About that Question Time audience…

1st May, 2015 8:05 am

We already know that the Tories co-ordinated tweets in advance last night.  But strangely, this tweet appeared, but was promptly deleted (image via Jeremy Cliffe):

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However this tweet still exists:

Elena – whose Twitter bio is “Cats, Conservatives & Chelsea FC” was one of the people who asked Miliband a rather aggressive question last night. You’d have thought the BBC might have filtered out party supporters and activists from the audience. That’s a recipe for planted questions, like, maybe…accusing Miliband of having overspent and asking how he could be trusted again?

Update: Even more awkwardly – she referred to the Tories as “we” in her question…

Prokopiou appears to have made her Twitter account private now for some reason…but beforehand, this was screen grabbed. She really likes Jeremy Hunt.

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But what can the BBC do about people who declared that they were undecided voters?

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Well according to the Telegraph, Catherine Shuttleworth – the owner of a marketing business who memorably harangued Ed Miliband about how difficult times were for Tesco and told him to sack Ed Balls – “applied to join the Question Time audience as an undecided voter”. 

Ok…no issue there…except the Telegraph also says that she “gave a thumbs-up to George Osborne in the spin room”.

(Update: An audience member not only in the spin room but also doing broadcast media afterwards.)

Probably just excited to see a politician she knows from TV…maybe? This made us think again about Ms Shuttleworth, so we looked into her. She’s successful so it wasn’t too hard to find details about her, or her company “Savvy”. It didn’t take us long to find a profile in the Yorkshire Post, which contained this line:

“After doing some consultancy, she had the opportunity to pitch for the Asda business. She won it and set up Savvy as a result. Three people made up the business, including Ms Shuttleworth and Ms Skelton, plus company secretary Andrew Jones, who is now MP for Harrogate.”

So this would-be Miliband interrogator is just the sort of ordinary undecided voter who gives George Osborne a thumbs up in the spin room, and set up her a business with a Tory MP. Oh – and she signed the Tories much mocked “small business letter” too – number 3882 – which the Telegraph forgot to mention when they wrote up a piece on her attacking Miliband. So much for undecided.

Busted…

Update: Here are couple of this “undecided” person’s most recent retweets (from well before Question Time):

Update: A source in Labour HQ tells us that “There’s quite a lot of anger that the BBC could let this happen” and that they’re particuarly annoyed that “Cameron has dodged the face to face debate – and now this has happened”

Update: Full scale spin operation in place – Shuttleworth has told the Standard that she’s “not at all a Tory plant”, told the Mail that she’s “not a Tory at all” and had a similar message for the Guardian.

Shuttleworth signed (and tweeted about) the Tory business letter which called for another Tory government well before going on the show, which said “We would like to see David Cameron and George Osborne given the chance to finish what they have started. A change now would be far too risky and would undo all the good work of the last five years.” She says she’s undecided, but we think the facts speak for themselves.

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  • Monkey_Bach

    Take the rough with the smooth and don’t do a Nigel Farage. In a “balanced” audience there’s bound to be a few from the more extreme and silly ends of the spectrum. Elena Prokopiou sounds as if she needs a boyfriend, girlfriend, or possibly an invitation to an Ann Summers party poor thing.

    Eeek.

    • Hugh

      Still, how hard is it to ask “Are you a member of a political party?” I think Labour can be rightly annoyed if that wasn’t asked.

      The BBC should start taking this seriously. It can start by being transparent about audience make-ups; there’s no justification whatsoever for failing to publish the audience make up and the detailed explanation of how it’s selected, the questions it asks those applying and why. Frankly that’s true for any QT show, but for the election specials and debate, it’s doubly so.

      • imw101

        Bet you haven’t been calling the for the BBC to declare QT audience make-up over the last five years.

        • Hugh

          I don’t think I’ve been “calling for” it; I’m not really a great campaigner. However, I have always been against its refusal to do so, and have always thought its enforcement of impartiality more generally, which it doesn’t measure in any way as far as we can tell, is distinctly shaky.

      • MonkeyBot5000

        They started the show by saying that the audience was 25% each of Labour/Tory/Liberal/undecided voters

        • Hugh

          Yes, sorry, that’s true, but there should be full details online – how they’re selected, the questions asked and so on – for these events and every QT.

  • Monkey_Bach

    Take the rough with the smooth and don’t do a Nigel Farage. In a “balanced” audience there’s bound to be a few from the more extreme and silly ends of the spectrum. Elena Prokopiou sounds as if she needs a boyfriend, girlfriend, or possibly an invitation to an Ann Summers party poor thing.

    Eeek.

  • Crispy

    Pathetic someone disagrees with You and you Brand them a Tory and Start digging dirt and going through her History. I guess if that falls You could always call her a racist that tactic worked so Well for you in rotherham for years!

    • Brimstone52

      Thanks for confirming that you condone telling lies. You’re obviously a LibLabConner supporter.

    • liversedge

      There is nothing wrong with looking at the dirty tricks the Tory party uses.

      • Brimstone52

        Nor Labour and Lib-Dem dirty tricks either.

        • liversedge

          Absolutely.

    • FMcGonigal

      There is no problem with having Conservative members or supporters in the audience if they declare themselves and the audience is balanced. Showing a person’s own social media accounts which they have made public is not digging dirt.

  • John Ruddy

    Was she the one who claimed she employed 75 people?

  • wolfman

    You Sir are a numpty..

  • bikerboy

    Independent expert speaks

  • Gary Pepworth

    Also Shuttleworth banged on about the irresponsibility of Ed Balls as Chancellor writing that note. Ed Balls has never been Chancellor and didn’t write that note. Which begs the question, is she thick or did she deliberately set out to deceive the BBC audience and who put her up to it?

    • FMcGonigal

      I think she was talking about Liam Byrne’s “no money” note to his successor. She did not say said Ed Balls wrote it but that he called it a joke, which it was of course, albeit a very poor joke.

      • Linda E

        Yes she did say he wrote it and went on to say if that had been in any other work place he would of been sacked .

        • FMcGonigal

          Okay, I will look on iPlayer if so I stand corrected. Whoever wrote it could not have been “sacked”, as he was already leaving Office!

          • bikerboy

            No, you were correct. She only referred to the letter and to Ed Balls calling it a joke.

          • Mick Sleight

            It was a joke though – but the Tories don’t have a sense of humour – at least in public – they are, though, laughing behind our backs

          • bevinboy

            It was a joke, but given the situation it was surely in very poor taste,

            People were hurting.

          • ClearBell

            Do you mean the bankers that caused the mayhem of 2008?

          • Sylvia

            Ah but nobody knows the bankers caused the financial mess because the Tory PR was very successful in the months during the Labour leadership process. And Labour has not put anything like enough correct explanation out since then, Nor have many media covered the many economists who DID confirm it was a “bankers” crash.

