May 28th, 2010

What Were they Thinking?

Bad Al Campbell is cock-a-hoop this morning, Downing Street refused to put up a minister against him on Question Time. Admittedly this is not a strategic error of the order of Suez, but it does provide comfort to a demoralised enemy.  Campbell feels all self-important and Downing Street looks scared, arrogant or amateurish depending on your viewpoint.

It might only be a Westminster Village story, but it seems like an unforced error.

Michael Howard shows how easy it is to effectively crush Campbell:

Ken Clarke could have done the job with ease…

UPDATE : In the comments most co-conspirators reckon Guido is wrong, typical comment (from Angelnstar)

Alastair Campbell is a discredited political figure who degrades debate. Why should anyone give this rubbishy person air time? He should be kicked off every programme, not just Question Time. …

Why should any sensible person have to waste time correcting his deluded spin, and sick fantasies, and why should they pander to his overdeveloped ego? If more people refused to appear with him, his TV time would be severely restricted. He is trash.

That may be true, nevertheless Bad Al was on television all the time during the general election and he probably cost Labour votes. He appeals to Labour’s activist headbangers and appals voters. Guido reckons the more voters see him, the more they remember why they dislike Labour…


  1. 1
    John Cipher says:

    They haven’t got enough runs to start giving away extras.

  2. 2
    Media Watch says:

    Funny how the BBC which for years didn’t mention this sort of thing becomes happy to do it now when it undermines the Tories. Bias?

  3. 3
    Mr Ned says:

    Why does ANYONE give this war-criminal’s former spin-doctor, alcoholic and depressive lying pornographer the time of day at all?

  4. 4

    Guido, I think you have this one completely wrong.
    Why would the tories give this unelected drunk pornographer equal billing with an elected minister?
    Putting aside the lies and scheming this P.O.S has participated in to enable Blair to become the richest permatan in the country and enable the porridge wogs to destroy the economy of the country of my birth.
    He is filth and should be shut out completely.

  5. 5
    john in cheshire says:

    The problem is the bbc and the sooner this new government addresses the bias and distorted view of their role in our lives, the sooner we can begin to have some respect for the organisation. If it was my decision, however, I would privatise the bbc and allow people the choice to not subscribe to their tv channels. There also needs to be competition to radio 4 and particularly the today programme, which i can’t bear to listen to these days.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Disagree, dont give them the credit. Beeb needs to put up a current person not some hasbeen.

  7. 7

    What Mr Ned said.

  8. 8
    iain says:

    I’m bored of Campbell. He was given an unwarranted prominence on that show last night, and almost a free regin to speak as long as he liked by an ineffective chairman.
    Where was the elected Labour politician, as opposed to this blowhard, who should be on trial for mass murder as opposed to be given a platform to continue his lies.
    Fuck him. Redwood was more than effective enough in taking his nonsense apart anyhow.

  9. 9
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Destroy him? Someone ask live on air how much he’d welcome an inquest into Kellys “suicide”:

  10. 10
    amongomous says:

    Bad Al is a piece of dogshit and should be in jail!
    I feel better now.

  11. 11
    purpleline says:

    Sorry Guido I disagree, I think they were correct not to go on the panel that did not contain a Labour MP or member of the shadow cabinet.

    Campbell + Morgan = BBC Biase

    What Campbell, Adonis and Mandelbum tried to do engineer a coup after the election to keep an unelected Brown in office until September then effect a coronation of another Labour leader will I hope end up in court with Treason charges.

    What I would hope is today the coalition get their side of the story out, confirm they are looking at the actions of Campbell in the period immediately before and after the general election. And they would hope to put on the statute books laws to ensure this never happens again.

    AT the moment Campbell is laughing his cock off that is what he does spinning a negative on him into some kind of triumph. However, the people are not fooled, bbc question time should get the Alex ‘Fergy’ treatment. Dimbleby over egged and allowed Campbell the floor to attack Laws and promote Labour without qualification.

  12. 12
    South of the M4 says:

    Agreed. Not an error at all. Campbell is not an elected politician, a proven liar and represents an era rejected by the country. It is ‘ new politics ‘ to kick this shit out of the way. Last nights QT was a disgrace in its bias. No 10 should make no apology and promise more of the same if any more rejected dinosaurs are wheeled out. You don’t move forward by continually revisiting the past. It is the BBC who have made the tactical error.

  13. 13
    nell says:

    Why should the government put up a minister against this unelected, lying war criminal who was bullying, harassing and smearing Dr David Kelly just before his death. A death moreover which may, later this year, be determined by a coroner as having been an unlawful killing.

  14. 14
    ripple says:

    It was “campbell time” last night.

  15. 15
    Finnpog says:

    As ‘important’ as Al Campbell is, Labour had provided no minister or elected official on the programme – arguably they were not represented other than by hired help as seen.

    In many ways I like or want to like AC. So what if he has had to tread a difficult path in his private life?

    He would be better to not play the lickspittle apologist for war criminal, oil tycoon Blair though.

    Obviously all IMO…

  16. 16
    Fred says:

    QT? Who gives a flying fuck. Format is simply a ruse for the BBC to show their self-evident pro-Labour bias and I don’t see why the Tories should play ball. Nobody watches that crap anyway, except those who already know 5 years in advance how they are going to vote. The coalition should refuse to have any further part in it and leave Labour to be on the show on their own, waffling inanely about what the Tories did next.

  17. 17
    nell says:

    And just look at that campbell, adonis,mandy and gordon – not one of them elected!

  18. 18
    Dan says:

    I agree with John. I hate the vindictive jeering that passes for journalism at BBC these days.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    I disagree too. I think it shows the Liebour party for what it is and what it has always been. Complete manipulators of the truth. How do you know when Campbell is lying? he opens his mouth.

    We all know the BBC has it’s own agenda and even now they continue with their left wing pro liebour bias. They reall do need a bomb put under them.

    I think cameron was entirely right.

  20. 20
    What were they thinking says:

    This was a major error. What they should have done was put someone up as normal and use every opportunity to remind Campbell that he is unelected and has a mandate from no one. If they were really up for it they should have asked him about the “beyond doubt” statement he inserted into the dodgy dossier and for which he is still to provide a satifactory answer to the Chilcot enquiry. He would probably be reduced to tears. Major error Dave major error !

  21. 21
    Clarence says:

    The government should have put Janice Kelly forward instead.

  22. 22
    nell says:

    Actually this incident has so clearly shown the beeb’s left wing bias and misuse of public money for their perpetual left wing propaganda that perhaps now cameron will consider them in a different light, cancel the license fee and sell off at least their current affairs and news departments which are both completely biased and worthless.

  23. 23
    Just stating the obvious says:

    I agrree….The BBC is getting above itself…why should the government put up a Senior Cabinet Minister if the Labour Opposition can’t be bothered to put up an ELECTED front bench spokesperson ? Campbell is neither elected nor as far as I know part of the shadow Cabinet so the BBC should be told that if they do the same again no Cabinet Minister will appear either. QT is a biased Labour shill anyway…so who cares about who appears on it or not.If the government refuses to put up spokesperson enough times the BBC may just get the message

  24. 24
    More Tories Please says:

    How relevant would QT become if the Government declined to put forward any minister at all?

    Why are Labour still happy for Campbell to be their “front man”? He is damaged goods, Gordon would have had more validity.

  25. 25
    fiddle sticks says:

    Good don’t blame the government why should they put up a minister to get a kicking in a ambush from a panel consisting of 2 labour/BBC extras! with the non elected puppets Campbell and moron tag teaming ! a presenter who has form with labour in the past on this programme ,Harmans touching dimbles arm to cut off Ian Duncan smith Question Time 2nd July 2009 being a classic of his work and the rest are well shall we say not representative of the common voice? then all in all a true BBC show in the best tradition on of ‘unbiased’ politics![ hahahahhaha soz the last bit kills me].

  26. 26
    Father Abraham says:

    I agree. As soon as I knew he was on I decided not to watch QT.

  27. 27
    Old Tory says:

    Why should this Government put up a Minister against Al Campbell on BBC Question Time?

  28. 28
    What were they thinking says:

    In addition whilst reminding the viewers that Campbell has no mandate from any voter, they should then have had sport with the Labour Party by asking why no elected members were thought good enough to come on .They would have had a great opportunity to ram home the obvious fact that the Labour Party have such a dearth of talent that they are hiding behind the skirts an unelected spin Doctor.

  29. 29
    Unsworth says:

    Maybe we’re into a new Golden Age, where Downing Street – the Government – does not regard it as necessary to slavishy follow and court the media, and to desperately struggle to appear everywhere, every hour of the day.

    It’s high time a Government got on with the job, rather than spending inordinate amounts of time, effort and money in presenting their various ‘messages’.

    The trouble with the last ‘Government’ was that it had not the slightest vestige of ability – yet spent all its efforts on trying to be seen as if it had.

    The mark of real expertise is to actually do things, rather than endlessly talk about doing things. Talking about it does fuck all.

  30. 30
    Mr Ned says:

    Someone tell him to his face that he, and his political philosophy have been soundly rejected and that he represents a tiny and hated dead rump of a failed party and he personally has NO credibility AT ALL! NONE!

    I object to my license fee being used to pay him a penny to spout his discredited lies on TV.

  31. 31
    Pip says:

    Well said. Now – Radio 5 Live is having a phone-in about it. I wouldn’t watch Question Time with Campbell on the panel – I wonder how many other viewers gave it a miss. Campbell shouldn’t feel cock-a-hoop about anything – he should feel ashamed for the damage he and his lying cronies have done to this country.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Campbell was just given so much time, interrupting almost every one but Dimbleby never pulled him. Complete BBC bias to put in brown’s champagne friend Morgan and Campbell.

    Campbell the guy that sent our troops to their deaths. Pity it wasn’t members of how own family, but then then army doesn’t want cowards.

    The cabal that was in downing street, brown, mandelson, balls and campbell. They ran the show.

  33. 33
    David Cameron says:

    A recent study has revealed that if your erect penis reaches your belly button while you are standing up, then it is in the top 20% in the country in terms of size, and therefore considered “a big one.”

    I wonder just how many of you will be trying this out just as soon as you can….

  34. 34
    Tony Blur says:

    Should be on trial for manslaughter!

  35. 35
    Mr Plum says:

    I’ve never really understood what Campbell is, what is his job in Labour why does he represent them on these sort of shows when he is just not a politician.

  36. 36
    Mr Ned says:

    here here

  37. 37
    The BBC is biased and pro Labour ....have you not realised that fact yet says:

    I disagree with you……You are assuming that QT is actually an unbiased current affairs programme and that the audience has not been selected for its left wing bias so it would be pointless even trying to raise such issues as Dimbleby would cut you off mid-stream whilst allowing your left wing opponents free rein.

    We should ignore the BBC moaning about this ….. they’re narked because prior to the election they were campaigning for a Hung Parliament as the best way to keep their buddies Labour in power and then when it came to it Labour saw an opportunity to rid themselves of Brown instead and refused to go into coalition and the “nasty” Tories became the government instead with LibDem help…the BBC has not recovered fully from the shock yet

  38. 38
    We're All 'Cleggons' Now says:

    “…and Downing Street looks scared, arrogant or amateurish depending on your viewpoint.”

    Rather like Dave’s cock-up in p*ssing off the 1922 Committee (a body that had already largely acquiesed to him on the Coalition) and ensuring a right winger was elected as its new Chairman.

    Who the f*ck is feeding him this crap advice? – or is ‘Bunker Mentatlity’ catching?…

  39. 39
    fiddle sticks says:

    Er so how do you get to do this? when the odds are 3 labour luvies +3 lightweights who also hate you plus a room full of students born to the rad flag cause against 1 government minister , good odds that you will be shouted down and then accused of looking weak by the beebs attack lemmings ! so a no winner really.

  40. 40
    Ben says:

    Storm in a teacup. Campbell is a twat, and treating him as such is long overdue. Although he is a malignant bully with blood on his hands, his is in essence a trivial role, and whether he’s “cock-a-hoop” or not is very small print news. He and Mandy are entering their post-power money making roles, and I like the fact that the Tories refused to appear with him. After all, it’s not clear in what capacity he was there. The bit with the picture frame at the end was a nicely out-of-touch piece of infantilism. Yesterday’s man.

    Labour must be truly in disarray, if they are happy for this superannuated liar to be their public face

  41. 41
    Loony Lefty Libcons says:

    What do you expect ? Cuddly Dave and his fluffy bunny Liberals chums are pussies.

  42. 42
    Al Campbells question Time says:

    Right Al heres one for you . What was the basis for your inclusion in the dodgy dossier that Saddams possession of WMD’s was “beyond doubt”. ?

    So far you have failed to provide an answer to this.
    Continued failure to provide a satisfactory answer leads to only one conclusion.
    You sexed it up, you and Blair misled Parliament.

    How do you sleep ?

  43. 43
    Taxfodder says:

    The BBC needs breaking up.

    Part of the problem is that like most mainstream media in the UK they have gotten used to influencing the peoples of the UK with misinformation that suits the argument they choose to represent/present.

    The BBC choose to support the socialists….they lost the argument.

    The BBC is “NOT” the voice of the UK and has no god given rights.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Dr David Kelly would have been more appropriate.

  45. 45
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    He laughing at you all because you let him.

  46. 46
    I hate New Labour says:

    Totally right.

    Not an error at all. Campbell is unelected, not in government and irrelevant.

    Why should the Tories waste their time?

    Frankly, as soon as I realised Piers Moron was on too, that was my cue to switch over before it started.

  47. 47
    Big n' Bouncy says:

    No need I ain’t got one

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    In that case the government should not put forward a representative at ANY time not just when Campbell is on. Is that what you are saying ?

  49. 49
    Jim 'Stabby' McStab says:


    Campbell is a turd. Personally, I think the Tories should have just sent in a great big steaming pile of dog shit.

  50. 50
    Mr Ned says:

    I wonder how many will be considering cosmetic surgery to have their belly button lowered?

  51. 51
    Javelin says:

    QT is ripe for the chop. What is it giving the tax payer when none of the speakers have been elected. Yet the questions don’t address that issue.

  52. 52
    Yardarm says:

    Now Labour are out of office Campbell is positioning himself as the alpha male of punditry, elbowing aside the likes of Maguire and White. The fact that the media, especially the BBC are encouraging this just goes to show what a spineless bunch of hypocrites they really are, elevating this fly blown,compromised, discredited over promoted hack, lurching belligerently around the studios like the sad piss artist he once was.

    A wiser man than I calls this Ruin but Campbell has a flaw, fatal in any spin merchant. He wants to become the news, make the news, be in it. Combine that with his past (espec Kelly ) and his self destructive personality and it may well be the downfall of him.

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    You’re wrong on this one Guido

  54. 54
    Coulson's Fucked it says:

    Thatcher Major Blair and Brown didn’t get away with dictating who could be on Question Time so why on earth would anyone think call me Dave could ?

    Because he’s got such a massive majority ?
    Because he was in the Bullingdon Club and so was Dimblebore ?
    Because he’s big and strong ?
    Try again.

  55. 55
    Ian E says:

    I hope Cameron finally gets the message that ou cannot buy off the BBC – they will never be unbiased until the viewer can vote with his funding. Scrap the licence fee, privatise the BBC and rename it the Leftie Broadcasting Company. [Sadly of course cameron is a part-paid member of the Lefties so none of this will happen on his watch, but if I were in charge of the BBC, I would be worried that time is running out.]

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    24Father Abraham says:
    May 28, 2010 at 9:29 am
    I agree. As soon as I knew he was on I decided not to watch QT.


    You’re not the only one

  57. 57
    Lee says:

    Week of the Queens Speech.
    First Chance to get their message across about all the new measures in it.
    They blew it.

  58. 58
    angelnstar says:

    I actually don’t agree with you on this. Alastair Campbell is a discredited political figure who degrades debate. Why should anyone give this rubbishy person air time? He should be kicked off every programme, not just Question Time. (They are not kicking him off Q.T. sadly. But they should.)

    Why should any sensible person have to waste time correcting his deluded spin, and sick fantasies , and why should they pander to his overdeveloped ego? If more people refused to appear with him, his TV time would be severely restricted. He is trash.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Is Campbell worthy of anyone getting out of bed for? He is just a spin merchant, hardly a substantial figure.

  60. 60
    barefootcontessa says:

    The BBC are in thrall to Evilali. Have ‘phoned countless times to complain about his ‘appearance’ on radio. Since we all pay for the BBC, and he tried to destroy the BBC, I think we have a right to complain. Nothing is bad enough for that lying t.rd. He epitomises the worst of Newlabour. He must have ‘something’ on ‘someone’ in the BBC? I didn’t watch ?time either. Enjoyed the Eurovision song contest – more stimulating!

  61. 61
    Rip Van Winkle says:

    Exactly. All I ever hear from Aljabeeba is how wonderful it is and what a ‘commercial’ success it is. Well, if that’s the case and 90 odd per cent couldn’t live without it then how about becoming a Big Boy’s Dave TV and charge subscribers £12 a month to watch. Voluntarily £12 a month that is.

    It gives their board the power of pricing, something they are always moaning about. they could increase it to £15, £20, £25 or £50, just like Sky. And then have to compete.

    They wouldn’t last 5 minutes.

  62. 62
    I hate New Labour says:

    Gordon Brown hasn’t bothered to show up at Parliament since the election, so why should the Tories bother to make an appearance at a Labour-biased, largely unwatched, television programme?

  63. 63
    alan bread says:

    I don’t know, let question time go to the wall, people will soon tire of the parade of unelected hasbeens and idiotic motor mouths like Piers Morgan.

  64. 64
    Shoot yourself in the foot says:

    if it’s communications then it’s Coulson

  65. 65
    Peasant says:

    Call-Me-Dave is showing that he is just an amateur with no clue about how to do things. God help us at the next international conference, halfway through CMD will disappear only later to be found squatting in a corner sucking his thumb and asking for matron.

  66. 66
    Mr Bum says:

    Why did the Tories want their own Campbell in Coulson ?
    Guido at least knows this was a fuckup while some still have their head in the sand.

  67. 67
    Rip Van Winkle says:

    The Tories should simply boycott the programme ………… period.

  68. 68
    SadButMadLad says:

    There’s the other side of the coin. That’s that the BBC chose Al Campbell knowing that it would cause problems for N10, and then it can be highlighted to show that the BBC is non-political. When in actual fact that were being very political in selecting Al in the first place.

  69. 69
    amongymous says:

    If everyone who reads this blog wrote to TV companies to explain they would boycott watching any show which is scheduled to invite the lying git on it might get some traction – a discredited spin-doctor for the worst PM in decades, implicated in taking us into a war which killed hundreds of thousands… how can it be acceptable for him to appear on every damn show. I’d rather they send on sarah hamster tether or polly “italian villa” toynbee.

  70. 70
    Post-Election Frolics says:

    Surely some cancer cells could start invading Campbell’s insides. A slow painful death is the least he deserves.

  71. 71
    Liberal Dave says:

    They don’t need to put a minister up and they didn’t.
    If they want to look like cowards against scum like Campbell then that’s entirely Liberal Dave’s choice. He can do it week after week if he wants but Mr Fawkes knows what that means even if you don’t.

  72. 72
    pete-s says:

    They did the right thing, boycott the useless show, which is biased from audience to chairman to questions.

  73. 73

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

    Brilliant stuff Guido.
    10 out of 10 for the sheer comedy value you knew would ensue.
    More please.

  74. 74
    Just stating the obvious says:

    As opposed to McTwat you mean who of course made an art of awkardness and upsetting people at such conferences whilst people openly laughed behind his back and regarded him as a complete idiot who kept spouting meaningless “tractor stas” about how he’d saved the world before leading them into a guided tour of the conference suite’s broom cupboard

  75. 75
    tardkiller says:

    yes, Bad Al can be destroyed, but the problem is the ormat and ‘loading’ against the eeeeevil tories by the bbc, it wasn’t just Bad Al, Morgan is a NuLab throbber too.

    Wisely dodged this one, they should’ve given yr contact details Guido

  76. 76
    Tapestry says:

    Cameron needs to learn to love democracy or give way.

    He tried to hamstring his own backbench MPs in the 1922 negotiations. Now he won’t go into live TV or permit his MPs to do so. By trying to suppress debate and opposition, he is actually making it worse.

    He hoped to line the party with cloned A List MPs, and set them up in the top 100 target seats.

    Due to Labour’s postal vote scams these candidates lost and Labour held the marginals.

    As a result, Cameron has a different bunch altogether from the MPs he planned. The current lot are the independent-minded from outlier target seats, who were not expected to win, where Labour thought they were safe, and didn’t run enough postal voting scams.

    Cameron s obviously not feeling comfortable with his own Parliamentary Party and is trying to scotch debate and opposition. The Euro crisis is close to bursting. Maybe he’s mindful of events about to break, but his whole approach is wrong, as is Europe’s.

    The EU has to admit the PIIGS are bust, let them default, withdraw from the Euro and relaunch their national currencies, writing off most of their debts. This is sovereign default time. The longer it is put off, the worse it will get. I am not surprised Cameron is shitting himself, but the situation has to be dealt with.

    Someone has to be the first to say it – The Emperor’s Got No Clothes.

    With the Euro collapsing, what better person than to come in to pick up the pieces in Britain but Ken Clarke. The Osborne/Cable axis will be overwhelmed.

  77. 77
    barefootcontessa says:

    Essentially Evilali is a masochist. He doesn’t care about what is being said, only that he is being talked about, that is the oxygen of his life. He is offensive, and I find it totally wrong that the BBC continue to be in thrall to him. Has he got something on Dimbleby? The Tories were quite right in not putting up a representative. He is an insult to all of us who pay our licence fee. Who was it who tried to destroy the BBC?

  78. 78
    Goose Sauce says:

    so is Coulson since he was hired specifically to be Dave’s own Campbell

  79. 79
    Tapestry says:

    plus John Redwood.

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    I normally watch the repeat on Sunday evening on Parliament Channel but as Campbell and Morgan are showing giving it a miss will be in order.

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    lolol says:

    what the fuck were they thinking!!
    selecting someone political for their prime political debate show????

  82. 82
    bergen says:

    I think it was right to put down a marker that the BBC should not assume that it can continue to call its pro-labour shots without challenge but I doubt whether this was the right occasion to do it.

  83. 83
    Sir William Waad says:

    Could it be a good idea consistently not to appear on shows where Campbell is performing? It might make the media boffos less keen to give him airtime.

  84. 84
    Lizzie says:

    I take the view that Campbell should “go quietly into that good night”. During the general election campaign, there he was large as life, this man who has brought politics into disrepute. He should move on, his party are in opposition and his opinion doesn’t matter to most people in the country. Campbell is a has-been, and I don’t think anyone in Britain will thank him for getting us into the Iraq war.

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    Agree the problem is the BBC’s – not the tories’. If this sort of trifle is what the BBC now thinks is ‘a story’ it really is no longer fit for purpose. I am pleased the tories are sending the BBC the message that they are not at the beck and call of the BBC. The boot is on the other foot, and the BBC knows it.

  86. 86
    null says:

    Not like Andy Coulson!!! Dave is so wonderful when he smiles.

  87. 87
    pete-s says:

    Campbell did succeed and has destroyed the Beeb, it is totally infiltrated with PC lefties to this day.

  88. 88
    Mike Giggler says:

    There was a young man of Nantucket
    Whose pr*** was so long he could s**k it
    Said he with a grin
    As he tickled his chin
    “If my ear were a c***, I would s**k it.”

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Guys, Guido is right. Whatever you think about the BBC’s alleged bias and Bad Al, if the Coalition hasn’t got the guts, the ability or the humility to field someone to deal with the BBC’s alleged bias and Bad Al, it really is not fit to be in government. A Coalition own goal.

    On BBC bias, if the arguments are right, they will prevail and in their own way expose the BBC for what it is. I don’t think it is biased, but even if it is, I am comfortable that the Coalition / Tory party have a philosophy and the ability capable of prevailing. After all, it was Tory party philosophy that the world followed after Thatcher, the Blair government emulated and it was us what won the Cold War. The natural party of government wins in the long run.

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    Animal says:

    Apparently he is a senior figure in the party, which should make anyone paying the subs to that bunch feel deeply ashamed.

    Why Campbell is still given airtime is bewildering. He has no credibility, is a serial liar and single-handedly shoved politics into the sewers. I can see why he went on QT though; Liebore have no-one else to put in front of a camera. Harman is woeful and the rest of the old Cabinet are either squabbling over the vacant leader position, no longer an MP or licking their wounds after being kicked out of office. He’s the only one remotely capable of stringing a coherent sentence together.

    But Downing Street is very wrong to start trying to dictate terms to the BBC. It’s heavy-handed and is no more than the sort of behaviour Campbell would indulge in. We all complained when Liebore tried to bully the broadcaster – usually via Campbell – and this Government should not adopt the same tactics. Downing Street should instead simply inform QT whenever Campbell is on a panel then no Cabinet Minister is available and leave it at that – the producers will soon realise what they have to do to get a decent panel together.

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    NBeale says:

    Now that they are in government Cabinet Ministers really have better things to do than appear opposite an un-elected has-been who has no official position in the Labour party, but a book to promote.

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    nimeataur says:

    the panel was a leftist bbc set up two anti coalition tories then piers and alistair compound this with this week hazel blears and david davis the bbc is anti go verement it was a set up panel which descended into a shambles wherever campbell goes shit stirs the lib cons did well to stay clear

  93. 93
    nell says:

    THe labour Party didn’t put up an elected senior spokesperson – they put up alastair campbell and piers morgan – exactly the ugly unpopular face of the last labour government that lost them the election.

    If labour really want to regroup they’ve got to start putting up a better front than that and be able to start talking about what they stand for other than bashing all the other political parties and trying, as alastairc keeps doing, to justify the lies they told to get us into the Iraq War.

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    Limpservative Dave and his boy wonder Clegg says:

    He won’t.
    Dave is a wet as a dishcloth lefty relying on his Liberal chums to tell the right wing to fuck off while he moulds his new model Green Tory Party into New Labour 2.0

    He’s about as likely to scrap the NHS or say climate change isn’t real.

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    pmt008 says:

    Personally, I am all in favour of the decision not to send a cabinet minister. Unfortunately, the way the BBC have phrased it it came across as more of a challenge to their independence than the government saying that if the opposition weren’t going to send a member of the shadow cabinet then they wouldn’t dignify Campbell with equating him to one and so didn’t send a minister.
    That said, as has been pointed out, Ken Clarke could have dealt with Campbell and they did miss the opportunity to point out that Labour couldn’t be bothered to send an MP, let alone a shadow cabinet member, on what has been declared the “most important week of the political year”.

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    lolol says:

    Seems to me,that AlJaBeeb are trying to keep the now nonentity ali bongo in the spotlight,until such time the Liebour Hydra grows another ball/head and is ready to use the shite again,if Ali Bongo the nonentity is left out of the public view then he’s finished as it would take a long time to reestablish himself again.

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    moonbeam says:

    Yes they should.
    There’s no downside to that at all.

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    nell says:

    I see the beeb is taking a hammering over this on its own QT website.

    Nearly every commentator is criticising them for having the unpopular unelected alastairc and piersmorgan hasbeens on as labour party mouthpieces and asking why the beeb didn’t invite a senior elected member of the labour party to properly represent them.

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    Why do the BBC kiss Campbell’s backside when he did so much to destroy it? It’s like they have this wierd “kick me again, oh master, thank you” attitude. I’ve read about people like that. They have their own magazines. It think theirs is called the Radio Times.

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Absolutely, what the government has done , is made the issue of bbc bias a major talking point and reinforced what is now a widely held view, that change at the bbc is neccessary and desirable !

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    The BBC is biased and pro Labour ....have you not realised that fact yet says:

    What I’m saying is that IF the Labour Opposition declines to put up a front bench spokesperson preferring to have a discredited unelected spokesperson representing them instead(and they wonder why people didn’t vote for them?) then the government should refuse to put up a Cabinet Minister.If Labour put up a front bench spokesperson then fair enough the government will put up a Cabinet Minister.The government should make that crystal clear to the BBC….like for like…if the government sticks to it even the BBC will begin to get the message

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    Heir to Blair says:

    what ? like giving out Horse racing predictions ?
    Real fucking serious and not pandering to the media at all.

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    RavingMad says:

    I was aware of the make up of QT but not so of the government’s withdrawal. I wake to find the little world in turmoil. My only comment on this is that this is just further proof that the bbc should be closed down immediately.

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    angelnstar says:

    Not only should Tories refuse to share air space with Ali C on Question time, NO Tory should share ANY space with him on ANY tv programme. Maybe that way we will be spared his disgusting spin, lies and evasions for good. And we can never rely on him not appearing on these programmes for decency’s sake, because who ever saw trash taking itself out?

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    It was a lose-lose as soon as Crooked Mouth managed to wangle his way onto the show in a Labour slot. This is the lesser of two evils. Giving Crooked Mouth the implicit status of a Labour frontbencher or parity with a Cabinet minister would have been far more damaging….it’s called ‘rising to the bait’.

    It would have been appropriate if Crooked Mouth had been the rent-a-pundit, but he wasn’t, so it wasn’t. That’s what Downing Street were complaining about.

    A lesson for the BBC as well. QT should be a serious political discussion programme, not the joke it is evolving into.

    One of Crooked Mouth’s last outings, I suspect. Chilcot is going to bury him.

