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I knew that Corbyn would be the main discussion on the return of QT.
It also goes without saying (with the exception of a couple of young men in the audience) that most welcome open door immigration. Mind you, coming from Wembley you would expect this as it has a very high immigrant population.
When I was growing up in Ealing, West London, if you lived in Wembley, you were considered a bit "upper crust" - boy how that has changed !
I can't remember the bloke on the panels name, but he is Corbyn's right hand man. Of course he denied reports in the papers that he was an IRA sympathiser, hated Margaret Thatcher and had links with terrorist groups. He must think we are a wine glass short of a party.
Also commenting on Corbyn not singing the National Anthem, he added insult to injury by saying Corbyn was remembering those WW2 years, and that's why he was not singing. Oh please, don't insult our intelligence. So disrespectful of people who laid down their lives for this country.
My final rant is about that pondwitch Sandie Totchvieg (sorry can't spell her name). First of all she said that some of the asylum seekers coming here would have doctors, dentists etc in their midst. I don't think so !! Her final insult was saying we should have another National Anthem song. Bloody cheek of the woman. I can't stand her and all she stands for in women.
As far as locations for Question Time, it's no coincidence that most of them are from Labour wards. If you look at the next 14 episodes of them, you will see 12 out of 14 will be. It's how the BBC justifies the mindset of their audience. Insulting intelligence?
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2015 16:31:46 GMT by Teddy Bear
Conservative voters, when 'Any Questions' comes from a school hall near you, get your coat on and go - the BBC audience could do with the balance
By Allison Pearson Did you listen to Radio 4’s Any Questions on Friday from Impington Village College, outside Cambridge?
If you did, it will have been clear from the audience’s reaction that the UK has very much welcomed the new and strikingly sane Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
You will also have gleaned that the British people are in favour of taking as many refugees as we can possibly squeeze in (“Room for one more, Bert, on Salisbury Plain?”).
To borrow from the great Victoria Wood: 'We had a tough group in last night – Lesbians Against Laughing' Meanwhile, our poor nation is struggling under the yoke of a wildly unpopular Tory government, whose determination to balance the books is both cruel and unnecessary.
If you were tuned in to AQ, above the operatic sighs and jeers of the audience, you may just have made out the voices of two of the four panellists – both women – who tried to claim that Corbyn was a disaster for his party and the country, and would wreck the economy. I mean, really! Where on earth did the silly bints get that idea from?
The women were so consistently shouted down that, halfway through the recording, one of them felt like yelling: “I’m a Conservative… get me out of here!” I know that for a fact because, dear reader, I was that beleaguered Corbyn-denier.
The other panellists were Therese Coffey, Tory MP, all-round good egg and Deputy Leader of the Commons; the outspoken Labour spin doctor John McTernan; and Labour MP Seema Malhotra, who voted for Yvette Cooper but has lately taken the poisoned chalice and joined Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.
It should have been fun. I soon realised with a sinking heart, however, that the audience in the school hall was outrageously biased.
Therese and I – representing the centre and the right respectively – barely had an ally. To make matters worse, I had dragged Himself away from the Rugby World Cup to give me moral support.
He was the sole, grouchy island in “a sea of tut-tutting”. At one point, Malhotra gave a particularly evasive answer about how long Corbyn could last, and Himself began to laugh.
Alas, his purse-lipped neighbours did not see the funny side. To borrow from the great Victoria Wood: “We had a tough group in last night – Lesbians Against Laughing.”
How could it be, when almost all of Cambridgeshire and, indeed, East Anglia, is true blue that the Any Questions audience appeared to be composed mainly of Corbyn fans?
Seema Malhotra (PA) Why was Seema Malhotra, who confined herself to feelgood platitudes, cheered while Therese and I, who were making points with which the majority of Britons agree, felt like Myra Hindley at a Nativity play?
I don’t blame Malhotra. It must be hard to say what Labour policy is when it could have changed in the time it took her to take a sip of water.
After a lousy first week, Corbyn had adopted the Groucho Marx position: “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
I do blame the BBC, which has to take some responsibility for broadcasting a current affairs programme which gives such an erroneous snapshot of the national mood.
After the recording, the show’s excellent host, Jonathan Dimbleby, sighed heavily and told me it was a constant problem. He and the whole AQ team found it immensely frustrating that Tories simply did not show up on the night to add their voices. The producer said it would cost £5,000 a week to pay someone to assemble a politically balanced audience. After a lousy first week, Corbyn had adopted the Groucho Marx position: “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them? well, I have others.”
No doubt, there is something about the temperament of the Left that makes its foot soldiers more likely to show up and shout their grievances while the conservative, with a small or a large c, stay home and watch Location, Location.
Dimbleby himself wrote eloquently this week about the problem of censorship and an increasingly nasty, vengeful tone to public discourse: “There is a growing number of people who believe that you should be able to say what you like, but only so long as they agree with you,” he said.
You know, what shocked me most about Any Questions? Me. Faced with all that loathing, I started to think that perhaps I should suppress my own beliefs and say something that would chime better with the self-righteous fans of Citizen Corbyn.
But no, that way madness – and tyranny – lies. When I got home, I found a new opinion poll that said that 75 per cent of the British people did not trust Jeremy Corbyn with the economy. (The other 25 per cent were in the Any Questions audience.) Exactly what Therese Coffey and I had been jeered for saying.
The BBC needs to take action so that its current affairs output better reflects the views of all of the people who pay its licence fee. Meanwhile, if you see an advert for an Any Questions happening near you, please get your coat on and go. There’s a beleaguered Corbyn-denier who badly needs your help.
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