          • bevinboy

            It was a joke, but given the situation it was surely in very poor taste,

            People were hurting.

          • IRejectFPTP

            Of course it was a joke. A major western country simply cant run out of money, they just borrow or print more. In that context, its a nonsensical statement. Note Cameron still has the note? Kept it in a safe for 5yrs probably, marked “Propaganda – Dont open till 2015”. It was, as you say, no more than a poor ‘in-house’ attempt at humour, which will only ever be used for self-gain by the nasty tories.

          • The Puffin Fish

            And she said that Balls would have been sacked for that in the private sector.

          • ARDNASSAC

            You are so dumb; read Linda E’s note again (if you can read).

          • FMcGonigal

            Thanks, I have read Linda E’s note again and also looked at the Question time clip.
            My second point was a little ironic.

        • Hugh

          No, she said “He called that letter a joke”. She didn’t say he wrote it.

        • AA_Bill

          I’m gobsmacked. A socialist getting her facts wrong.

    • bikerboy

      She said he would put Ed Balls “back” in as Chancellor… well he is Shadow Chancellor at the moment.

      • The Puffin Fish

        She won’t be getting my marketing contract. Her inability to grasp facts rules that out.

    • itdoesntaddup

      The idea that “undecided” could mean anything between choosing between Green and Labour, and Conservative and UKIP seems to be missing here. Russell Brand has now moved out of the “undecided or NOTA” column by publicly declaring for the Greens.

      • Fred Wyropiquet

        I thought he had declared for one Green in one constituency. I too might very well be tempted to vote for Caroline Lucas but that does NOT mean that I have declared for the Greens.

        • itdoesntaddup

          You aren’t supposed to vote in more than one constituency.

    • Johnny Foreigner

      Keep up son. Open your ears.

  • pezzab

    Your Telegraph link is broken

  • kb32904

    The company name has been changed to ‘Get Savvy Marketing Limited’

    See here:

    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05822434/GET-SAVVY-MARKETING-LIMITED/

    and

    http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails

    Company Check lists her as Director & Companies House show it’s not a dormant company.

    • So you’re saying the answer to my first question is ‘no’ and the answer to my second question is ‘yes’?

      • kb32904

        It certainly looks that way but could she get round it by amending the company info at the bottom of her website to show the correct co. name, albeit after she has been caught out ?

        • I’m sure she could – and if you’re right that’s what she should do – along with telling the Registrar.

          • kb32904

            Of course, if somebody reported the ‘indiscretion’ to the Registrar, that would be….unfortunate timing.

            Ahem 😉

          • My interest is in transparency. If it’s a slip it’s a slip.

          • Pie Chips & Gravy

            As I’m sure you know Jolyon, this legislation is quite recent and there will be many who are not yet compliant. Savvy Marketing is no longer one of them (as a visit to their site will confirm) so if you really want to ensure the legislation is enforced you’ll have to try another target. Might I suggest you have a go at the New Statesman instead?

          • bevinboy

            Jolyon

            Dear boy.

            When you have made a fool of yourself as you have, surely best to wind your neck in and beat a retreat to the quiet of your Chambers..

            We all need to recognize the lady asked the key question that people in the country are asking themselves.

            Balls and Miliband should have kitchen sinked this issue years ago, bared their souls, blamed Brown and moved on.

            They chose not to. It is just stupid tactics. It is tactics that are very hard to support.

            I think if Labour lose it will be largely because of this issue and the Ed Balls economic competency issue..

            Miliband should have been much better prepared for this.

            The people around him are clowns for him not being better prepared. This question should have been practiced over and over again.

          • Colizgg

            Goodness me, your as sick as Maugham. Trying to create difficulty because someone asked a question you didn’t like.
            Do you write anonymous letters to the council about noise and parking misdemeanours? I bet you’re really popular with the neighbours.

            If your that wicked then at least don’t advertise it, let the rest of society think your normal.

          • Come out from behind your mask, Colizgg.

          • Colizgg

            Mask?.. Weird.

          • nottinghampaul

            I bet you’d be happy to report fraudulent benefit claimants

          • Colizgg

            No, none of my business. Much like this lady’s business isn’t any of yours. Your post implies malevolent snitching to the authorities is something everyone does for one reason or another; it’s not.

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            Classic left wing tactic, run to the authorities like little snitches.

          • Troy Chapel

            What? You mean exercising civic duty? How is CCHQ this morning BTW?

          • kb32904

            I do none of those things & the thought wouldn’t have occurred to me so you’re probably projecting.

            I pity you.

          • Colizgg

            Well you’ve just suggested doing it to this lady so why would anyone think otherwise.

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            I pity you for apparently being so vile and petty.

          • kb32904

            Truth hurts does it ?

            Lol, I bet it this had been by a Labour supporter to Dave, your lot would have been creaming yourselves !

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            What truth is that?

          • Ziggy Pop

            tbh if she’s acted fraudulently that’s what she would want someone to do. Her beloved party asks people to report all manner of things to them about benefits, neighbours, tax, even going as far as anyone doing someone a favour by providing a service cheaper by skipping VAT and let’s face it, if someone did that for you only a Tory would then complain anonymously.
            So if you want to be a good citizen then yes report her.

  • bikerboy

    iplayer…. What’s your name? Shirley.. It’s a great question Shirley… gawd.

    • Michael Murray

      Just like BBC news and Newsnight you are seeking to diminish Ed Miliband’s marvellous performance on Question Time under circumstances of great hostility. I was out last night and when I returned I caught the BBC news which suggested that Cameron had given the better performance and Ed Miliband had badly lost. Similarly, Newsnight suggested that Loser Dave had easily won. If I had been dependent on the British Bullingdon Corporation anti-Labour propaganda I would have concluded that Cameron had swallowed a load of vitamin pills, ripped off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves and upped his usual lacklustre and underwhelming performance into the stratosphere. However, thanks to the wonders of technology I was able to watch the whole thing on Catch Up. And what did I see? Loser Dave giving his usual underwhelming performance, evading every question by giving the answer to a completely different question and talking down to the audience as though he were head of Pop at Eton who had been given the unenviable task of explaining to a coach party of proles how the place worked generally whilst refusing to state anything specific. Indeed, so lamentable were his responses a frustrated member of the audience asked if he could please engage with the questions from a moral not just economic perspective. his squirming and dissembling on child benefit and refusal to explain how he was going to cut welfare to the bone was truly memorable. As was his feeble attempt to explain why the Tories are never trusted with the Health Service. By contrast, despite an extremely hostile audience who frequently and rudely interrupted him with supplementary questions his answers were always clear, honest and unambiguous. Despite intense hostility at times he kept his composure, his sense of humour, (he made some good jokes) and engaged personally and directly with the audience in a way Cameron could only dream of. Standout moments were when he made it clear that he’d prefer not to be in Government if it meant doing a deal with the SNP and his total insistence that he would not barter away Labour’s manifesto. Also when he faced down audience members questioning why Labour wouldn’t give an EU Referendum. A strong and commanding performance from Ed who clearly won. A weak and evasive performance from Cameron. No wonder Chicken adage ran away from a head to head debate with Ed.

      • PATRICKNEWMAN

        Michael, good stuff – you’ll send the Tory trolls into furious hammering of keyboards!

        • Michael Murray

          Thanks Patrick. I always have the anti-Labour trolls’welfare at heart!

        • imw101

          Do you even know what an internet “troll” is? Clearly not.

      • Hugh

        “And what did I see? Loser Dave giving his usual underwhelming
        performance, of course, evading every question by giving the answer to a completely different question…Ed, by contrast, despite facing an extremely hostile audience who frequently and rudely interrupted him with supplementary questions gave answers that were always clear, honest and unambiguous.”

        But it’s not what most other people saw is it? They gave it 44/38 to Cameron.

      • imw101

        Are you quite mad? Miliband has (very probably) just let the election because of his p*ss poor performance.

        Who in their right mind would now vote for a Party that has admitted won’t even want to form a Government unless it wins a majority?

        • Canarydan

          “Who in their right mind would now vote for a Party that has admitted it won’t even want to form a Government unless it wins a majority?”

          Who indeed. When did that happen again?

      • imw101

        Are you quite mad? Miliband has (very probably) just let the election because of his p*ss poor performance.

        Who in their right mind would now vote for a Party that has admitted won’t even want to form a Government unless it wins a majority?

      • CharleyFarleyFive

        Deluded much, lol. Cameron a clear winner, Miliband has just lost the chance to form a government.

        Delicious.

        • Monkey_Bach

          Yet the opinion polls haven’t moved a whisker in favour of the Conservatives.

          Eeek.

          • g978

            Really, first no polls have come out of voting intent where the field work is after these debates.
            Second according to the Guardian polling site the Tories are 1.5% ahead, after a period of tying. Seems like opinion has moved.

          • Monkey_Bach

            Sorry. Just checked and no go. Keep your pecker up! Eeek.

      • CharleyFarleyFive

        Deluded much, lol. Cameron a clear winner, Miliband has just lost the chance to form a government.

        Delicious.

    • imw101

      “What’s your name”?

      Ivor Dickinfrontofme

    • Monkey_Bach

      If Leslie Neilsen was in the QT audience… DON’T CALL HIM SHIRLEY! Eeek.

  • bikerboy

    Lol – sold gold, can’t say you didn’t overspend. All OK in Aus, Canada… profligate with taxes from financial services… this is Leeds.

    • wolfman

      All day every day on a Labour site…

  • Linda E

    She was so clever she accused Ed Balls of leaving there’s no money left letter , It was Liam Burn

    • bikerboy

      Byrne. And no she didn’t say that.

      • wolfman

        Pitiful trolling again…

    • bikerboy

      Byrne. And no she didn’t say that.

    • imw101

      You’re so clever you haven’t realised she didn’t accuse Balls of writing the letter.

      She accused Balls of describing the Byrne letter as a “joke”. She didn’t say Balls wrote it. She said anyone who regarded that as a joke shouldn’t remain in the job of Chancellor

      • Mark Reilly

        Although she did seem to think that Ed Balls had previously been chancellor, obviously a defective pre-brief by GO

  • Linda E

    Jeremy Hunt if you cant admit you over spent how can we trust you , Ermmmmmmm The had spent more in 5 years than Labour did in thirteen and what do they have to show for it nothing so a bitch rich from him I would say .

  • Graeme Hancocks

    Sounds like dirty tricks to me. Can you imagine the hue and fry if Labour had done this?!

  • bikerboy

    How can Ed guarantee someone a job in the private sector?

    • imw101

      I loved that. “We’ll work with the private sector”. What? The private sector you’ve demonised as ‘predatory’ and “exploitative tax dodgers”? Jog on son.

    • Colizgg

      He can’t. An given that he’s committed to higher business taxes and costs it’s a completely false proposal. Ed hopes that he can promise opposing policies and appeal to everyone without voters spotting the contradiction.

    • wolfman

      dear oh dear…………..More anti-Labour guff..

      “Life” and “get”

  • Matthew Blott

    I still think Miliband should have handled this better. Although she was aggressive the question she asked was pretty straightforward and likely to come up and should have had a much better answer.

    • imw101

      Did we watch the same interview? Aggressive? She was remarkably measured and logical in her argument/question.

      Company directors get banned for less than the mess Balls, Brown, and Byrne made of the economy . In the private sector they would all be banned (and possibly jailed) for “trading while insolvent”, “financial impropriety” and “using company money or assets for personal benefit” (house flliping and expenses).

      And stop blaming the bankers – the country was in s*t street before the sub-prime hurricane hit the flimsy tent the economy had been reduced to.

      • Canarydan

        Yes but a government, and one that issues its own currency, and a private sector company are completely different things.

        It’s like saying if Bradley Johnson sparks someone out with a right-hook in the playoff semi-final next week he would be sent off, therefore Floyd Mayweather should be dismissed if he does the same to Pacquiao this weekend.

      • Matthew Blott

        I’ll have some of what you’re having.

    • whereisthesense

      She was very aggressive, and didn’t even sound like she wanted to hear what Miliband had to say. The moment she opened her mouth my first thought was that she was a Tory stooge. What annoys me the most, is that if she dishonestly gained a place on the show by claiming she was an ‘undecided’ voter, then she took a place away from someone who might actually have had an honest question to ask.

      • CharleyFarleyFive

        How would you ever, ever prove whether she was an undecided voter or not?

        • Hugh

          Well, if she’d signed a letter a few days ago that explicitely called for the Tory’s re-election you’d conclude she wasn’t an undecided voter. I’m not sure I get your point.

      • bevinboy

        Look it matters not a jot if she was a stooge or not. The question is THE prime issue for undecided voters. That of economic competence or not?

        Too many here are focused on the questioner, not the question and how & why, Ed Miliband handled it so badly.

  • ghostly

    Nothing wrong with this from a moral perspective if she is a Labour activist. Just shows the hypocrisy of all those Labour activists who criticised Wings over Scotland for making similar observations though (Claire Lally anyone?!). Former Labour voter here but can’t see any way back in.

  • PATRICKNEWMAN

    There is a positive Labour narrative about the 2007/8 crisis and the large deficit and it is just conceivable Labour will complete it by May 7th!

  • Colizgg

    My god! What a sad pernicious stalker post that is.
    Sitting in front of Google with your teeth clenched between your teeth bug eyed with indignation. I’m embarrassed for you.

    So what if she works for herself or does any attempt to do something positive make her evil. It’s irrelevant to the question and says much more about you than her.

    • Canarydan

      I’d say it’s more astute and demonstrates a good, investigative mind.