    (Crooked Mouth is Gaelic for ‘Campbell’…caimbeul, an Early Modern Irish or Gaelic by name meaning wry mouth, crooked mouth or twisted mouth, which refers to “the man whose mouth inclined a little on one side” or a dishonest person. )

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    Heir to Blair says:

    Like the Cameroons are

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    Maximus says:

    On the contrary, it would do very well. The BBC brand is arguably in the Top 5 in the world for recognition and loyalty – and the world does not stop at the Channel. This in itself is a strong reason to privatize the BBC. If the goodwill is not found to exceed the asset value, then someone will have fouled-up the privatization big-time.

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    nimeataur says:

    you a peasant alright if you lie down with dogs you pick up fleas the tories were righ to boycott this pro gramme with its leftie chairman it should be scrapped

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    nell says:

    Given the mess labour have left the country in, perhaps No.10 rightly felt it’s Ministers had more important work to do than to send one of them to a 2nd rate, biased tv show to debate with an unelected, discredited, lying, unsuccessful spin doctor who isn’t even liked, let alone respected, by most of the current labour party!

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    Tiger Komich says:

    A better idea to consistently appear on shows where Campbell
    is performing and confront and defeat his argument.
    Not sure the Tories have anyone good enough.
    Or at least haven’t identified him/her yet.

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    Trev says:

    I agree with nimeataur below.

    Why be a party to the aggrandising of Campbell?

    The govt are not dictating – the BBC can put who they like up for the overrated QT, the govt do not have to accept. WHY no lab front bencher. WHY give campbell publicity as he is publishing his book. WHY have campbell at all after his history of bullying the BBC (remember the Kelly affair?)

    3 cheers to the govt. Who needs QT? after all its 5 years to an election and the tories have just stormed to victory in the remaining GE seat.

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    Anonymous says:

    Presumably this was some ‘parity of esteem’ issue and I can understand why the Government wouldn’t really want to match up a cabinet minister against a Labour party spin doctor. But in declining to do so it has managed to look as if it’s running scared from yesterday’s man and to be interfering with the BBC’s editorial freedom. It’ll all be forgotten in a day or two but it seems an unnecessary tiff.

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    nimeataur says:

    campbell is old politics lies and deceit treat the public like fools close this biased show

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    Madme Defarge says:

    I don’t think they blew it. There are many other platforms for them apart from Question Time which, although popular, is not a major draw. This programme was also seen to have a very left wing audience almost consistently throughout at least the past year.

    It is also highly unprofessional of them to give away who turned down an appearance and why – in fact the reason may not have been what Campbell is spinning anyway – remember he eats, breathes and shits spin.

    The BBC are on the back foot now. No 10 holds the power to their future and they know it.

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    Public Lavatory Attendant says:

    SkyNews ‘Replace St George With Guido Fawkes”

    Hear Hear it’s long overdue

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    I hate New Labour says:

    Blew what?

    Remember Labour did not put a single elected member of their party on QT. The Tories at least had Redwood. Who *was* elected.

    Apart from the absurd lefties, I doubt anyone will think the Tories did anything unreasonable here.

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    John "Tony Is Still Queen" Rentboy says:

    Campbell is nothing more than a loud-mouthed piss-artist whose day has gone. Probably he will end up writing more smutty letters for the dirtymac brigade who “read” Forum

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    Cleggeron says:

    and they had two for the coalition
    if they were shit then Dave shouldn’t have thrown his toys out of the pram

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    Maladroit Labour Chump ( & trainee bigot ) says:

    QT has practically become a receptacle for Liebour’s lunatic lefties. Last night you had Piss Organ and Alyingstare Campbell still claiming that the Conservatives had lost the Election and that really the Country had voted for more loony Left policies because the LibDems and Liebour had got more votes than the Tories.

    Liebour is still in denial. I think Downing Street were right to absent themselves from QT. If you’re busy trying to save the economy why waste time on the Biased Broadcasting Corporation ?

    Incidentally, have a look at the application form to attend QT

    They want to know your political affiliation: as soon as you put ‘Conservative’ you’ve got no chance. I suppose you can always do what Alyingstare Campbell does and just lie on the dossier form.

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    Stepney says:

    Remember what the Duke said “When you hear the telephone ring it’s a request to talk to you, not an order. If it’s inconvenient don’t bother to answer it”.

    Same goes for QT.

    When the BBC call IT’S NOT AN ORDER to attend. If it’s inconvenient or you don’t wish to be a part of Ali Campbell’s book launch publicity carnival, then you are quite at liberty to tell them to fuck off.

    Which No 10. did.

    And I’d like to see a few more examples of when the BBC click their fingers a few more people give them two fingers back.

    Last time I looked they weren’t fucking running the country…

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    I hate New Labour says:

    I don’t agree with the update.

    You don’t see Thatcher much these days, but she’s still brought up as some kind of antichrist by the mad socialists.

    The spectre of Brown, Blair, Mandleson, Campbell etc. will live long in the memory…

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    Madme Defarge says:


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    Oh Guido! Why do you tease them so ?
    Superb. Please do this every day.

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    nimeataur says:

    this programme and the beeb are out to destroy the coalition the producer and dimble by should be sacked , they try to skew the agenda, the go vernment is on to them suspend this programme- bile mongerers maguire , morgan, and campbell should be binned ,we need some grown up even handed ness the g vernment should sterr clear of this programme it would soon wither off

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    Stepney says:

    They may think they are of course. But they aint.

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    Praguetory says:

    We’re no longer in election mode.

    The government is prepared to break a few eggs to make an omelette.

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    Angelnstar completely misses the point. On purpose.
    I have a feeling that poster is the shoe polisher Andy Coulson.
    Alistair Campbell is a war criminal who falsified documents which led to this country illegally invading another sovereign state.
    And the Conservatives fell for it hook line and sinker.
    Not only did the Tories fall for Campbell’s lies and fraudulent documents but even worse: more Tories voted for the illegal invasion than Labour MPs.
    When it comes to illegal invasions and occuptions, the current one being in Afghanistan, the Conservative and Labour parties are as
    thick as thieves.

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    RavingMad says:

    oh that’s right 54

    Bliar and Campbell had nothing to do with the sacking of Greg Dyke and resignation of Gavin Davies. Just like they had nothing to do with Dr Kelly’s ‘suicide’ Since when the bbc have become a state owned subsiduary of the fucking labour party

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    purpleline says:

    Have you ever thought for a moment that Cameron needs to show a division with the 1922 committee for political purposes to always have a bargaining chip when Clegg and Libdems push. Having Brady and a hard 1922 committee will be very useful to cameron and when push comes to shove they can let 1922 rip and distance themselves from the coalition to go to the next election in a much stronger position retaining the right.

    I think they are playing it right the only losers will be the lib dems who fall by the wayside Menzies Campbell, Vince Cable, Simon Hughes, Kennedy
    who will go further to the left.

    I believe Cameron needed the coalition to rule Scotland it gave them some legitimacy, the task now is to decide whether to let Scotland go it alone or make a big push in Scotland by giving them some goodies to get support

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    Jack Ketch says:

    Avoiding the emotional responses and trying to “big up” each others differing political perspective I would say it’s half and half..the main point seems to be that if the main opposition failed/declined to put up a front bench spokesperson but was happy to allow an unelected person to represent thme why should the BBC expect the Government to put up a Cabinet Minister….Campbell is not really the issue per se…although I think Labour would do well to ensure that he is not seen as representing them in future…he has too much “baggage”…they need a clean break from the past if they are to be electable again

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    nell says:

    Nope I leave compulsive lying to people like alastairc – he’s a master at uit!

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    Mr Plum says:

    I think it would have been ok with Campbell on the show if they had put a shadow labour mp on there as well as.
    The beeb have the right to invite who they want, perhaps they will put in on earlier now they have not got to protect labour

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    Limpservative Dave and his boy wonder Nick says:

    It was call me Dave who threw his toys out the pram and demanded they remove Cambell or they wouldn’t put Laws on. The BBC told him to fuck off as Number 10 has never been able to dictate who could go on the show.

    The error was Number 10’s as Mr Fawkes rightly realised.

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    Mower man says:

    ‘They’ got their message across very well

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    Maximus says:

    I would have enjoyed sending along a tortoise shell (fake ok) with the name Humphrey on it.

    (Perhaps the Blue Peter tortoise of that name is before Guido’s time?)

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    Cleggeron says:

    Nope they are about even on there too. You’re still talking shit.

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    Grandma says:

    I think the Tories were right not to put up a Minister against Campbell as he’s a nobody, but what I want to know is, who has been paying Campbell’s salary for the past couple of years?

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    I think this government should treat the Labour Party in much the same way as all the parties treat the B&P. Just refuse to appear on the same platform as the murdering war criminals who trashed the economy and allowed an open immigration policy for the sake of votes.

    Don’t share a platform with traitorous dogs that are socialists end of!

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    Mr Plum says:

    Wondered if they campbell supplied the audience as well judging be the clapping when he opened his gob

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    Ted Bundy says:

    The problem is that his political philosophy was not rejected by that much and the Tories although the biggest party didn’t get an all out win. The Labour party have actually managed to crash land and remain reasonably intact despite being the absolute worst ever Government. No John Major style wipe out which they very richly disserved. This is because the modern Conservative party is patently pretty lacklustre and very elitist from ordinary people. I think once the honeymoon period is over the corrosion will set in pretty quickly already there are a few whiffs of sleaze floating on the air. With a proper leader the Conservatives should have scored a spectacular victory completely routing Labour.

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    Just stating the obvious says:

    The BBC seem to enjoy “sneering” at the coalition but cannot come up with a better solution to govern the country .They also forget that they more than most have a responsibility for the present state of affairs.They were extolling the virtues of a “Hung Parliament” for weeks prior to the election.They of course expected that there would be a Lib-Lab coalition and were bitterly disappointed when Labour refused to join….they are still living the fantasy…A Progressive Alliance of the Left..Labour/Lib-Dems and the BBC governing together in harmony..that’s why they’re now going for PR in a big way…another fuck-up waiting to happen

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    Gordon ( SoldGoldAtThe ) BottomBrown says:

    Why is Campbell on Question Time ?

    If the BBC always reserve a seat on the panel for a bullying, demented, Marxist loser with psychological problems who is also a pathological liar they can invite me.

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    Just stating the obvious says:

    Now now Sir Trev…You forget that apparently none of the contenders for the Labour leadership actually agreed with the Iraq War and were against it….a small point though is that they didn’t abstain or vote against it either

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    Grandma says:

    Where is Mandy?

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    Mower man says:

    The ‘ineffective chairman’ is so past it, last week with Merde Hasan was as bad, he needs retirement,

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    Frank says:

    You can go back at least 36 years as far as the ‘chosen’ audience is concerned. In the 70’s QT was famous for rent a mob.

    “What are the panels views on the exploitation of labour by capital” accompanied by loud cheering and clapping” I kid you not. Never watched it since.

    Good move to refuse a Minister unless matched.

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    Coulson's fucked it says:

    You just contradicted yourself dumbass.
    If it was fully paid up to Labour the warcriminals wouldn’t have needed to go apeshit and get Dyke sacked would they ? Oh that’s right the Conservatives only started to complain about BBC Bias since Dyke went because before that they thought they were unbiased did they ? Of course they fucking didn’t you cretin. They said it 20 years ago and they’ll say it 20 years from now. It’s what they do. So pull the other one chump.

    And that has nothing to do with the long standing QT policy which Thatcher and Major abided by so try again fuckwit.

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    I did NOT have sex with THAT Dossier says:

    He probably gatecrashed the studio like he did Channel Four News when he tried to defend the indefensible and caused the death of a better man than himself because of his insane accusations/ramblings

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    Carry On Don't Lose Your Head (1967) says:

    Indeed, Mr Ned. Campbell’s psyche is clearly a little fragile, as demonstrated on the panel last night. In between spouting his breath taking spin (literally, if you were an Iraqi, there’s a good chance he helped take your breath away), he appeared, fleetingly, on the verge of bursting into tears. Especially when asked about how happy he would be for his kids to have died to get Saddam. Why the BBC believes he adds to a reasoned debate about anything is a mystery.

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    Even I agreed with taking down Saddam, I didn’t agree with the lying, cheating and deceitful way Blair and Campbell went about it.

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    Perhaps the government should have put up an Elvis impersonator…..

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    Popeye says:

    Lets face it Campbell is a sicko on an ego trip, best treatment, ignore him and he;ll go away.

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    Ministry of Truth Watcher says:

    Equally the BBC cannot dictate that the Government put up a Minister either for their biased programme,the whole point of which was to attack the Coalition Government for attempting to sort out the mess left behind by Campbell’s chums

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    rofl says:

    they did

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    RavingMad says:

    the newoldnewold labour treason stasi party had not one representative in the HoC the other evening for the debate on the queens speech – the opposition benches were empty – they are so worried about their own party, more worried about that than the state of the country

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    Unsworth says:

    Oh, so that was the sum total of the interview?


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    Unsworth says:

    Depends where you keep your penis, doesn’t it?

    If it’s growing out of your head you’ve got a real storage problem.

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    Unsworth says:

    I’d settle for a quick, relatively painless, death – just as long as it happens to Campbell very soon.

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    council lad says:

    spot on

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    Desperate Dan says:

    Question Time couldn’t find any elected politicians to go on their silly irrelevant programme so they thought they’d invite a Cabinet Minister on. No. 10 was quite right to tell them f**k off.

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    Big Ted says:

    Why feed the BBC what it wants? No need to play along with them now, deny them an ‘in’ to the government which they always had with Lab, squeeze the reportage life blood from them and then start with the business of removing their licence fee tribute.

    Bring a bill in for a commission to examine the licence fee and have the cash redistributed to ITV and C4 before scrapping it.

    Having watched the BBC reports on the new Govt proposals for the last week they will never change and alweays be the broadcasting wing of the Labour Party.

    One report on the immigration cap, telling us all how wonderful immigration has been and how the cap will probably destroy society.

    The other on public sector cuts, completely bias suggesting they will destroy Sheffield in a focused ‘report’

    Deny them access to Govt, and then cut off their head.

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    Limpservative Dave and his boy wonder Nick says:

    They didn’t dictate anything.
    They asked for a minster as they do every single week and Number 10 said no and dictated not unless they remove Campbell. So there was no Minister.
    Which still left a Liberal and Conservative to speak up for the coalition.

    If they were crap and it left Dave looking like a coward then that’s down to Dave.

    Guido had it right.

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    barefootcontessa says:

    Evilali is simply – mad.

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    Mr Plum says:

    Thirsk & Malton Result 2005
    CONSERVATIVES 20.167 (52.9%) 25,702 (51.9%)
    LIB DEMS 8,886 (23.3%) 9,314 (18.8%)
    LABOUR 5,169 (13.5%) 11,585 (23.4%)
    UKIP 2,502 (6.6%) 1,522 (3.1%)

    One last childish gloat

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    Unsworth says:

    Campbell doesn’t do logical debate. He does do smear, lie and innuendo quite well, though.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Better to have unelected people who can say what they like, rather than bloody elected politicians.

    (I mean journos and celebs here, doesnt really matter about professional politicians, they’ll make the same lines).

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    council lad says:

    dont forget labour had the BBC fighting 24/7 for their cause

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    Unsworth says:

    Who do the BBC think they are? Why should any of us listen to their garbage output?

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    Maximus says:

    Is your point that socialism is natural, or degenerate?

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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Oh sweeet merciful Jesus!!! they’re back!!
    Please Guido! no more! this is fucking sidesplitting.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    The BBC can’t bring themselves to broadcast this result except in the vaguest possibly way and without mentioning that the Labour vote halved .

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    Gonk says:

    Learn to love Campbell, Balls(and Yvette)
    etc. That way they can easily be defeated.
    As soon as I see opponents facing them steaming and
    frothing I know the argument’s lost.
    Toby Young beat Balls the other day by
    being well briefed and staying calm. Oh and being right.

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    Sheik Madik says:

    Given the shit NuLab have dumped the country in, I want ministers at work 24/7 sorting it. Not on QT.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    In addition to all his other mental problems Campbell must also be self-delusional if he thinks he’s got anything to be cock-a-hoop about.

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    bird wsb says:

    I switched off withing five minutes. But I don’t think bad Al is going to be so welcome once the new Labour leader has been elected. Whoever it is would be stark staring mad to allow him to represent them on the media. I think Mr Cambell is heading for the political dustbin, and probably he know it, hence his totally inappropriate and alienating aggressive style – frustration personified.

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    I haven’t watched Question Slyme for months, it makes me so angry and for a large part the audience is full of cocky 18 year old Labour activists who I can smell a mile off, I also happen to loathe any youth that becomes involved in socialism.

    The same thing with Newsnight, Ive given it up as a yawnfest!

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    Guido tries a U-Turn mid post says:

    Oh noes!! I’ve upset the windowlickers
    I didn’t mean it really

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    Agree. The BBC played a bitchy little game. Send a minister and it would look like Campbell had credibility, refuse to go on and the BBC would yell “interference”. Since the Conservatives are too polite, I will tell the BBC what to do. Grow up. Invite a credible elected Labour politician and stop grovelling to the butt-end of the Labour party, if you don’t want to be seen as nothing but their creature.

    If Labour can only send Campbell, thank them but explain that you have to offer a balanced panel drawn from the spectrum of British public life. Morgan and Hastings were in reasonable contrast. Kramer least stood for office. Redwood goes out of his way to communicate with the wider public.

    Inviting Campbell was like trying to have the new husband’s ex-girlfriend on the top table at the wedding, spitting and boozily yelling “It shouldda been me”. Deliberately rude to invite him in the first place.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    He’s a politician. Just like the rest, but he can’t be arsed pretending that he cares about any damn constituents.

    In a normal state of affairs labour would hand him a safe seat, and he’d shake two or three people’s hands every year. Probably never go to a shcool fete though.

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    Just stating the obvious says:

    They had to lie because they realised that they could not get the vote through authorising Parliament the conflict otherwise. As far as the yanks were concerned it was always about “Regime Change”.Blair knew that he could not get that through Parliament and so came up with the “Dodgy Dossier Scam” and the “Forty Five Minutes”.. spurious WMD claim…..all the rest as they say is history…the only winner in the conflict was Iran who emerged stronger and the key player in the region. It was the wrong war against the wrong enemy and as a result of taking on Saddam who had nothing at all to do with 9/11 we allowed the Taliban to regain their presence in Afghanistan to our cost in the lives of men and expenditure and with no clear exit strategy still in sight after 9 years

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    Hang The Bastards says:

    Campbell is a war criminal. He should be HUNG !

    he is the scum of the earth & I didnt watch QT as the chite out of his mouth is wholly unbelieveable.

    Isnt it time he had another breakdown…. he’s a deluded mental headcase. He should be sectioned for our own good.

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    Keith Joseph's Preserved Pulsing Head says:

    As I said on here last night on another thread –

    This may be a cunning plan…..

    Yeah Yeah the BBC have made its stand we want Al and throwing its toys out of its pram

    But in the end the BBC knows it needs cabinet ministers on air and the next time they put a panel together they’ll think twice about having Campbell becuase they don’t want to loose say Osborne or Hague….

    With luck the only BBC show he’ll get on is Strictly Come Dancing

    And by the way – he really is truly odious take up the BNP’s idea set up a camp on South Georgia specially for Al

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    Engineer says:

    QT last night wasn’t particularly informative. Campbell used it to hog the limelight, behaving with his usual boorishness by interrupting and talking over other panellists. The points he made were shallow and cheap, and on the (broadly irrelevant to the questions of the day) subject of Iraq, just used the programme for self-justification, turning it into a personal argument with Piers Morgan which illuminated nothing. Dimbleby allowed this to go on far too long.

