Question Time

Bit of a treat last night on Question Time with a very decent panel on offer which included Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon, UK Independance Party leader Nigel Farage, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Theresa May, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti and singer Will Young. There was a lot of publicity and hype surrounding last night, with even Radio 2's Chris Evans willing viewers to tune in to see the very brave Will Young.

Will is a keen follower of politics, a degree in it to be matter of fact, but unfortunately came across as a bit of wet lettace. Not his fault, he was up against a very strong panel. He presented his thoughts on the 'snow crisis' well, but then other points were a bit fluffy. I think being put on the spot, knocked him off his balence slightly and in my opinion he looked afraid of expressing his opinion what with Ross, Brand and Thatcher all getting smacked wrists recently.

Conincidently the Thatcher debarcle was discussed, Will said that private matters should be kept private, but unfortunately in the industry he is in people want to know all about celebrity personal lives (a point which I wrote about in another blog recently.) In some cases I agree, unfortunately these dimwit celebrities don't seem to grasp that they have a responsibility. Being in the main public eye, they need to act professionally and with neutral dignity at all times, on air or not.

A number of people have blogged about last night, including Wayne at work, who enjoyed listening to Shami Chakrabarti, Heidi Stephens who loved Will Young and Jon Clements, who thought Geoff Hoon came across pretty cold.

I thought he came across pretty well. He handled the 'snow crisis' situation very well and I totally agreed with him. We haven't had snow like this for 18 years, and it's hard to plan for the weather. You simply plan to your traditional climate. Dimbleby exclaimed we needed more snow ploughs, but like we're going to spend millions upon millions on getting loads of snow ploughs which will be used once in a blue moon, and as Geoff Hoon explained, need to be replaced every 10 years anyway! If this snowfall hadn't had happened, and we found out that we had £5-10 million pounds worth of snow plough not being used just sat around, you can imagine the response!

Shami Chakrabarti did no harm to herself last night, it was good performance throughout the evening. She had researched the subjects very well and her statements were refreshingly to the point. It was good to have someone as young, passionate and energetic as Shami on board. On the flipside to that Nigel Farage didn't come across too well in my opinion. He seemed desperate to be heard, very loud, obnoxious and quite smarmy, and if he was in charge he would have had the school children marching to school digging their own way through the snow! Ba Humbug!

We've had a good run of celebrity guests, James Caan, Willie Walsh and Sainsburys boss Justin King and I enjoyed having Will Young on the show, it was good to see him have a go. If anything he boosted the profile of Question Time, and with that entice a new, fresh audience. Good for him.

1 comment:

Jon Clements said...

Woody
You've done a good appraisal of last night's programme and thanks for the link back to PR Media Blog.
One of the problems about celebrities is the rarefied atmosphere in which they live; often behaving as if they can operate outside the normal mores of society. That's ok up to a point, until they stray into the sort of areas that humbled Ross and Brand.