Yesterday evening, the BBC brought us a Question Time leaders’ special from Sheffield, where those leading Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and Tories were lightly but separately grilled by a studio audience, with host Fiona Bruce fielding the questions. Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon acquitted themselves well. Jo Swinson got a mauling. And alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson again failed to live up to expectations.
We can be sure of this because of the low moaning noise emanating from those out on the right in the hours during and after the broadcast. There can be no surer sign that Bozo The Clown - who looked tired and drawn during his appearance - had come off second best.
The complaints came in thick and fast, but only from one part of the political spectrum, typical being that from Sarah “Vain” Vine, aka Mrs Michael “Oiky” Gove: “This. Audience. Is. A. Total. Labour. Stitch. Up. Well done BBC, you've really outdone yourself this time”. Allison Pearson was on the same page. “I’ve just made a complaint about appalling bias against Boris in tonight’s #bbcqt audience. Call 03700100222. You have to press a few numbers but eventually reach a human. Well worth doing. Grrrrr!” Whine, Madam?
Darren Crimes, er, sorry, Grimes whinged “Question Time is supposed to vet this audience for balance. Where’s the pro-Boris, pro-Brexit voices? Typical BBC”. Tim Shipman, totally unbiased Murdoch minion, harrumphed “Conservative source claims this was the number of interruptions: Corbyn 11 … Sturgeon 15 … Swinson 17 … Johnson 45”.
One source fits all, eh Shippers? Meanwhile, the deeply unpleasant Andrew Pierce of the Daily Mail moaned “We’re there or any Tories or LibDems in the BBC question time audience?” Then came the giveaway, as he was asked which questions he considered unfair: “Didn’t watch it so wouldn’t know. I’m presenting my LBC show”. What a prat.
Iain Dale was also unhappy: “Is there a single Liberal Democrat in this Question Time audience? Seems to be heavily stacked with Corbynistas. God knows what will happen when Boris comes on! So as well as there being no Liberal Democrats, or Leavers in this Question Time audience, there appear to be bugger all Tories there either. I imagine Daniel Blake may make an appearance soon. Kudos to whichever Momentum branch that managed to pack the audience!” And on the subject of Daniel Blake, well.
The Sun’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn was on the case. “Is Kate Rutter, an actress in 'I, Daniel Blake' a @BBCQT audience member? The BBC confirm to me that she is”. Er, so what? How does that disqualify her from questioning our political leaders?
Tom Harwood, replacement teaboy to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, considered that acting made Ms Rutter bang to rights. “She’s been in Corrie too. Very strange for the BBC to have her in the audience of this show”. Why? Because she was in Coronation Street? And then came Robert Colville of the Astroturf CPS to blubber “How come Boris isn’t getting all those questions Corbyn did about exactly how brightly the sun shines out of his fundament?” Snot fair! Waaaaah!
Bozo The Clown failed to live up to the hype once again. That is not the fault of the BBC, but those who put him in 10 Downing Street and his press cheerleaders. End of story.
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