    John Redwood, Susan Kramer and Max Hastings conducted themselves with dignity, in marked contrast to Campbell and Morgan, and did debate the questions the audience put, when they weren’t being interrupted by Campbell.

    I think Campbell is just a media whore who loves the sound of his own voice. I can’t understand why Labour allow him to carry on in public like he does, he discredits them every time he opens his mouth. Most people, apart from blinkered Labour drones, don’t believe a word he utters anyway.

    The government are right to refuse him the opportunity to discuss anything with elected politicians. Debate should be informative, Campbell reduces it to trivia and smearing. The BBC (and others) should quietly drop Campbell – he is yesterday’s man, an unelected, discredited mouth.

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    Confucious he say says:

    Never mud wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig likes it.

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    Keith Joseph's Preserved Pulsing Head says:

    And I would LOVE to see him on Strictly…..

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    Big Bazongas says:

    Hang on, John Rentboy. Campbell has another, not inconsiderably stain on his cv. He has the blood of Dr Kelly on his hands. Not literally, of course, but his disgusting machinations, which make Machiavelli look like Andy Pandy, were clearly a major factor in the lies spread by the pliable Bliar by way of the dodgy dossier and its effects on the decent, quiet and unassuming doctor. Even scum like Campbell must have some morsels of the horror he helped unleash reverberating around inside his alcohol-addled skull. He is a disgrace to decent society and I hope the bastard dies in agony. Fuck you, Alastair, and everything you represent.

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    Liberal Dave says:

    Labour can put up who they like in opposition as could the Conservatives.
    And the Conservatives can have on whoever they like as last night proved.
    But if they don’t have the balls to face scum like Campbell they look like cowards and their Ministers don’t get to put their message across.

    On Iraq only complete morons believed Blairs Lies.
    Lies the Heir to Blair Dave believed because he is a complete moron.

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    Engineer says:

    Agree entirely. (I’ve just been moderated for expressing the same opinion – didn’t even use any swear words, either!)

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    Biffo says:

    Heh fatboy, first the apologies for war criminal scum Campbell, next you’ll be making apologies for child murdering scum IDF. Hang on. Couldn’t you do something useful, like 200lbs of tallow?

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    Stepney says:

    I’d have preferred it if No.10 had released a press release which had said:

    “Of course we’d like to send someone to attend but we’re too busy working into the wee wee hours clearing up the ten tons of shit that we were left by the outgoing bunch of incompetent arsewipes.

    Good luck to Ali C with his book launch.”

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    Sir William Waad says:

    It would be good also if senior Tories and LibDems were rather less available to the Beeb than to the other media. Make it difficult for the Beeboids to get through to their diary people or get them on their shows. Accidentally send them press releases a little later than the others. Worry them.

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    nell says:

    In your dreams!

    You obviously went to one of those labour schools that have become so prevalent this last 13 years where they forget to teach pupils basic skills like counting!

    The ratio on there is about the same as the ratio on here. And if you go looking at discussions that are happening on other sites about this subject this morning, even some labour one’s, you’ll find the ratio the same there too.

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    Green Fabian says:

    Meat is Hung but people are Hanged – if you must bless us with your pearls of wisdom at least get it right.

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    Hang The Bastards says:

    I had as much right to be on that pannel as Lying Mental case Campbell

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    barefootcontessa says:

    Yes, rise to Yvette, her bully husband, and evilali, and you’re lost. They’re old old fashioned Newlabour tribalists, twist everything you say whether it’s good sense or not. They just can’t resist an argument, for argument’s sake, and that’s no good at all for the country.

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    Anonymous says:

    That the tories have to sort the BBC out again only shows they didn’t get it right back then – when a creep like Birt ended up blue-skying for t’Bliar. Are you blaming the tories for being less than 100% perfection?

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    The IMF may not be coming says:

    Just boycott QT every week. Load of lefties asking stupid questions and getting non answers. They seem to have a small rosta of irritating panellists -Hain, Falconer etc

    That sneering twat Morgan is up on the list of people I loathe along with Brown, Campbell, Balls, etc etc. Is there no beginning to his talent?

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    Plato Nick says:

    In training for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ – remember where you heard this first.

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    Anonymous says:

    The decision says much about the bbc.

    One only has to watch the bbc to see how ultimate power corrupts. We can vote out governments, MPs and councillors etc, but cannot touch the bbc who are answerable to no one. Don’t mention the bbc Trust, at best they represent themselves.

    Ditching the tv tax is long, long overdue.

    Has the bbc ever broadcast anything positive regarding the coalition?

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    campbell is the Antichrist says:

    Although I agree the more we see of old New Labour, the more we realise what scum they are.
    campbell however is a bridge too far and should be left to rot in depressive self pity.

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    Mr Ned says:

    “No John Major style wipe out which they very richly disserved. ”

    On the contrary, Labour got a lower share of the vote and a million Fewer votes than John major in 1997. Look up the numbers!

    It is only the obscenely biased seat boundaries which gift labour a thoroughly undeserved 10% lead in the polls that flattered their result.

    Labour were rejected by a greater number of voters than the tories in 1997.

    Additionally, I was referring to his political philosophy and his spin and all that Bliarite nulabour bollocks which is even less popular now than the labour party generally. There are many on the left who love Labour, but hate nulabour and it is that spinning, lying, deceitful, hateful, corrupt Campbellian labour that has been soundly rejected by the public.

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    That’s the ticket

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    nell says:

    So the labour party couldn’t be bothered to put up a bona fide elected member of parliament and no.10 wasn’t greatly interested in sending an overworked Minister to talk to unelected comedians like campbell and morgan.

    Could it be that QT is not actually the ‘important’ political programme it likes to think it is?

    I bet it’s ratings fell last night!

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    barefootcontessa says:

    Why should the Coalition follow the BBC’s agenda? The BBC don’t represent us any more. Dimbleby has lost control and our respect. Get a new chairman for QT! The government were absolutely right in declining to put up a minister.

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    Rip Van Winkle says:

    You don’t think the BBC is biased. Well spoken, Mr Thompson.

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    streamfisher says:

    It was a knee jerk reaction by Bush, they had to bomb somebody after 9/11 as a face saving measure for the U.S.A and its President, Blair obligingly committed this Country to an invasion of Iraq well in advance of any debate and then cooked up the dodgy raison d’etre with Campbell.

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    nell says:

    I wonder what campbell is going to do for a living when media programmes finally realise how hated he is and how badly having him on affects their ratings!?

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    As can be seen in the replay of last night’s QT, Campbell given free uninterrupted reign on the BBC platform with an audience full of lefties, is a dangerous thing.

    I think the new coalition are drawing the battle lines and sending out a message to the BBC.

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    A big black dog says:

    Fuck off Campbell.

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    Baboon's arse says:

    I see that Labour didn’t do too well in Thirsk.

    Pet lambs.

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    If everyone who reads this blog cancelled their TV licence tax, then that would be a start in the right direction.

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    English Liberation Front says:

    I did watch QT and I thought the whole thing stunk of a stitch up. There was more than the usual bloc of Labour activists in the audience, including that smug lefty bitch who thought the coalition government was patronising because the “majority of the country voted for the left”. Campbell and Morgan did the most talking, aided and abetted by Dimblebore and then interrupted and heckled anyone else who tried to speak. The artificial “furore” whipped up afterwards over No.10’s refusal to participate just confirms that the whole thing was a set up.

    The week of the Queen’s Speech and the first obvious shot in what will become the BBC’s guerilla war against the coalition government, employing the same underhand and nasty tactics that skunk Campbell used against the Tories pre-1997.

    And of course the virulent commies in leftist skins just hate the fact that the Lib Dems are in government. The spite showed and the BBC pandered to it.

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    bandersnatch says:

    Still seems like a bad idea to me not to put up a good speaker against him. To most people interested it would seem as if no-one dares challenege Bad Al live.
    Pity. He may be a great schemer and splendid plotter behind the scenes, but I can remember several occaions on TV when he has been worsted or made to appear not so hot.

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    obangobang says:

    Seems to me the twitterati are the only ones getting particularly vexed about all this. Guido’s right, the more people see Mad Al, the more they despise him (unless, like him, they’re totally bonkers of course), but the truth is, QT is a shadow of its former self, a sort of slightly more serious, poor-man’s HIGNFY.

    It’s too bad there wasn’t a cabinet minister there to rip him a new one, but I don’t blame them for not wanting to go within a mile of the odious creep. The real question is why QT’s production team thought a panel including Comical and Moron could be considered in any way worth watching.

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    bandersnatch says:

    Wish I had seen it. Missed it. Damn.

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    School for Scoundrels says:

    The whole thing has the stink of Campbell about it. Why is the BBC not asking why no Labour MP was available for QT? It’s worth some short term chatter to drive this odious individual out of the spotlight permanently. The short term gain of having him continue to infect Labour with his practices is undone by the harm he does politics in general. He was at the heart of all that was wrong with new Labour, and the time has come to move on from that.

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    Madme Defarge says:

    Well they are all having a go on this comment thread.

    There are a number of comment boards but on this one they are really lashing at Campbell and Al Jabeeba

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    Keith Joseph's Preserved Pulsing Head says:

    Something Campbell siad last night wasn’t picked up on I suppose it was one of his heckles ( why didn’t Dimbledore tell him to shut his face?)
    AC was boasting about Labour’s schools and said
    “69% are rated outstanding”

    Noooo Al you can’t have 69% “outstanding”
    An outstanding performer is in the top say….. 5%

    No what it means here is outstanding means “average”

    In liebour’s world the common sense meaning of “outstanding” means “priviledged elitist don’t give any money send them some thickos to get the score down”

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    Disaffected says:

    I totally agree with Howrd and others that no air time should be given to a low life like Campbell who helped cause thousands of people to die. No let us forget Dr Kelly and the hand he played in that as well. In my view, he is a disdcredited lying spin doctor who the public has had enough of. I usually watch Question Time, because he was on it I went to bed.

