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BBC Question Time's most biased panel yet?

By Matthew Barrett
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QTJ30 I know many, perhaps most, readers will have given up on BBC One's Question Time, but I must still note last night's episode. It was extra-ordinarily slanted towards the left. 

Consider the composition of the panel:

  • Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers
  • Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist and arch-crowd-pleasing leftie
  • John Denham, Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Richard Lambert, former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry
  • Philip Hammond, Conservative MP and Secretary of State for Transport

So, on a day of public sector strikes, the BBC book three lefties, a politically unaffiliated (as far as I'm aware) business leader, and a Conservative. Really balanced. Really likely to lead to proper debate. 

I can only agree with Andrew Griffiths, the MP for Burton, who tweeted:

"Complete left wing bias on QT. Labour Minister, Union Leader and leftie Polly Toynbee. Where is the balance? BBC should be ashamed. #bbcqt"


"How on earth can the BBC justify such a left wing love in on Question Time? They should be ashamed."

11.15 Update: See video of John Denham being booed below: