Swindon is ready to give experts a grilling on TV

This Is Wiltshire: Paul Rowley, the manager of Orchard Press in Swindon, who will take part in tonight’s Question Time on TV Paul Rowley, the manager of Orchard Press in Swindon, who will take part in tonight’s Question Time on TV

SWINDON residents will be vying for the camera, microphone and David Dimbleby’s attention this evening as the BBC’s Question Time programme comes to town.

The panel for tonight’s edition was announced yesterday, with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, Shadow Health Minister Liz Kendall, former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy, author Jeanette Winterson and philosopher Roger Scruton due to appear.

Those successful in applying for a seat in the audience have been told to arrive at the set, which will remain a secret to those not attending, for 6.30pm and expect a three-hour session before leaving shortly after 9.30pm.

The programme will air at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Those applying were required to submit two potential questions for the panellists. It is expected issues involving Swindon will be discussed by panellists during the hour-long programme.

Paul Rowley, 47, of Cirencester, is the managing director at Orchard Press in Greenbridge Road. He will be attending tonight’s recording session with a question on health issues in the town.

He said: “My question is off the back of the news this month that Swindon is the most obese town in the South West.

“Does the panel think enough children are being encouraged to participate in school sport?

“It depresses me how much obesity there is in this country.

“I want people to take notice of what is going on with kids and teens in this country.”

The audience has also been asked to have a second question ready for when they appear on the night. If Paul gets the chance, he would like to put a cat among the pigeons on the panel.

“I would ask who would like to take credit for the improvement in the economy and let them fight it out with each other over that one.”

Carol Gibbon, 60, of The Quarries, who works at the Open Door charity, wants to see some discussion around the local funding made accessible to adults with learning difficulties.

“It’s about delivering Government legislation. There is legislation in place for the training of adults with learning difficulties and the middle man, the local council, is making it very difficult to get at it,” she said.

“There are too many hoops we have to jump through to get at it.”

Himanshu Patel, 52, of Liden, works at Victoria News, has said he wants attention on business rates in Swindon.

“For small businesses I want to see a reduction of the UBR (Uniform Business Rate). They are very tough on businesses and make it difficult to expand,” he said.

“It is an obstacle. If someone brought that up I would be very happy.

“A lot of friends who also own businesses in the area have agreed with me on the business rates.”

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7:35am Thu 20 Feb 14

villageoldman says...

UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible !
UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible ! villageoldman
  • Score: 0

8:05am Thu 20 Feb 14

swindondad says...

villageoldman wrote:
UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible !
10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party.
[quote][p][bold]villageoldman[/bold] wrote: UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible ![/p][/quote]10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party. swindondad
  • Score: 18

8:20am Thu 20 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

swindondad wrote:
villageoldman wrote:
UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible !
10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party.
I think he meant they are a party full of number 2's!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]villageoldman[/bold] wrote: UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible ![/p][/quote]10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party.[/p][/quote]I think he meant they are a party full of number 2's!!!!! house on the hill
  • Score: 11

9:02am Thu 20 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Nobody is ever 'given a grilling' on Question Time. It is a BBC production, therefore there will be a left-wing bias to the audience and one, lone right-wing voice will be allowed to make a banal comment that everyone then ignores or smirks at.

Still, Charles Kennedy is always good value.
Nobody is ever 'given a grilling' on Question Time. It is a BBC production, therefore there will be a left-wing bias to the audience and one, lone right-wing voice will be allowed to make a banal comment that everyone then ignores or smirks at. Still, Charles Kennedy is always good value. ChannelX
  • Score: 9

9:50am Thu 20 Feb 14

stratton man says...

Might be interesting if the dreary local politico`s are kept away.I suspect they will take their snouts out of the trough to turn up and bore the rest of us .What do you think Ringer.
Might be interesting if the dreary local politico`s are kept away.I suspect they will take their snouts out of the trough to turn up and bore the rest of us .What do you think Ringer. stratton man
  • Score: -2

11:03am Thu 20 Feb 14

swindondad says...

house on the hill wrote:
swindondad wrote:
villageoldman wrote: UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible !
10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party.
I think he meant they are a party full of number 2's!!!!!
Thank You for that. I just laughed so hard that the tea I was drinking has spurted out of my nose.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]villageoldman[/bold] wrote: UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible ![/p][/quote]10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party.[/p][/quote]I think he meant they are a party full of number 2's!!!!![/p][/quote]Thank You for that. I just laughed so hard that the tea I was drinking has spurted out of my nose. swindondad
  • Score: 0

11:12am Thu 20 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

I wonder how many of the critics above will bother watching the programme, but it won't stop them commenting.
I wonder how many of the critics above will bother watching the programme, but it won't stop them commenting. RichardR1
  • Score: 1

11:34am Thu 20 Feb 14

The Real Librarian says...

RichardR1 wrote:
I wonder how many of the critics above will bother watching the programme, but it won't stop them commenting.
I stopped watching the program when Dimbleby started asking the audience for their views.

The audience is usually stuffed full of councilors and party members and other boring wonks. No real people at all.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of the critics above will bother watching the programme, but it won't stop them commenting.[/p][/quote]I stopped watching the program when Dimbleby started asking the audience for their views. The audience is usually stuffed full of councilors and party members and other boring wonks. No real people at all. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 8

11:58am Thu 20 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Worth a read:

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Worth a read: is.gd/nbPhfS ChannelX
  • Score: -3

12:31pm Thu 20 Feb 14

benzss says...

