 59 minutes of the programme quickly nosedived into an orgy of Tory bashing, coalition critique and pro Labour propaganda, apart from one minor distraction of Piers Moron blaming Campbell for Iraq and asking him to apologise, which he naturally refused (for fear of opening a can of fake dossier worms).  Amusingly, someone in the audience at that moment jeered: "Dr Kelly". 

John Redwood initially took a surprisingly aggressive stance against Campbell throwing in plenty of blame for the mess we're in down to "Campbell's government".  Unfortunately, an audience packed with liberals clapping enthusiastically like seals whenever Campbell had finished his diatribes and the constant interruptions from Dimbers quickly quenched any semblance of a Tory viewpoint.

This is interesting in the fact that maybe, perhaps the new coalition have started to make a stand against the creep of "progressive" liberal bias that has infested the once great BBC.  Evidence of their complete lack of political impartiality is becoming more public and their ludicrous stance of "the science is settled within the BBC" and their zealous defence of anything regarding the eco-lunacy of the global warming bollocks and windmills variety is frankly staggering.

Could we be seeing the first battle lines being drawn between the new coalition government and the BBC?  Certainly, the BBC's anti-Tory rhetoric is growing stronger.  Do they sense their vast empire may be in danger as the new coalition starts to hack away at the gluttonous tentacles of the public sector?  Maybe.

You can all help with that process yourselves by cancelling your TV licences.  It's very easy to do.  Here's the number: 0844 800 6705.  Just say you want to cancel your licence, they don't ask you why and if they do, just say you don't watch any more telly.

More info here.


  1. About bloody time!

  2. The Tories made a mistake by not putting a minister up. But Redwood was pretty good - and his concise answers and clear logic were better than the usual standard of Tory waffler (eg Theresa May).

    It's pretty obvious that the three main parties are going to be represented each QT - current coalition notwithstanding. But the makeweights are almost always 'progressive' left, even if they are not self declared LibLab supporters.

    I haven't the time or the inclination to watch old QTs and tabulate who the extras were - but it could be heavy ammunition for anyone who wants to try to demonstrate institutional bias in BBC News/Current Affairs output.

  3. The BBC seemed more interested in creating confrontation than giving us a debate about current politics.
    Mad Al was hoisted by his own petard as usual. Claiming that he only found out about the Tory boycot as the show was going live yet managed to produce a framed photo of Law's at the end. Did an insider pass him the photo under the table ?
    As usual the BBC ( terrified of mad Al and his cronies since WMD gate ) let him puff and preen and get away with it. The only good point is that the Tories are fighting back against the biasedBBC. Scrapping the tv tax can't be far away. Let the beeb talk bollox amongst their coke sniffing £200K a year friends. But don't make us pay for it.

  4. What cheek of Gavin Allen. It may be the BBC's decision who they choose to put on the panel, but it is our, the public and licence-payers', decision to make a judgment about their impartiality. And it's not difficult to do that.

  5. Turned it off after 10 minutes. Campbell and Morgan sharing the same platform was petty much as low as you can get, even for the BBC.Criminal cu**s the pair of them

  6. rinky stingpiece5 June 2010 at 00:16

    The Tories should completely boycott QT; and Sky or ITV should start a rival show.

    Yes, stop paying the licence.

    I stopped ages ago, and life is content and busy; there's a surprising amount of other things you can do (and stuff to watch online for free).

    New Zealand ended their Licence fee with a mass boycott that spread virally. It HAS TO HAPPEN HERE!!! The BBC *HAS* to be brought down - it's distorting the market for news and entertainment; and it's distorting the market for ideas and polluting public discourse.

    Axe the BBC! Sell it off... most of the good stuff is from HBO or funded by the OU anyway...