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Beans and David Dimbleby

News & CommentPosted by El Grande de JB de Forth Fri, January 23, 2009 12:19:07

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I have baked beans a couple of times per year. If asked why I don't have more, it's simple: I don't like them. If then asked why do I have them at all, the answer is: to remind me of how much I don't like them.

So it was with Question Time on BBC1 last night. It's been quite a momentous week, and being keen to see what opinions there are about the week's events I sat and watched Question Time. Dimbleby was not just on form, he demonstrated all the signs of a man at the very top of his powers.

Throughout the programme, Dimbleby subjected both Dr. Liam Fox and Caroline Flint to a ceaseless barrage of nagging, pointless interruptions. These culminated in an unseemly barracking of Caroline Flint to the point where as a result of his interfering nagging, she was unable to answer the question. He then accused her of filibustering!

Let me take a stab at describing what I think Mr. Dimbleby's role should be:

1. Invite a question from the audience.
2. Put the question to each member of the panel in turn.
3. Try to ensure that each member at least makes an attempt to answer the question.
4. Ensure that any points raised by a panel member can be countered by other panel members wishing to comment.

Is this too difficult for Dimbleby? Please Mr. Director General, get rid of this insufferably silly man and give us a Chairman worthy of the programme.


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