      You should try it sometime. If you stopped naively believing everything you read in papers and saw on the TV, you’d probably find you’d stop being a Tory.

      • Colizgg

        I’ve not mentioned politics so why do you assume I’m a Tory? Is it inconceivable that someone from the left wouldn’t support malicious anonymous reporting because of a question they heard on TV? Or didn’t that occur to your astute investigative mind?

        There’s also been no mention of believing anything other than what this fool has written down in his own post, another point your keen mind couldn’t grasp.

        Your weak attempt at sarcasm is undermined by your belief that anyone who disagrees can’t support Labour. You’re a fool blinded by your own prejudices.

        • Gavin Morris

          If she’s going to sit there as a self-righteous high earner demanding the head of the shadow chancellor for upsetting her Tory sensibilities, I think she’s due a little scrutiny. I’m a Company Director and compliance with the law is the number one priority, if for no other reason than people’s jobs and my supplier’s jobs depend on it. For someone who would like us to believe that you may be on the left you do seem very upset that someone would look at publicly available information after seeing some obvious Tory astroturfing.

          • Colizgg

            Why is she self-righteous for asking a difficult question and how do you know she’s high earning. And so what if she is. Sounds like you’re envious of whatever you assume she earns.

            I haven’t said I was either left or right, it’s people like you who make those assumptions simply because I didn’t follow the line. If you read the posts it’s the proposal to maliciously report the lady that I took issue with. Clearly you support spiteful troublemaking as a vengeful revenge for asking an awkward question. Fool.

          • Johnny Foreigner

            “……a self-righteous high earner”, you are beyond sad for writing that, even sadder in that you actually think you’re in the right. She asked a question, you expect her to justify her existence. Sad.

      • Hugh

        Yes, you could be a Labour-supporting tax avoidance lawyer instead.

        • Canarydan

          Well played sir.

          • Hugh

            Sorry, not really fair. Not your fault who he is, but it is funny.

    • Tommo

      The real nasty party that now intimidates voters who dare to challenge the Labour viewpoint.

      One word for it – Stalinist !!!

      • g978

        Exactly – somebody asks a predictable question and cyber stalkers come out demanding her head. Cameron was asked hard questions too. So it wasn`t like the audience was Conservative biased.
        I thought Ed could take questioning, he did OK. He doesn`t need you to try and discredit questions you don`t like.

  • barrywmilton

    This issue is a sideshow which everyone apart from Labourlist will ignore. Surely the key issue of the debate wasn’t Catherine Shuttleworth but the fact that EM moved even further on the SNP question by ruling out not just coalition but any deal whatsoever with the SNP. If there aren’t going to be any deals, Labour have to guarantee to be the largest party after 7 May and will have to depend on Tory votes on many key votes in any hung parliament. A high risk strategy for our party, I’d say.

    • bevinboy

      Good post.

      The sheer nonsense about one questioner is a sad indication of limited intelligence hereabouts and one key poster MAY even be a QC and tax lawyer.

      Quite unbelievable

  • imw101

    Damn that Tory-Biased BBC (SARCASMMODE:OFF)

  • CharleyFarleyFive

    An absolutely hilarious article. After years of biased Question Time audiences stuffed full of Labour activists and other left wing lunatics we finally get some balance and immediately Labour Party supporters have thrown their toys out of the pram.

    What a sad bunch you are. Absolutely delicious to witness though.

  • CharleyFarleyFive

    An absolutely hilarious article. After years of biased Question Time audiences stuffed full of Labour activists and other left wing lunatics we finally get some balance and immediately Labour Party supporters have thrown their toys out of the pram.

    What a sad bunch you are. Absolutely delicious to witness though.

    • Monkey_Bach

      How can the Labour party stuff BBC audiences with activists and supporters? You sound more than a little paranoid to me, sport. When rugby players put their heads together in the scrummage they’re not covertly plotting to bring about the downfall of the Tory party you know.

      Eeek.

      • AA_Bill

        Gormless

        • Monkey_Bach

          Paranoid, repetitious AND monosyllabic! Eeek.

          • Hugh

            Gormless is two syllables.

          • Monkey_Bach

            True that. Thanks. Eeek.

  • CharleyFarleyFive

    Really, I mean really? You don’t have anything better to do? An audience member rightly holds your beloved leader to account and all you can think to do is try to discredit her?

    Pathetic.

    • Tommo

      Stalinist more like.

      • Dave Postles

        Lazy. More like GCHQ – no one has been killed or incarcerated.

    • denise clendinning

      No she was pathetic just because she wanted to have a go at Ed and get 5 minutes of fame and then i read she seen Osborne and thumbed up to him SHE WAS PLANTED.

  • imw101

    So what? She was invited on as an “undecided” member of the public. She hadn’t misrepresented herself as a company director to obtain a special company directors meeting with Miliband.

    Jeez. I am quick to criticise people who use the “get a life” cliche on the internet.

    But in your case – get a life.

    • Matthew Blott

      It’s about context. She presented herself as someone struggling to run a business who employed 75 people. It was a lie.

      • Hugh

        It wasn’t a lie, was it? As noted elsewhere, the company has just changed its name without updating the bottom of the website.

        • Matthew Blott

          Okay.

  • Canarydan

    The hysterical vitriol from the right-wingers in this here comments section tells you all you need to know about the respective performances of Cameron and Miliband last night. Their desperation is truly tickling. Next thing they’ll be telling us Cameron’s performance was strong and commanding.

    • CharleyFarleyFive

      Fortunately we have a neutral poll to tell us Cameron was the winner.

    • Matthew Blott

      It was.

    • Hugh

      Yes, ignore the polling; the key to understanding how the leaders performed last night is comments on a fairly obscure political blog.

    • AA_Bill

      A fan of a psychopathic murderous thug who took delight in torturing people I see. When will you w*nkers grow up.

      • Boy Charioteer

        It’s not a picture of Pinochet having tea at Maggie’s is it?

  • rodger the dodger

    “I have dowloaded the accounts”

    Dear, oh Dear. On a scale of 1-Pathetic, you’re at the top end, mate.

    • Optimaximal

      Alas, clicking on links to PDF files does download them to your computer. Nothing wrong with that statement…

  • swatnan

    As Nige would say:’A handpicked audience by the Lefty BBC.’
    Only, this happened to be a ‘flipping’ Tory.
    Lets face it the BBC has to be congratulated for its totally impartial political programing.
    The Beeb is the best in the world, and I’m not one to whnge on about its political balance. It provides balance..Politicians should expect tough questions and be prepared to answer them from whatever quarter, She may have a point about Balls though. and EdM needs to be pretty brutal when it comes to shaping his Shad Cab Minority Govt.

  • Benjamin Mackie

    Appalling and dishonest Tory plants. Vote Labour and the SNP on the 7th.