ChannelX wrote:
Worth a read:

is.gd/nbPhfS
Conversely

http://www.independe
nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol
itics/bbc-accused-of
political-bias--on-t
he-right-not-the-lef
t-9129639.html
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Worth a read: is.gd/nbPhfS[/p][/quote]Conversely http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol itics/bbc-accused-of political-bias--on-t he-right-not-the-lef t-9129639.html benzss
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Thu 20 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

As with many programmes today, it is just about what is going attract people to watch rather than facts or reality.
As with many programmes today, it is just about what is going attract people to watch rather than facts or reality. house on the hill
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

benzss wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Worth a read:

is.gd/nbPhfS
Conversely

http://www.independe

nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol

itics/bbc-accused-of

political-bias--on-t

he-right-not-the-lef

t-9129639.html
That's a rather amusing article.

A distinguished media professor (who by definition is likely to be left-wing) claims that the BBC has been 'pushed to the right', which, when you're significantly left-wing biased means you're only slightly less left-wing biased.

It's all rather pointless left-wing academics trying to pretend the BBC isn't biased to the left when even it's former Director General openly admits that:


“There was massive left-wing bias at the BBC”


http://www.newstates
man.com/uk-politics/
2010/09/lecture-thom
pson-bbc-interview

Ask anyone who works at the BBC to be honest about it and they'll tell you the same.

About the only thing Professor Justin Lewis got right is that the BBC is slightly less left-leaning than Channel 4 news... but, then, so was Karl Marx.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Worth a read: is.gd/nbPhfS[/p][/quote]Conversely http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol itics/bbc-accused-of political-bias--on-t he-right-not-the-lef t-9129639.html[/p][/quote]That's a rather amusing article. A distinguished media professor (who by definition is likely to be left-wing) claims that the BBC has been 'pushed to the right', which, when you're significantly left-wing biased means you're only slightly less left-wing biased. It's all rather pointless left-wing academics trying to pretend the BBC isn't biased to the left when even it's former Director General openly admits that: [quote] “There was massive left-wing bias at the BBC” [/quote] http://www.newstates man.com/uk-politics/ 2010/09/lecture-thom pson-bbc-interview Ask anyone who works at the BBC to be honest about it and they'll tell you the same. About the only thing Professor Justin Lewis got right is that the BBC is slightly less left-leaning than Channel 4 news... but, then, so was Karl Marx. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Alan B'stard says...

My question would be "why are the audience on QT so boring?"

Let's get drunk and have a disco.
My question would be "why are the audience on QT so boring?" Let's get drunk and have a disco. Alan B'stard
  • Score: 4

2:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

sheriffred says...

swindondad wrote:
villageoldman wrote:
UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible !
10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party.
Yes but only because of our ridiculous electoral system. UKIP got a million votes at the last general election (and that was before their more recent 'bounce') compared to 10 million polled by the Tories. So surely they should have a tenth of the number of MPs the Tories have?? Would mean 31 seats under PR - loads more when you take out tactical voting.

Currently polling 12pc - two more than the Lib Dems, so it could be said they're at least the number 3 party in the UK. And with the European elections round the corner (in which UKIP could well come first) surely they're worth a panellist for tonight????
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]villageoldman[/bold] wrote: UKIP is the number 2 party in the UK , so why no panelist? One question to ask , how can a council spend £400,000 on fresh air? And no one held responsible ![/p][/quote]10 political parties (and 1 independent) currently sit in the UK parliament, NONE of them are UKIP so please be careful when saying they are the number 2 party.[/p][/quote]Yes but only because of our ridiculous electoral system. UKIP got a million votes at the last general election (and that was before their more recent 'bounce') compared to 10 million polled by the Tories. So surely they should have a tenth of the number of MPs the Tories have?? Would mean 31 seats under PR - loads more when you take out tactical voting. Currently polling 12pc - two more than the Lib Dems, so it could be said they're at least the number 3 party in the UK. And with the European elections round the corner (in which UKIP could well come first) surely they're worth a panellist for tonight???? sheriffred
  • Score: 1

3:13pm Thu 20 Feb 14

swindondad says...

sheriffred,

I know what you mean. As things stand the best chance of political recognition that UKIP have is in the European Elections, which you have to admit is ironic.

Saying that I think the elections to the London assembly were held under PR but I have not had a chance to check / see how they did.
sheriffred, I know what you mean. As things stand the best chance of political recognition that UKIP have is in the European Elections, which you have to admit is ironic. Saying that I think the elections to the London assembly were held under PR but I have not had a chance to check / see how they did. swindondad
  • Score: 2

6:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

southside7 says...

Alan B'stard wrote:
My question would be "why are the audience on QT so boring?"

Let's get drunk and have a disco.
The clue is in the name
[quote][p][bold]Alan B'stard[/bold] wrote: My question would be "why are the audience on QT so boring?" Let's get drunk and have a disco.[/p][/quote]The clue is in the name southside7
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Ukip are even worse than the Tories. Who even thought that possible.
Thumbs thumbs thumbs
Ukip are even worse than the Tories. Who even thought that possible. Thumbs thumbs thumbs Davey Gravey
  • Score: -1

8:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

They are all as bad as each other in reality, just in slightly different ways. This country will recover in spite of politicians rather than because of them.
They are all as bad as each other in reality, just in slightly different ways. This country will recover in spite of politicians rather than because of them. house on the hill
  • Score: -1

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