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End of an era - Question Time 
Post: #1   PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:56 pm Reply with quote
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Well that was it - after 25 years David Dimbleby bows out of Question Time!

A nice gesture by the audience at the end which I think he appreciated and
I for one will miss him chairing the programme. A great achievement covering
some of our countries most interesting times and some good memories!

Cheers

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Post: #2   PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:40 am Reply with quote
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Agreed! It is not every question master who gets a standing ovation! I await eagerly to see how the lady taking his place copes.

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Post: #3   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:42 am Reply with quote
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Back in the 1980's I attended several recordings of the programme when Robin Day was in the chair - he was such a gentle, unassuming soul !

Across the years there have been many lively panel and audience discussions - but I don't think anyone was harmed in the process.

I don't know but doubt that there are Question Time equivalent programmes being aired in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar or Turkey. Just goes to show how much we take for granted the ability to freely express our opinions in the presence of those who rule over us.
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:53 am Reply with quote
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nikcnet wrote:
I don't know but doubt that there are Question Time equivalent programmes being aired in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar or Turkey. Just goes to show how much we take for granted the ability to freely express our opinions in the presence of those who rule over us.


Absolutely. Yet in my experience there’s no shortage of people in forums who will eagerly leap to the defence of those nation’s leaders, whilst happily posting contemptuous comments about the West, where we take robustly criticising politicians and the like as a fundamental right. Confused

I would have added Russia. A country which under Putin has advanced the cause of lying literally on an industrial scale.

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Post: #5   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:02 am Reply with quote
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Do any of those politicians ever answer the question , put to them?

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Post: #6   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:25 am Reply with quote
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Blossom wrote:
Do any of those politicians ever answer the question , put to them?


A good question.

Depends what you mean by “answer”. Very Happy Wink

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Post: #7   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:15 am Reply with quote
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Mr Tibbs wrote:
Blossom wrote:
Do any of those politicians ever answer the question , put to them?


A good question.

Depends what you mean by “answer”. Very Happy Wink


They Bypass them. Wink

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Post: #8   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:09 am Reply with quote
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Mr Tibbs wrote:
nikcnet wrote:
I don't know but doubt that there are Question Time equivalent programmes being aired in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar or Turkey. Just goes to show how much we take for granted the ability to freely express our opinions in the presence of those who rule over us.


Absolutely. Yet in my experience there’s no shortage of people in forums who will eagerly leap to the defence of those nation’s leaders, whilst happily posting contemptuous comments about the West, where we take robustly criticising politicians and the like as a fundamental right. Confused

I would have added Russia. A country which under Putin has advanced the cause of lying literally on an industrial scale.


Russia most certainly should be included - totally agree. There seems to be a developing body of credible evidence suggesting their cyber warfare strategy aimed at the West is underscored by a terminal hostility to any criticism of Putin and his regime.

Blossom makes a fair point about politicians not answering questions. In his final episode of Question Time, David Dimbleby seemed to be homing in on panellists more so than usual to get them to answer.
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Post: #9   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:45 am Reply with quote
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Blossom wrote:
Do any of those politicians ever answer the question , put to them?


I was listening to Ken Bruce on BBC R2 the other week when Fiona Bruce was announced as the replacement.
The 'banter' was that it was actually going to be him doing QT
His instant response was that when he asked questions (Pop master) the guests did their best to give the correct answer!!!

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Post: #10   PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:47 am Reply with quote
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Steve - SJD wrote:
Well that was it - after 25 years David Dimbleby bows out of Question Time!

A nice gesture by the audience at the end which I think he appreciated and
I for one will miss him chairing the programme. A great achievement covering
some of our countries most interesting times and some good memories!

Cheers

Steve


There's a nice clip on Youtube where Dimbleby makes a joke at JRM about Eton and JRM shoots him straight down by highlighting that he was indeed at Eton and that he was there with Dimbleby's son...
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Post: #11   PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:14 am Reply with quote
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Well I thought I would give it a few weeks to see how Fiona Bruce settled in
to the new the new role.

Overall whilst I think she is doing ok I think she interupts too much, lets
guests ramble on and adds too much of her own dialogue. It might change
as she gets more into the role or it may be just her style??

What do you think??

Cheers

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Post: #12   PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:16 am Reply with quote
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Not liking the programme half as much with Fiona Bruce.as you said Steve,her constant interruptions are really annoying.sarcastic comments on behalf of what she sees as an audience agreeing with her own feelings,often to get laughs,is ruining the debates.she has already had to apologise about the wrong information she voiced 're the opinion polls when Diane Abbott was on the programme.it maybe me,but she does not appear as neutral as previous presenters.
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I think she's terrible, not least for what lamby said! Cool

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i thought the same as woodrow why. i voted to leave.
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Post: #15   PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:45 am Reply with quote
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Yep - still not liking Fiona Bruce in the chair!

It's no longer free flowing, she still interrupts too much, she struggles to
control the guests, asks too many of her own questions and mumbles.

Poor to watch last night!

Other than the above she's a great replacement Rolling Eyes

Cheers

Disgruntled from Yorkshire Wink
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Post: #16   PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:48 am Reply with quote
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Now that was a pantomime show last night! Most of the stuff being spouted was utter tripe and drivel. The hypocrisy was unbelievable. They all love the sound of their own voices, continually talk over the other panellists and never answer a direct question. Highlighted exactly why we are in this mess and why we stay in a mess. Shameful display, but they have no shame. Pathetic and everyone I know feels the same about our politicians, regardless of remain or leave opinions.
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Post: #17   PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:23 pm Reply with quote
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FB has ruined what was once a great programme if you were in to politics.still trying to muster laughs and cheers from the audience which is so annoying.get Paxman in NOW, he will get this back on track.
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Post: #18   PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:41 pm Reply with quote
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mick turner wrote:
Now that was a pantomime show last night! Most of the stuff being spouted was utter tripe and drivel. The hypocrisy was unbelievable.


Yes - as I understood it Thornberry - as Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary - said that if her party negotiates a deal - "with Jobs and the economy at the forefront" - then puts that to the electorate, with Remain as the other choice, she would campaign for Remain. Confused

Apparently, given that approach, going into such negotiations with the EU puts the UK in a far stronger position than the current one.

Barnier - "Well, here's the deal. We're going to offer you a really cr@p one. OK? Good luck with the referendum."

Nothing could better demonstrate what an an ambivalent sham Labour's Brexit policy is and always has been.
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Post: #19   PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:34 am Reply with quote
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Last night's QT was shambolic to say the least, a class of 4th formers could have done better. Most of the comments couldn't be heard because other panel members constantly interrupted each other or engaged in arguments with each other as if there were no audience. No, Fiona Bruce didn't do a good job in controlling things, she just added to the interruptions. And who could have believed that four of the five panellists were MP's, it was a disgraceful show on all their parts.

Perhaps the comment of Kwasi Kwarteng, when Emily Thornberry mentioned the MP's that were sacked earlier in the week and asked how Nicholas Soames',"Churchill's grandson, could have been sacked by Johnson" Kwarteng's comment was: "what difference does (who he is) make to anything" was missed by most amid all the shouting. I found that comment from an MP extremely distasteful. But maybe we are getting too used to thinking so many things are not important and accepting what shouldn't be happening without question, especially in terms of recent events.

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