    • CharleyFarleyFive

      You’ve never seen a Labour party activist in the QT audience? I suggest you watch more closely.

      • Boy Charioteer

        But the Tory activists on this very blog are much more conspicuous.

    • bikerboy

      Nah – there was no room-bait this time, was there?

      • wolfman

        All day again on the website of a party you hate…

        Pitiful….

    • Colizgg

      Given the scale of orchestrated postal vote fraud I’m sure there’ll be lots who vote both Labour and SNP.

      • Benjamin Mackie

        In Scotland, I would urge support of the SNP. In England (where I reside), I support Labour. The bigger picture is this: the rise of the SNP is about a reconfiguration of the UK and also is a response to capitalist crisis. Labour needs to change to adapt to both.

      • Tommo

        And Respect

    • Hugh

      That would be illegal. You have to choose just one.

  • Marco

    So the programme was unfair because Ed had a rough ride? Come on. This is a silly way to do our politics. The show was fine. There were partisans all over the place, and everyone got roughed up. Whining about unfairness makes us look like fools.

    • Ed performed very well, but we’re annoyed because the BBC allowed her in as an ‘undecided’ voter even though the overwhelming evidence is that the supports the Tories, and very enthusiastically so. We have no evidence that any ‘undecided’ voters in the audience were major Labour supporters.

      Having said that, Miliband should’ve answered the question on Labour’s economic record better. He should’ve said that the deficit fell under the last Labour government until 2008 when both the Tories and Labour agreed that the banks had to be bailed out. After then, there had to be investment in the economy to get it running again.

      Now that the economy is growing (if slowly), Labour can try and get the deficit down (but the Tories will butcher the economy with their extreme cuts).

      Had he said all that very clearly, he would’ve done much better.

      And LabourList has a great many articles on other issues, but this story does deserve an article 😛

  • Labour have been packing QT audiences with stooges for years – last night you got caught by the same trick; stop whining.

    • Monkey_Bach

      Eh? Are you claiming that the Labour party has control over BBC guest lists.

      Eeek.

      • I have no idea – I do know that Labour staff have posed as “ordinary” people in past audiences.

        • CharleyFarleyFive

          Yes, on many occassion, I wish I’d compiled a list but in the last few months a number of Labour party activists/councillors have been very vocal on QT.

          • Monkey_Bach

            People don’t just turn up on the night and randomly appear in the audience of QT or any other BBC programmes. People apply to appear, on one or more shows, are vetted and then selected by the BBC, in a balanced way, to make up QT and other audiences.

            Do you hear voices in your head?

            I’d get some help if I were you, sport.

            Eeek.

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            I’ve tried to reply to you with a link to January’s edition of Question Time from Watford where local Labour councillor Seamus Williams was in the audience and was very vocal but my post is held in moderation.

          • Monkey_Bach

            Are you serious? Or having a laugh? One Labour councillor pops up once as a member of a QT audience, of several hundred people, and you cry bias? Take an aspirin and lie down in a dark room with a damp flannel over your eyes until you feel better and then come back here.

            Eeek.

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            Eh? One member of the public asks Miliband a moderately tricky question and you all throw your toys out of the pram.

            I give you one counter example of a professional Labour politician masquerading as a member of the public and I’m not being serious or I’m having a laugh.

            I think the joke is very much on you.

          • Monkey_Bach

            How many Question Times have there been and how many times have there been irregularities such as the one you mention? Lord Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken both served time behind bars for perjury but I’m not daft enough to believe, based on the bad behaviour of a small number individuals, that all high Tory are liars and criminals determined to pervert the course of justice.

            Honi soit qui mal y pense.

            Eeek.

          • AA_Bill

            Tut tut Charlie. You are not allowed to point out facts to these tribal monkeys.
            Watched a QT a few years back from Dorking, an area I know well in darkest blue territory and surrounded by Tory constituencies. Didn’t recognise one single person in the audience of foam flecked far lefty clowns, none of whom had a Surrey accent.
            But then one only has to look back to the obscene QT broadcast on 13/09/2001 when the BBC packed the audience with a burka clad baying mob.

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            They’re always the victims, bless them. One tricky question for Ed and they’re all crying into their copies of Socialist Worker.

            Which incidentally reminds me of Bunny La Roche’s appearance on QT, another activist for the left.

          • AA_Bill

            Not only gormless but gullible too.

          • Hugh

            “People apply to appear, on one or more shows, are vetted and then
            selected by the BBC, in a balanced way, to make up QT and other
            audiences.”

            Good stuff. I’d be grateful for more detail on that process – particualrly the vetting, selection and balancing – since you seem to know how it works.

          • Monkey_Bach

            That’s what the BBC, an internationally respected broadcaster insofar as fairness, truth and accuracy are concerned, says that it does. Not being an significant employee familiar with the procedures and internal conduct of the organisation obviously I can’t provide details how any of this happens, but would bet the farm that the BBC is much more unbiased and trustworthy than it’s critics.

            If you believe differently I suggest you lodge a complaint.

            Eeek.

          • Demongo

            Funny that this thread is all about the fact that the person in question shouldn’t have been there then. That she lied to get in and that clearly she was a stooge, obviously conclusion the vetting process is either incompetent, biased, or both

      • AA_Bill

        Gormless.

        • Monkey_Bach

          Paranoid. Eeek.

          • AA_Bill

            Err, actually the author of this socialist diatribe is the paranoid one, and you’re still gormless.

          • Monkey_Bach

            I’m not the one complaining about non-existent bias and heard plenty of right-wing opinions exercised by various people during the show. I thought all of the leaders appearing received an equally rough ride from the audience, which amused me no end although I’m not insane enough to blame the BBC for Miliband’s critics or his trip as he left the stage.

            I leave that kind of nonsense to Sun-readers and folks like you.

            Eeek.

          • AA_Bill

            “I’m not the one complaining about non-existent bias ” but the loony left author of this article is.
            As a matter of mild interest, do you have monkey’s tourettes?

  • BenM_Kent

    This is not a well judged post.
    This was democracy in action.
    Look at Frank Fisher’s post below. Leave the paranoia to the Right Wing.

    • AA_Bill

      I don’t believe it! A labour supporter with a sense of proportion.

  • Reco2

    These two liars should be banned for appearing on these shows, their dishonesty should have consequences.

    • AA_Bill

      What? Milliband and Balls.

    • His Excellency

      You are the liar and propagandist, pendejo.

      • Reco2

        You,being a liar yourself, would of course support such lying!

        • His Excellency

          You, being a liar yourself, would of course support such lying.

          • Reco2

            Like I said, i was appalled at their dishonesty….good that you admit these conservatives were lying though….a start.

          • His Excellency

            No. I’m calling you a liar. Radical leftists like yourself usually lie, while conservatives usually tell the truth.

          • Reco2

            Where have i lied? I simply pointed out that these two conservatives lied about their political affiliation to get onto the show.