    I want the Tories to sort out the BBC arm of Liebour, the sooner the better. They still are incredibly bias and are slanting every political story to cause worry and concern over the coalition. Come on Dave, start cutting their income and give back some of the licence fee (imposed tax) to the public. £142 a year is scandalous and certainly not value for money. Remember the recent the £100 million over spend where no one was held to account. If they can afford to waste such vast sums then their income needs to be cut.

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    alan bread says:

    this is just bollocks

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    Seth the pig farmer says:

    They should have sent Brady.

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    alan bread says:

    That loony from the New Statesman last week, Big Bad Al this week, who will the BBC get on next week? Someone elected perhaps.

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    Forelock not Morloch says:

    I remember the Waads of yore. They wouldn’t have been content with worrying them, that’s what they kept dogs for. No, Sir Willi, they would have flogged ‘em good, then flogged ‘em off.

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    Not one of SIX Labour Leadership candidates wanted to go on QT in Queen’s Speech week…? Meltdown.

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    EyeSee says:

    Guido, your remarks in Update just reflect a ‘camps’ mentality. I dislike Labour for what it is and what it has done and I say so openly. However, if Labour became a mainstream political party, instead of a varying degree of con and subterfuge used over the decades, peaking with New Labour, I would happily listen to their views. Campbell being invited on to Question Time was clearly deliberate by the BBC as a provocation. It further shows that the BBC supports moral bankruptcy as they do not feel any standard should be applied to their programmes. You do not exclude, or censor the likes of Campbell because you dislike or disagree with him. You don’t invite him because he cannot meet the standard of debate required; he cannot tell the truth. He doesn’t lie to hide some inconvenient matter, his whole being is geared to it, though we have deemed to refer to it as ‘spin’. Anyway, every time I see Alistair Campbell, Vinnie Jones, a Rover 3500 door and ‘don’t you ever…..’ comes to mind, for some reason.

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    Broon says:

    I’m with the the government on this. Fat-headed, dishonest idiots like Campbell aren’t fit to debate with ministers.

    He should be deprived of oxygen. Literally.

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    Cassandrina says:

    Guido – you have got it wrong.
    Hopefully this is only the first shot across the bows to the bbc.
    The inherent bbc loony left bias needs to stop and more balanced and accurate reporting given, including stopping the clapping machine antics of left wing “comedians” that permeate radio 4 airwaves.
    Government targets should be bbc radio 4 Toady Programme, World at One, Westminster Hour, and World at Ten + the sanctimonious Dumbleby on Question Time – time he retired and let Eddie Mair do it properly.
    If they boycot QT then the bbc will have to explain weekly (and weakly) why this is so – other media will be able to tell the public the truth.

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    Dorian Smith says:

    The BBC must have the data to the make up of their audience, these stats should be available and if not found via the FOI act (Which the BBC has history of resisting at our expense).

    I’m sure, if published it will be revealing – perhaps the Sunlight Centre for open politics could make a request. The QT team ‘profile’ the audience, therefore we should see exactly what that profile is – after all it’s us that paid for it over the years.

    I think the Coalition Govt were right to do what they did. Why not avoid QT from now on, it has always been biased towards the left. It will soon die a death if the left are talking among themselves – which isn’t far off a typical QT anyway. With the great Interrupter, the distorted audience and a distorted panel, why bother?

    At least the Tories were represented by an elected member of their government and the only elected MP among the panellists.

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    Susie says:

    He may be political, but he’s not been elected.

    The real question is why wasn’t there an opposition shadow minister available for QT?

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    relic of the past says:

    You’re wrong, Guido; I’m still agnostic on the coalition but this was a very good call, the more so because it came early on in the regime when such risks can and need to be taken.

    Al may indeed remind people why they hate labour, but the treasury statistics will be far more influential in the weeks ahead, as the Indy front page showing the graphs rather suggested.

    I suspect No 10 want to move on very quickly from old political battles. Al has every interest in ploughing old forrows as distraction from what’s happening in Labour right now, but he has no role in politics for the future, unless his life peerage features in a dissolution honours list; at which point he would become as focal and compelling an argument for total reform of the Lords as did Lord Mandelson on the day his peerage was announced. Not elected; not accountable.

    This decision showed determination not to perform to order at the BBC’s bidding and it will have yielded useful information about how the BBC intend to cope with No 10s strategic handling of them. All very useful for evaluating and planning for the post budget period which will be stark.

    No 10 will be analysing the BBC’s precise handling of this in some detail. Where and when it emerged, how the BBC news folk handled it.

    If I were head of news at the BBC I would be very, very careful in the days ahead: the government is not the only body that needs holding to account.

    The Prime Minister could (and arguably should) bring the BBC entirely within OFFCOM, and certainly could launch a competition enquiry into the burgeoning commercial arms of the BBC and its internet operations and into the relationships between commissioning departments and independent producers, all in the interests of transparency.

    And this would not be a political act but the responsible act of a government determined to ensure that the licence payer received value for their compulsory licence fee and that the commercial sector was not being stifled by the near-monopolistic activities of a very, very large corporation.

    If I were he, I would start with an independent review not of the BBC but of the BBC Trust, to see whether at this stage it is delivering what was hoped of it. I think so far it has been less than inspiring.

    I once heard the expression ‘the disestablishment of the BBC’ which seemed to fit, rather …

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    Susie says:

    It’s because most probably most of the editors presently at the BBC owe Campbell their jobs.

    Dyke wasn’t the only one to get the shove after Hutton. Blair & Campbell ensured they were replaced with hand-picked placemen.

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    Nash says:

    Notwithstanding Guido’s comment that he costs Labour votes, having Alastair Campbell on TV sproutting his misinformation and poison is an affront to the soldiers who were maimed and killed and to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed by his distortions and lies.

    If Alastair Campbell had any sense of morality he would get out of the limelight and spend the rest of his life on “good works” out of public sight – so at least he could die with dignity….notwithstanding he never lived with dignity!

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    Limpservative Dave the pussy says:

    The message being that they will run away.
    Good fucking plan.

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    Limpservative Dave the pussy says:

    that’s why Dave got a Landslide

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    Father Abraham says:

    Amen to all of that

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    Beaufort1 says:

    Surely it’s time to stop calling him Bad Al and re-christen him “Comical Ali”. This guy holds no elected office and was the mouthpiece of a thoroughly discredited regime. Don’t give him airtime Guido, he is not worthy of your time. Just chuck a shoe at him

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    Libservative Strength through Joy says:

    poor mad old bat talking shite again is she ?
    assertion is all you have you daft old boot since anyone can go and see for themselves you are squawking rubbish yet again
    all you ever do is spin for the Heir to Blair Dave and his Libservative chums, don’t you ever feel ashamed of yourself ?

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    FAIL says:

    Downing Street looks scared, arrogant or amateurish depending on your viewpoint.

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    Gordon's Scotched earth policy says:

    Was this war criminal invited on the show or did he invite himself?

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    Mr Bum says:

    So that’s how Dave got his landslide. Brilliant!

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    null says:

    he proved Dave was a coward

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    WokinghamChris says:

    As I have said in response to the Daily Mail article….

    With the NuLab Experiment in disarray, this is the lefty-loving BBC doing its best to help them out.

    Instead of inviting a NuLab MP/ex Minister on to the show, and watching him or her struggle to come to terms with ther position in opposition, the BBC took it upon itself to invite a paid and highly experienced media mouthpiece to speak on their behalf, and thereby limit the damage.

    In effect the BBC is protecting NuLab, and in accusing the government of ‘political interference ,Question Time’s executive editor, Gavin Allen, is being very cynical.

    The fact is that this is yet another example of political interference by the BBC, in support of a left-wing agenda.

    Michael Gove recently declined to take part in a “Today” item on education, and what with this Question Time incident, I think the I think the Government has got it right. The pro-NuLab bias of the BBC has now gone too far.

    The Government should snub the BBC until it gets the message.

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    Shhhhh! says:

    don’t mention the Oil

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    A big black log says:

    Fuck off Brown

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    Nick2 says:

    I agree that ‘something must be done’ about the BBC. But the problem is that successive governments (plus the Grauniad & the BBC itself) have built the BBC into a public paragon of equal stature to the NHS.

    Cameron has vowed to maintain both institutions because he lacks the political capital/balls/insight to tackle either of them. Maybe it’s because he really thinks like a typical brainwashed BBC content consumer?

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    cup your best friend Clegg's balls Dave says:

    He’ll have a job beating Dave and Nick’s erotic slow dance

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    fiddle sticks says:

    Ok mr site runner you say campbull is easy to take down! then you have a go you don’t have to answer to parliament/press/public just like comebell/moron or the dimplebore ! unlike the poor fool who would be thrown in to a 100/1 BBC ambush mr crampbell’s sudden ability to produce a framed piccy without prior knowledge shows that !.

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    Susie says:

    Cameron’s a subtle cove… didn’t he say a year or two ago after the Crewe by election and the Euro elections that “even the BBC” had to acknowledge the results were an outstanding victory for the Conservatives.

    He’s waiting for them to cock up (and they will) then he’ll put the boot in.

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    Susie says:

    Tortoises live for ages — probably the same tortoise.

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    Not in my name says:

    I object to my BBC license tax being used to provide appearance fees for the likes of overpaid and overexposed Campbell and Morgan. Why do these two have some monopoly over TV? Britain’s got talent and it’s not either of these idiots.

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    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    just put Peter and Christopher Hitchens on every week , Polly Toynbee and Richard Littlejohn ,chaired by Frank Bruno and then I may just watch the f******

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    Susie says:

    Morgan the editor who faked a story of our troops bullying Iraqis and had to resign. Yep the brothers with blood on their hands are still in business as far as the BBC’s concerned.

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    What a Pair of Wankers says:

    Why don’t you both fuck off.

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    Porridge Guns says:

    We must assume that this Scottish constituency is superfluous. First seat to be scrapped under coalition plans to axe 100 MPs. Use it or lose it.

