0 Have your say Is the BBC’s flagship series now a law onto itself – directly accountable to no one, asks Lesley Riddoch. What’s it like to be a leading politician, whose party is flying high in the polls, with a better vote share (pro rata) than the resurgent Brexit Party, still popular after 12 years of government and, according to political scientist Professor Sir John Curtice, the only mainstream party north of the Border unlikely to lose votes or seats at the forthcoming European elections? What’s it like to be doing pretty well by anyone’s standards, yet apparently hated the length and breadth of Scotland? READ MORE: BBC criticised after former MSP appears in Question Time audienceWhat’s it like to work for decades building political success in Scotland, only to discover that, on almost every instalment of the BBC’s Question Time, that country has somehow ceased to exist? Instead you visit Question Time’s … [Read more...] about Lesley Riddoch: has BBC’s Question Time gone rogue?
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BBC's Question Time has come under fire after former Tory MSP Mary Scanlon appeared in the audience. Viewers criticised the programme on social media after SNP’s Stewart McDonald pointed out that Ms Scanlon made an appearance during the show in Elgin, Scotland. The 71-year-old ex-MSP for the Highlands and Islands spoke on the future of the Conservatives and the need for a UK leader that would unite the party and the county. The BBC audience vetting process was questioned by some, with one person writing: "This programme’s efforts to achieve fair audience representation is a total failure." Mr McDonald tweeted: "Why is former Tory MSP Mary Scanlon - 1999 to 2016 - pretending to be an audience punter on #BBCQT?” The BBC said the show "does not bar people from its audience because they have held elected office or are political activists". Responding to Mr McDonald, Conservative MSP Edward Mountain said: "I think, … [Read more...] about Question Time under fire after ex-Tory MSP appears in audience
MORAY Conservatives have condemned Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s "attack" on the local council during BBC political show Question Time, which was broadcast from Elgin last night.Show host Fiona Bruce was in Elgin with a panel including Conservative MP Bim Afolami, leader of the Scottish Labour Party Richard Leonard MSP, deputy first minister and Scottish education secretary John Swinney MSP, Edinburgh Liberal Democrat and work and pensions spokesperson Christine Jardine MP and vice-chair of Amnesty International and Scottish Brexiteer Eilidh Douglas.And social media was abuzz afterwards with comments after former Tory MSP Mary Scanlon appeared in the panel show's audience.Councillor Marc Macrae (Fochabers-Lhanbryde), who was also a member of the audience, said: "There was an audible collective intake of breath when John Swinney blamed the financial problems afflicting Moray Council as the fault of previous administrations which, incidentally, were mainly made up of … [Read more...] about Moray row over Question Time
Question Time viewers were impressed with Conservative MP Bim Afolami in what was his debut appearance on the panel show. Some were even calling for the 33-year-old to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister. One watcher of the BBC show said that he seemed a much better option than the likes of Boris Johnson or Michael Gove. Jeremy Kyle, the Brexit party, Scottish independence, Tory leadership and greenhouse gas emissions were the topics of conversation. The show, which is hosted by Fiona Bruce, was this week recorded in Scottish town Elgin. As well as Bim, the panel was made up with Richard Leonard, John Swinney, Christine Jardine and Eilidh Douglas. Bim is a former lawyer and banker that was was elected in 2017, he is a Conservative MP for Hitchen and Harpenden. Before becoming an MP, Richard worked as a union official but he is now the leader of the Scottish Labour Party. The 57-year-old is also a member of the Scottish parliament (MSP) for Central Scotland. John is the deputy first … [Read more...] about ‘Bim Afolami for PM’ Question Time debutant impresses viewers
THE five panellists appearing at Elgin Town Hall for tonight's edition of BBC's flagship political programme Question Time.They are:Deputy First Minister John Swinney of the SNP,The Conservative MP for Bif Afolami who represents Hitchin and Harpenden,The new Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard,Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine of the Lib Dems,Lawyer Eilidh Douglas, who is a vice chair of Amnesty UK and also a supporter of Brexit. … [Read more...] about Question Time panel announced