          • His Excellency

            You lied about Nazism and Fascism being “right-wing”, when, in fact, they are left-wing.

          • Reco2

            They are rightwing, you have already been heavily defeated on this topic on other forums.

          • His Excellency

            They are left-wing, you have already been heavily defeated on this topic on other forums.

          • Reco2

            Yet it is you that are desperate to bring it up, i think you that you were defeated. Fascism and Nazism were clearly rightwing.

          • His Excellency

            Yet it is you that is desperate to bring up the issue. I think you and your leftist revisionism were defeated. Fascism and Nazism were clearly left-wing.

          • Reco2

            No, you brought the issue up when i was talking about these two conservatives who lied to get on a TV program. Fascism and Nazism were clearly rightwing, just ask Lord Haw Haw-a former member of the conservative party.

          • His Excellency

            Fascism and Nazism were left-wing.

          • Reco2

            No, they were on the far right of the political spectrum.

          • His Excellency

            No, they were on the far-left of the political spectrum.

          • Reco2

            No, they were on the far right just like their ally Franco.

          • His Excellency

            You think that everyone who is not a Communist is a fascist. Why do you lump everyone you don’t like together, pendejo?

          • Reco2

            They were on the far right, that is very clear.

          • His Excellency

            Far-left, moron.

  • Johnny Foreigner

    You did all this in an attempt to discredit her question? Wow, just wow. Do you think you could get hold of her teenage diaries, there’s got to be something in there to discredit her? What’s your hourly rate by the way?

  • Troy Chapel

    Surely this is one for the Electoral Commission?

    • bikerboy

      They did so well in Tower Hamlets

      • wolfman

        Can we please get rid of this Labour-hating troll !!

        • AA_Bill

          “Labour hating”? You’re lucky with him pal.
          I positively loathe and despise all of you parasitic trash. Full of envy and greed. Always after other people’s hard earned cash.
          Think you always know best. The world would be a better place without socialist vermin.

          • Monkey_Bach

            As a relatively prosperous left-winger I would just like to go on the record and say that I bear you no ill will whatsoever and hope you will recover your wits and sanity one day.

            Eeek.

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            Why does this idiot end every post with Eeek?

          • AA_Bill

            Because he’s gormless.
            Amusing that he’s a ‘prosperous’ left winger. Ill gotten gains or employed in a socialist quango or charity.

          • Monkey_Bach

            Because right-wingers, often anally retentive authoritarian control freaks, often find it annoying. And that pleases me.

            Thank you for paying into my hands.

            Eeek.

          • AA_Bill

            Thankfully I use the Alberta Health Service which is infinitely superior to the NHS.
            Please seek help for that monkey’s tourettes of yours.

          • Leo McKinstry

            The NHS was a Tory invention – Sir Henry Willink, the Health Minister in Churchill’s wartime government, put forward in 1943 a proposal for a free, universal, comprehensive public health service. Contrary to modern mythology, the Tory manifesto for 1945 also contained this idea. Labour had no monopoly on the concept.

          • Monkey_Bach

            That is true but which government brought the NHS into being in its current form? As the Conservatives didn’t create the NHS we can’t tell whether they would have done so, or what kind of service, advanced or rudimentary, they would have created if in power.

            Eeek.

          • Monkey_Bach

            That is true but which government brought the NHS into being in its current form? As the Conservatives didn’t create the NHS we can’t tell whether they would have done so, or what kind of service, advanced or rudimentary, they would have created if in power.

            Eeek.

          • CharleyFarleyFive

            I suggest they all pop off to socialist paradise Venezuela, things are going swimmingly there.

    • CharleyFarleyFive

      Oh yeah, I’m sure they’d be thrilled you complete imbecile.

  • wolfman

    No disrespect but does anyone thinks she looks like Digby Jones with a wig on ??

    I see there has been a Tory troll invasion……But on the brightside …been helping with the canvassing in Crewe and it’s going very well !!!!..

    Don’t let the trolls get you down guys !!..

    All to play for..

    • bikerboy

      Yes good spot. She does look like a female Diggers.

      Some of us are at work, but good luck with the conversations.

      • wolfman

        Wasn’t looking for a response from you….You pitiful Tory Troll..

        • bikerboy

          My mum did tell me not to be friendly to stalkers.

        • bikerboy

          bristolpost. co. uk/Vandals-wreck-Bristol-MP-candidate-Charlotte/story-26425029-detail/story.html

          Shame. Hopefully just kids.

    • Demongo

      Pretty sure any sentence that starts “no disrepect” is intended to be disrespectful but I’ll hold judgement ……..

      Ahhh then you attack the women by insulting her personal appearance.

      Well done.

  • weejonnie

    Oh dear, how sad , stop whining – Labour have planted more stooges on GT audiences than the Dutch have tulips.

    • Monkey_Bach

      If it were possible to plant people in BBC audiences they’d be wall to wall with Conservative affiliates and supporters. Buck up for goodness sake! The number of right wing conspiracy trolls on this thread approaches epidemic.

      Eeek.

  • Vaceron

    “This made us think again about Ms Shuttleworth, so we looked into her.”

    This is really sinister stuff. A member of the public asks a question of a politician and a Stalinist witch-hunt is ramped-up. When’s the show trial?

    • AA_Bill

      Quite. Socialist scum always kick off when someone has the temerity to disagree with them.

    • bevinboy

      I agree.

      The question was an obvious & reasonable question that many would have wanted asking.

      The BBC in allowing it to be asked was performing its duty.

      Whingeing about it and almost cyber stalking the questioner is in my view the behaviour of a cad.

  • Jeff Featherstone

    According to The Times yesterday , the audience was to be made up of 25% of supporters for each of the three main parties, 15% supporters or other parties and 10% undecided. I’m therefore unclear why there is the expectation in the above article that the BBC would have filtered out party supporters and activists from the audience?

  • JE7721

    The website is not stated to be carried on by “Savvy Marketing Limited”, but is actually stated to be carried on by “Get Savvy Marketing Limited”. You’ll appreciate better than most that these are totally separate corporate entities, and Get Savvy Marketing Limited is registered with Companies House as an active trading company, which is fully up to date with its accounts and returns. Odd mistake for a tax barrister…

    • It would be an odd mistake for a Silk. Fortunate, then, that I didn’t make it. The website’s been changed since this morning. I kept a screenshot. Let me know if you’d like to see it.

  • BlueSkySeas

    The audience was picked to be 25% each of Labour, Tory, Lib-Dem & Others.

    Dimbleby pointed this out right at the beginning.

    Duh!

  • Sunny Jim

    I’m more than happy to join in the bashing of the BBC for mis-allocating the audience but i’m deeply uncomfortable about singling out one person and attacking them.

    It makes us look nasty, whiney and, worst of all, defeatist.

    Ed answered the question perfectly well in my view so let’s move on from this silly debate.

