BBC Question Time

Blogger Iain Dale tells us that 22 Labour ministers were too scared to turn up on BBC Question Time. As it goes, the show tonight was quite interesting. And not a blanked ████, ████, or ████ ████ at all in sight.

On expenses, the same old story has moved on with the on-line publication of expenses with most detailed “redacted”. Of course the lines were – it’s not our fault, it’s the system. Fair play to Liberal Democrat Ed Davey on showing signs of openness. I am not sure Esther Rantzen, coming across as a member of the “Bleeding Obvious Party”, will not go through the streets of Luton being welcomed by all if she maintains her matronly attitude.

Ken Clarke attempted to dig himself and his party out of the problems with leaving the EPP-ED. The problem with the European Parliament is the fixed number of parties and people needed to form a valid group. David Cameron’s Conservatives are going to have to sit with some extreme and prejudiced people from the East. He will learn to regret his desire not to sit among the more credible Christian Democrats.

Gordon Brown’s decision to blather “10 per cent!” every response was rightly given the thumbs down. We are a nation in serious debt, almost entirely because of Gordon Brown’s personal mistakes and mishandling of our finances. Of course this nation is going to have to cut back on spending, either that or higher taxes. Some honesty, as ever, will be welcomed.

Question Time remains somewhat outdated – suggesting Ceefax rather than Twitter, for example. But the topics remain as up to date and relevant as ever. What a pity that our Labour Cabinet (those cowardly █████) could not be bothered to answer to anyone.