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Caroline Flint giving long election speeches unhindered and then interrupting and heckling everyone else except Len McCluskey.
McCluskey giving long election speeches apparently for the Old Left or near-Communist party.
Dimbleby doing little to control Flint. Dimbleby only asking "What's your view?" of the carefully selected questioners who were implying government or ministerial chicanery.
A solid Labour party audience, including a hospital doctor who gave his name as Michael Atkinson (of whom I can find no trace on the internet) and who gave a long election address for the Labour party.
It was particularly bad and you described it very well Charm. While I was doing writing this thread on the NHS they were doing the very thing I was writing about. The only time Dimbleby interrupted or cut short a panellist before they had made their view quite clear was when the Ukipper or Tory had started to speak.
A really especially ugly QT, and that's going some for them.
I thought I had seen poor QT with the leftie influence on several occasions, however from Liverpool this about took the biscuit. It reminded me of a similar QT when Nick Griffin was on the panel. It was a witch-hunt and this Thursday was not much better.
I would love to wipe that smirk of Caroline Flint's face.
Another thing that annoyed me (and that was from the Liverpool audience) was when the UKIP lady (forgot her name) said she was for bringing back the death penalty (as I am), she was booed. That should have been stopped. Whether you are for or against capital punishment, this sort of behaviour should have been nipped in the bud. As for Len McCluskey, he should shut up !
Most of the time (not all) try to watch on the red button the comments of some of the viewers. They are on the same wavelength as us. Like Charm, I wonder why I bother to switch on for QT. I still do though, I love a good moan. I'm surprised my TV is still in one piece.
We were irked by the same elements you described. That Flint smirk came as she thought she had put one over on the UKIP woman. It shows her real character perfectly. The good news is the majority of people are not the left wingers like they had in the audience, and this kind of behaviour is more likely to swing any on the fence towards a more down to earth party, and change, than ever before.
Yes, Teddy, good point. The more anti-ukip, leftie element there are voicing their opinions, the more people will be turned towards UKIP.
On the left-wing debate, I didn't realise just how much a socialist paper the Guardian is. Polly Toynbee I think has a column there.
In the other side of the coin, I rather like another lady that is a columnist and has appeared on QT - but am having a senior moment and can't remember her name. She has very short hair and she always gets a hard time. Works for Daily Mail.
I believe you are talking about Melanie Phillips, although she hasn't written for the Mail in a while.
She now writes for the Times, Jewish Chronicle and Jerusalem Post, as well as appearances on various programmes, where as you observed - at least as far as the BBC is concerned, they make sure she gets a hard time. Since she's knowledgeable and speaks the truth, it shows the BBC's relationship to reality.
At present, the BBC is only answerable to itself in deciding its standards and coverage. How does it measure up to what you consider good quality, and impartial and unbiased reporting as required by its charter? All TV viewers in the UK are forced by law to pay for this 'service'. Do you believe that what is received truly 'serves' the society, - or merely increases the problems within it?
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