    • Dave Postles

      Yes, the point is 25% Tory and 25% LibDem – thus 50% reiterating the narrative that Labour’s fiscal policy caused the problems.

      • Johnny Foreigner

        Liebours fiscal incompetence did not cause the banking crisis, but because of the millions they borrowed, Brown’s selling off of the gold reserves at criminal rates, it exacerbated our position, preventing a smooth recovery. Do you understand now Dave, let me shout it to you, *Labour did not cause the problem*, there fiscal ineptitude exacerbated the situation massively. Now you’ve been educated Dave, please don’t go around saying, “People are saying that Labour caused the crash”. We’re not saying that Dave, good. Need anymore help on what people are not saying, I’m here to help.

        • Dave Postles

          Oh dear, such condescension. The narrative of the Coalition parties is ‘the mess that Labour left’. If I may be as presumptuous, you should consider the position of most macro-economists who indicate quite clearly that the recovery was impeded by Osborne’s policy in his first two years. As for the ‘banking crisis’, that persists – billions are still being reserved for fines and contingencies for improprieties which occurred after 2010.

          • Johnny Foreigner

            I would be one of the last people to say Nirvana was created after 2010, with the Tories NHS no top down 3 billion money pit. You are deflecting though Dave, this is not a yah boo conversation. This conversation is about Labour and their history of incompetence. For me personally, my terms of reference and knowledge, only go back as far as Wilson, but I’m sure better educated people than me, might be able to track back further, regarding Labour’s mishandling of the economy during their many years of tenure.

          • Dave Postles

            Oh, I see, so you are not prepared to consider that the difficulty of recovery was caused by Osborne despite the consensus of macro-economists? You still want to insist that the difficulty was caused by Labour’s legacy, despite the consensus amongst macro-economists. Well, that should shut us all up.

          • Johnny Foreigner

            As I said earlier, this is no yah boo conversation, so throwing Osborne’s first couple years at me, when the jury is still out to a *general consensus* on his competence, is a bit unfair. I’m more than happy to stick the boot in when it’s necessary, but the time of certainty on this question is not now. We do know that Labour’s record is dire.

          • Dave Postles

            The general consensus of macro-economists is that Osborne’s first two years delayed any recovery – the jury is not still out.

          • PeterBarnard

            Er …. the Attlee government left a budget surplus in 1951, and the first Wilson government left a budget surplus in 1970.

            No Conservative government, since 1951, has left a budget surplus.

          • Johnny Foreigner

            Man, you really scraped that barrel, because running a surplus is not an overriding factor, merely an indicator amongst many others. The impending wages crisis pending in Feb 1970, would’ve knocked that surplus into a cocked hat, Labour’s continual shame was only averted by the election of Ted the Euro Mong Heath. So, in reality you’ve only got 1951 to slap me around the face with then. That’s a bit sad don’t you think Pete?

          • PeterBarnard

            No comment.

          • Johnny Foreigner

            Is that, “No comment”, a capitulation or you gone off in a huff?

          • Challenger

            Are you a Tory MP? Just wondering.

          • Johnny Foreigner

            Left or right, I like to discuss the facts and shine a light on the idiots that govern us, Tory or Labour, good or bad. It just seems in the long run Labour make more mistakes that impact badly for all of us, rich or poor, right or left.

          • Challenger

            So, in the interest of balance, do you do the same on Tory forums?

          • Johnny Foreigner

            My verbal boot and fist land in Breitbart, Guido Fawkes, The Spectator & The Telegraph. As for participating with the left there is less opportunity of sites to engage with intelligent conversation, this is one of the few, the Guardian is so heavy handed with censorship, you get expunged if the narrative is not the one they are trying to project.

          • Challenger

            What is your political persuasion then? (If you don’t mind me asking.)

          • Johnny Foreigner

            Sorry, what is the point of labelling myself? If this were known, it would colour any future argument and people would disengage, preempting the conversation.

          • Challenger

            Fair enough. Perhaps it’s best if you are classed as an ‘undecided’ voter a la Catherine Shuttleworth 🙂

          • Johnny Foreigner

            Ha ha, a good way to end. See you around.

          • PeterBarnard

            No comment.

          • PeterBarnard

            Er …. the Attlee government left a budget surplus in 1951, and the first Wilson government left a budget surplus in 1970.

            No Conservative government, since 1951, has left a budget surplus.

        • Challenger

          It’s a pity Gordon Brown didn’t have a crystal ball to predict what was going to happen to the value of gold.

          • Johnny Foreigner

            It might have been even cleverer if he handn’t before hand announced to the market of his intentions to sell. You need to read up my son, before you attempt a clever retort. Try again or prove me wrong, now that really would be interesting.
            Oh, I forgot my little joke, consider yourself challenged Challenger.

          • Dave Postles

            The announcement of the intention to sell was to inform the banks which had such an extreme shortage of gold that they had insufficient capital reserves of that tier.

          • bevinboy

            He did.

            Every sane man intends the consequences of his actions.

  • Austin Phillip

    The BBC Is A Fucking Disgrace –

    25 Mins …On How Best To Give The Poor And Vulnerable

    Another Good Kicking –

    Maybe The BBC Should Have Lined Wheel Chair Bound

    People Up In The Studio So Everyone Could

    Give Em A Physical Kicking On The Way In ..

    • AA_Bill

      What a bizarre world you live in.

  • brianb49

    All this, and they allowed Farage an exclusive hour of questions from obvious UKIP supporters.

  • jasperpepper

    HaHa. Out thugged by the SNP, out witted by the Tories on the last QT before the election. Labour’s mistake was the arrogance of taking Scotland and the QT audience for granted.

  • davinder shergill

    this was supposed to be voters asking questions not party members being aggressive, you knew something was up when Cameron got the euphoric send off for not answering questions.

    • Challenger

      I was going to vote according to my principles but having discovered about the Tory ‘plants’ in the audience I’ve decided to vote tactically to keep the Tories out of Harrogate. I’m deeply disgusted at this Tory stunt.

      • Leo McKinstry

        Very convincing,

        • Challenger

          I am being sincere. You might need to look that word up in the dictionary.

      • Hugh

        Sorry, she plainly wasn’t undecided but where’s the evidence she was planted by the Tories?

        • Troy Chapel

          She is in business with a Tory MP, signed the dodgy Brady Telegraph letter, gave a thumbs up to Gideon in QT spin room and was on the BBC 12 times last year!

          • Hugh

            Yes, she’s a Tory supporter. So, to reiterate, the evidence she was planted by the party, as opposed to acting on her own initiative, is what?

          • Steve Stubbs

            You will not get any evidence on this site. Innuendo, slander, bigotry, hysterical claims and other total bo@@ocks in spades. Interspersed with a few thought full commentators who are worth reading, but they tend to get drowned out.

            In fact this site works exactly the same as most others. Nothing different here.

