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Albert

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« on: May 11, 2013, 01:40:07 PM »
Any Questions - 10/05/2013 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s8vw7

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from Keele University, Staffordshire, with Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP, Commentator Christine Hamilton, Independent Columnist Yasmin Alibhai Brown and Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg MP.

I have always enjoyed Any Questions and I look forward to Any Answers? too on Saturdays. However, for the first time ever, I felt I could not listen to this one and found others things to do. What and why is Christine Hamilton there? Some sort of tentative link to the grotesque kidnaps in Cleveland maybe? Or perhaps 'famous' for being Christine Hamilton. Or perhaps just as a catalyst for Yasmin Alibhai Brown, a woman who describes herself as a very responsible person (which leaves the rest of us perhaps not so responsible).

I gave it a go but after 10-15 minutes I threw in the towel. And Saturday's afternoon started on a different radio station than usual.

Soryy to be grumpy. But just thought I'd get that off my chest.
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Tiger

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Re: Any Questions - 10/05/2013
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013, 10:09:43 PM »
Hi Albert, I am also a regular listener to Any Questions, and like you get v irritated when ill chosen guests are given airtime.

I imagine Christine Hamilton was a guest because she and her husband have flung themselves onto the UKIP bandwagon with indecent haste, recognising the media opportunity. She also appeared on This Week. I guess the BBC think they have a bit of a problem in representing UKIP (now named as the 4th party, but with no MPs) Nigel cannot be everywhere, and the same applies to Dianne James and they probably don't want to use unknowns..so that celebrity obsessed couple the Hamiltons are cashing in...I expect we will see more of this, I would not be surprised if there are some very dodgy guests in the next few weeks..we shall see?
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Re: Any Questions - 10/05/2013
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 12:40:48 AM »
Yes, I did pick up the UKIP bit during my 15 minutes or so. The Hamilton's will only depopularise UKIP. She had a chance to promote the arguments and policies of the party sensibly and only seemed interested in promoting herself. I think that is what got me. The UKIP party cannot now be ignored, although Christine Hamilton can - but she doesn't want to be.

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Re: Any Questions
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 11:37:51 PM »
Ears up! for this weeks Any Questions in Wales.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qgvj

The BBC is calling it "very spirited" it was certainly that!

Democracy should never be a quiet thing.
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Re: Any Questions
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 10:13:28 AM »
Ears up! for this weeks Any Questions in Wales.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qgvj

The BBC is calling it "very spirited" it was certainly that!

Democracy should never be a quiet thing.

It certainly was that, perhaps they need a few more mic's on the audience, I could bearly hear what they we saying but did have to put up with someone's mutterings from the panel whilst others were trying to answer?  It may be just as I was listening on headphones.

Delingpole certainly irked me for reasons I don't have time to expand on now, although will just say it seems odd to choose to have a dig at the BBC when you are answering a question dealing with images of child abuse and rape?
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 07:06:58 PM »
Delingpole certainly irked me for reasons I don't have time to expand on now, although will just say it seems odd to choose to have a dig at the BBC when you are answering a question dealing with images of child abuse and rape?

Here's the thing, Delingpole, faced with a question relating to the demands of over 100 rape crisis/counselling to close rape pornography website loopholes chooses to a) slam the BBC for showing a program such as The Fall and b) state that in the case of legal pornography that it's the responsibility of parents to police internet usage.

a) The Fall is a very disturbing drama, I don't believe it glorifies the abuse if women.  Whilst possibly(?) an extreme example - on our TV screens at least - of violence towards female victims, it at least holds a mirror up to our society and shows us things that as a supposed civilised bunch we really should be doing more to deal with it...

b) ... this does not involve asking our mothers (mines over 80!) to police the internet.  It means staring these problems in the face and dealing with it.  I am not one fond of banning or censoring things but I simply cannot see the argument for allowing images of abuse towards women to be legal.

I must also stay on my soapbox to say I am getting a little fed up with the continued use of the term child pornography, I do wish the BBC in particular would stick with 'images of abuse'... and I'm fed up with panel members saying well Google, Microsoft etc. should be able to filter/shut down these websites.  Well, yes they should but why do more not call for the creators and consumers of this stuff to be tracked down and prosecuted, you shut one site down, another will pop up, you just attempt to move the problem out of sight when again, you should be facing it down and dealing with it.  Rant over.
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