Thursday, July 06, 2006

Coming soon: another live blog of Question Time

Tonight is the special schools' edition of Question Time and I will be doing a live blog of the show, similar to the one I did a couple of months ago.

The panelists on the show tonight include:

David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment and widely seen as the post-Brown (or even instead of Brown) future of the Labour Party. Recently he became the first minister to set up his own blog but I'm not sure if it was for better ministerial accountability or better profiling.

Richard Madeley, television broadcaster, for many the king of daytime television, an idol of many students and the star of umpteen nominees for the most cringeworthy moment ever on television. I wonder if another nominee will pop up tonight.

Sebastian Coe, athlete turned politician turned Olympic bid winner. Coe was an MP for five years but frankly his celebrity status was wasted - any celebrity currently hoping to be a Conservative MP should stop if they think it's going to give them constant media spotlighting.

Don't worry, we'll have the other image up as wellAn extra female muppet who appeared to balance up the numbers a bit betterJulia Goldsworthy, Liberal Democrat number two spokesperson for the Treasury. It's nice to be reminded there are young female Liberal Democrats whose names aren't Sarah Teather. Goldsworthy apparently was runner up on some show called The Games but I have to admit to never having caught it.

Matt Pollard, "the students' choice". For the first time ever Question Time will have an ordinary member of the public on its panel and Pollard, an international relations student at Exeter, won a strong selection for the post. But other than that we so far know very little about him... which is the idea!

Not the most exciting panel at a first glance but it will be interesting to see what an alternative selection criteria throws up. I'm not convinced that one should necessarily always try to get some of the youngest possible politicians - last year the schools edition featured an octogenarian who proved one of the most popular panelists!


Cllr Iain Lindley said...

It will be interesting to see how far Coe's involvement with the Olympics prevents him from putting forward a Conservative point of view.

A soft socialist said...

Well he was up Tony Blair's arse most of the night!

Cllr Iain Lindley said...

In hindsight he was a poor choice. He's politically neutered until 2012.


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