          • Lee Matthews

            I believe you have to agree with every article written.

            The first time you put forward an opposing argument you will be called a “Tory troll”, the second time you do it and certain posters will run crying to Mark to get you banned. It does not matter to them that other posters might like the challenge of an discussion with someone who might have different views.

          • Challenger

            She got a spot in the audience on the basis that she was an ‘undecided’ voter taking the place of a genuine undecided voter. I think this is pretty despicable behavior and I wonder how many others did the same: manipulating the balance, cynically, in the Tories favour. That is NOT democracy – it’s utter arrogance! She’s certainly not done the Tory’s any favours in my view.

          • Hugh

            Yes, I’ve agreed she was not an undecided and therfore lied. I also agree it was wrong. I asked how you know this was not her idea but CCHQ’s?

  • Philip Cook

    Why are the electorit in England not saying to Miliband,If it comes to a hung parliament on May 8th,Why do you keep saying you WILL NOT WORK WITH THE SNP ?? Surely if the people of the UK decide the most seats for Labour & SNP then he WILL DO AS INSTRUCTED TO,by the people.
    Who the hell does he think he is saying,he would rather let the Tories back in than work in a coalition.
    About time somebody told him that he WILL DO WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT !! NOT WHAT HE DECIDES TO DO,HE IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE UK,HE IS NOT A KING,WHAT ARROGANCE ITS INSULTING !!

  • JPJones

    Hypocrits.
    Nice plant on last nights Farage talk!

    • Monkey_Bach

      Some members of the population are left-wingers and some left-wingers end up invited to appear on television: audiences couldn’t be balanced if this didn’t happen.

      Get over it.

      Eeek.

      • Hugh

        And, of course, some are members of a political party, which can, if it so chooses, encourage all its members to apply when the event is being held locally. As a result, your “representative audience” can end up being skewed by groups of councillors and activists of political parties.

        • Monkey_Bach

          Absolutely.

          If it was allowed to happen.

          Having never applied to appear as a member of any kind of audience I don’t personally know what declarations potential participants would be expected to make before selection. However, since the BBC often claims that x% of this group and y% of that group and z% of some other group (and so forth) have been included in QT audiences I would imagine that things like religious and political affiliation would be inquired about beforehand in order to try to combat bias.

          (Else how could the BBC know?)

          When it comes to politics, where no particular party seems to be popular, trusted, or to enjoy majority support in the country, even were you to create an audience composed proportionally based on voting intention, every candidate will always end up with far more members of said audience hostile to him/her than supportive of him/her.

          So as far as politicians and audiences go it is impossible to successfully please anybody ever really since whomever you happen to be a majority of the audience will always be against you and favour other political parties.

          Eeek.

          • Hugh

            ” would imagine that things like religious and political affiliation
            would be inquired about beforehand in order to try to combat bias.”

            Yes, you’d have to imagine, since the BBC resolutely refuses to detail how it does it.

  • The BBC has been biased towards the Tories since they formed the coalition…partly cos they always seem to back the Establishment and also cos a lot of the senior program Editors and controllers are Tories…you only need to look at just how much air time the repellent Andrew Neil gets (a staunch Tory) to see how the BBC’s political partiality has gone very far to the right.

  • Hugh

    Now that is funny.

  • Godabove09

    Any leftie complaining about BBC impartiality needs to bow their head in shame. You rats get unending anti Ukip-Tory drivel/propaganda from your Marxist, Common Purpose associates every day. That’s the reason the BBC is becoming a joke and is losing its once prestigious name as an unbiased outlet. Get over it…

  • Louise Mensch

    You had better hope Ms. Shuttleworth doesn’t sue you.

    • Dave Postles

      Corby blimey, guv’nor, I’d ‘ave fought you ‘ad enough trouble over there wiv that Bernie sticking ‘is oar in. That Oxford’s a funny place, innit? You ‘ave your Danny Dorlings, but it still churns out them Tory toffs, eh?

  • Hugh

    “he waived the letter and she asked the question, then the thumbs up to to Osbourne”

    You’re righ: it’s obviously a conspiracy at the very highest level. How else could we explain the letter (which Cameron had been waiving about for a couple days) and her recognising the Chancellor of the Exchequer? Thanks, Clouseau.

    • Catherine Shuttlecock

      Hugh, do your research on her , her background and her company . Also who is connected to her company? Perhaps it is just more than a conspiracy. Just saying mind.

  • rodger the dodger

    I can say whatever I like. His job is irrelevant. His looking into the accounts of some random woman on the telly because she doesn’t support Labour to see if she has somehow infringed the law/regulations is pathetic.

    Who cares?

  • His Excellency

    More propaganda. They were far-left. Quit repeating Stalinist propaganda.

    • Reco2

      They were far right, as stated by the German government. You are a delusional liar.

      • His Excellency

        They were far-left based on agenda. You are a delusional liar.

        • Reco2

          They were far right, as stated by the German governemt and the Simon Wiesenthal center. Come back when you get an argument.

          • His Excellency

            Wrong, moron. An increasing number of sources are regarding Nazism and Fascism as far-left, pendejo. Come back when you have an argument, mamalón.

          • Dave Postles

            Ah, your Excellency, Ferrero Rochet – you shouldn’t have.

          • Reco2

            Hilarous, in 2013 it was discovered that another famous German capitalist was a supporter of the wicked and evil rightwing ideology of Nazism: Rudolf-August Oetker who even applied to join the SS.

            http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/nazi-links-dr-oetker-revealed-2464907

            You are a despicable liar, show me some evidence of your claims.

          • His Excellency

            You are a liar, you obnoxious revisionist pendejo.

          • Reco2

            You were silent for several days after your moronic claimed backfired, the opposite occured where it was found that another capitalist supported Hitler……buffoon!

          • His Excellency

            No, I wasn’t. The fact is that Hitler was a socialist, and the sources you posted have roots in “The Left”, which is a horrible, revisionist party in Germany that is a successor to the Socialist Unity Party that dominated East Germany during the Cold War. Shame on you for supporting the SED and “The Left”, pendejo.

          • Reco2

            No, i posted info from German conservative papers. You posted utter lies, the fact is that Hitler was an ardent capitalist.

          • His Excellency

            You post nothing but lies and propaganda, MrReco12. Come comment on Front Page Mag, unless you’re afraid like the coward you are.

  • Starwarsfan777

    So the clear bias, that the BBC has since admitted, doesn’t count because the Tories had a single plant? Wow.

  • Elizabeth Lowe

    Yes, it is a tradition in Parliament for one outgoing party to leave silly notes for the next. Liam Burne left his for Phil Hammond, who is his personal friend. It was a poor joke, but effective for Cameron. It seems people believe that that the nations coffers can be left empty, not withstanding the constant flow of personal tax, VAT and a multitude of other taxes and levies flowing in daily.

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