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    Hang The Bastards says:

    Fuck OF ! :)

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    Keith Joseph's Preserved Pulsing Head says:

    Or at least be made to inhale Helium every time before he speaks

    ( credit where credit’s due that idea is from the “The Day Today”)

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    Problem Solved! says:

    The real question we should be asking is which war and torture apologist at the BBC invited the war criminal Alistair Campbell to appear?
    Find out who that person was, drag them out of the BBC Centre and give them a double tap in the back of the head to encourage the others.
    Problem solved!

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    Lizzie says:

    Update: Yes Guido, you are probably right about Campbell, he was the “secret weapon” of the Tories during the election and he did wonders for Cameron. But watching Campbell on TV is like being subjected to Chinese torture, please take some pity on us!

  261. 261
    Keith Joseph's Preserved Pulsing Head says:

    Oh please please please let it be so -you are joking aren’t you?
    I would LOVE to see Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel-Horwood offer Mandy “constructive” criticism

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    Sir Everard Digby says:

    Well fuckwit,had you bothered to examine the facts, the government did not ‘dictate’ anything. They refused to appear with this Hoon. Good common sense in my book. Why debate with a lying tosser?

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    Unsworth says:

    @ nell

    Exactly. This pillock is yet another State Education Victim.

    ‘Literacy’? ‘Numeracy’? I don’t fucking think so.

  264. 264
    Unsworth says:

    For those of the population who have memories slightly longer than that of a goldfish, that is. Probably discounts all of the Labour voters.

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    Susie says:

    Lovely :-)

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    Unsworth says:

    Really? How?

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    BBC is Biased says:

    I think the Coalition were stating a lot of things on many different levels by withdrawing their representative from QT. Symbolically the coalition is challenging the bullish games the BBC likes to play with the panel, the audience and the viewers. It is time for QT to grow up and treat licence fee payers as intelligent beings.
    Campbell does have a lot of influence on the BBC. Quite frankly I am sick to the back teeth of the blatant bias of the BBC. The Coalition I believe were symbolically challenging this bias and the Labour prism which viewers are sucked into.
    Campbell is symbolic of all that is wrong with Labour. Labour have made such a mess of things and has in many ways ruined our economy & society. It is an unapologetic party that depends upon an unapologetic war mongerer to spin their way out of taking responsibility of the ruin they have made over the years.
    Campbell is a big player in the Labour machinery. The BBC is pandering to Campbell whims by allowing and supporting his appearance on QT. We the fees payer just have to shut up & put up with it.

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    Unsworth says:

    And your myopia

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    cant hunter says:

    Actually I did watch it and believe me apart from his opinion on Iraq, Piers Moron was even more loathsome, and more aggressive, than Campbell. Why do these left wingers keep interrupting all the time when they dont agree with another panellist ?

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    Unsworth says:

    Why should they spend any time at all ‘challenging’ this discredited has-been. Campbell is out of the frame now. He’s politically dead – only he hasn’t the sense to realise it. Has he got a book to sell or something?

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    fiddle sticks says:

    I think the would be to have put up some one who has helped the coalition government with advice and support er say ?Sir Michael Caine! go on campbull pick a fight with him ! yer tit !

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    Grammar School Boy says:

    Well said sir!

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    TrustyShield says:

    Turned over the Aljabeeba after the end of the final of American Idol (Crystal didn’t win) to find Bad Al pontificating.

    I turned over immediately as any opinion this odious little shit holds is of no importance to anyone, especially me.

    Later I found Chipmunk Blears on This Week and quickly turned over again. At least Diane Abbott will tell it like it is and keep us entertained. Chipmunk is just a troughing, spend spend spend socialist spouting Labour propaganda. Her does not have the inteligence to work out that if you are borrowing 25p out of every £1 you spend you are soon going to run out of money.

    It is about time idiots like Campbell and Chipmunk realised that these are the most dramatic times since World War II. For 65 years the world has been living it up on money that was not earned, but created out of “nothing” or borrowed. Now it’s pay-back time, and the world of entitlements and free lunches has run headlong into a stone wall.

    Dimblebore and Brillo should not give these chumps air time

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    davemcwish says:

    Why are the audience members’ option on Iraq and Europe the only subjects of importance ?

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    Beano says:

    I begrudge paying the enforced tax that is the licence fee anyway, but knowing that part of it is keeping that loathsome creature Campbell in work is beyond endurance. It’s time for the PM to stop being nice and mete out some payback on the Labour biased BBC.

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    ButcombeMan says:

    Correct, interesting to hear the same words used by that arch fibber Campbell on QT and Richard Perle this morning on Radio 4. Both used “post 9/11″ in sickening justification for the Iraq adventure.

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    Common People says:

    i posted the following to Allen’s blog at the BBC – the BBC are censoring it!

    # 273. At 11:20am on 28 May 2010, you wrote:

    This comment has been referred to the moderators. Explain.

    Why did the beeb book Campbell? Clearly they were more interested in generating heated argument than constructive adult debate about important issues – as evidenced by the amount of time dedicated to endulging the irrelevant views of an alchoholic ex-spin doctor out only for his own engrandishment.

    Maybe it was an own goal for the Gov not to put someone forward, however, it says more about the Labour Party that they are regularly represented by an un-elected alchoholic has-been with such a devisive reputation.

    Perhaps Gavin Allen (Executive Editor, Question Time) thought the prospect of a punch up between Morgan and Campbell would serve the audiences interest better than constructive examination of the issues by elected representatives.

    What point were the beeb trying to make by highlighting this at the start of the programe? And how impartial of them was it to allow Campbel to try to make a cheap joke at the end by producing a photo of Laws? I really have to question the sanity of a man who carry’s such a photo!

    It strikes me the prgramme makers were more interested in ratings than producing a responsible informative debate about current issues! Really, does anyone think Morgan and Campbell would have changed their views about Iraq? Does anyone expect Campbell to say sorry when it was he who advised Blair not to say sorry?

    Although I found this episode one of the worst I have ever watched, I will have to watch it again to check, but my first impression/recollection is that there was only 1 (perhaps 2) questions relevant to cuts/the Queens Speech – so the point made by Campbell and regurgetated by the beeb does not hold water.

    It is for Parliament and the people to hold the Government to account, not un-elected Labour alcholics with a book to sell or the BBC. It is the role of the BBC to facillitate the publics engagement with politicians and politics, not to manufacture a row for the sake of “good telly”.
    I agree with Guido in so far as Campbell represents ALL that is wrong with Labour – but I would not go so far as to suggest that no. 10 were wrong not to front up – Redwood did a credible job when he was allowed to contribute by Dimbleby and by not engaginging in a slanging match with Campbell and Morgan, he showed responsible restraint that showed Campbell to be the bully he is.

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    Anonymous says:

    Spot on Suzie. Surely if the Beeb wanted a front bench member of government it should provide similar status opposition opponent, not a failed hanger on.

  279. 279
    Rufus Stone says:

    Spot on Suzie. Where was the opposition front bench spokesman?

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    Can't remember my moniker says:

    Pointing or jabbing one’s finger when talking is interpreted by most people as being accusing or lecturing. It is a confrontational gesture which adds nothing to meaning but does indicate the aggressiveness of the offender.

    Alastair Campbell cannot make any point without employing it which shows that no one has slapped him down hard enough. Both the video and the small picture at the top show him doing it.

    Guido is quite right in saying that Campbell is a put-off to voters. The nasty finger habit plays no small part in this. But I can also sympathise with those who are fed-up to the back teeth with seeing this psychologically problematical misfit having his ego stroked and his wallet fattened at our expense.

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    will says:

    question time is for old lefties to drool over. the rest of us are to nackered paying our debts and taxes to worry about this program.

    Its viewing figures have dropped, seeing as its a forty minute left wing love in.

    If i was the gov i would permanently boycott it and soon it will be taken of air.

    Look how in 2001 after the world trade centre attacks how the audience attacked the american ambassador who appeared on the programme leaving him visably shocked by the vitriol against america.

    I would advise the chancellor in his emergency budget to freeze the BBC licence fee for the next five years so thye have to cut back and live within thier means like the rest of us

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    Unsworth says:

    Ian Brady?

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    He's Spartacus says:

    QT had David Laws and Liam Byrne booked but Byrne pulled out with no replacement.

    QT had Campbell in reserve for Morgan and had to use him instead.

    No 10 was right not send a minister in to bat against an unelected panel member.

    The programme was embarrassed and had to spin it as ‘No 10 Bully Tactics’

    Seems like it worked. BBC is not so stupid after all.



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    Ctesibius says:

    I’m also very sick of the mother of his bastards (they were prsumably too ‘hip’ to get married) being wheeled out as an educational expert.

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    50 Calibre says:

    Campbell is the best man this Government has working for them.

    Keep it up, Al…

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    Jill says:

    Cameron was right. Campbell is not a fit and proper person with whom to engage in any meaningful debate. Choke off off plonkers like Campbel and scrap the BBC asapl

  287. 287
    johnny come lately says:

    Perhaps the BBC may wish to arrange for the programme to come from Catterick Camp, in Yorkshire. Have Campbell, Blair, Fox, General Dannatt,and Menzies Campbell on the panel and an audience made up of former troops, parents of murdered troops and, if there is any room left, serving troops.

    Now that would get the message home to the BBC and to the Labour Party just how hated they are. There may well be some balance after such a programme.

    But can anyone imagine the BBC doing anything remotely like this?

  288. 288
    DNTT says:

    Already done.

    I keep posting pictures of the threatening letters about not having a “licence” on the internet.

    TVL are jokers. They are nothing more than salesmen trying to get me to buy a worthless piece of paper.

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    The Morris Marina a nasty log laid by British Leyland says:

    Campbell is a fucking bagpipe playing jock mong, get cancer and die you fucking shit head.

  290. 290
    50 Calibre says:

    What a good idea. QT has become far too predictable and as for giving the very unelected Campbell air time to spout his rubbish are grounds enough to give the beeb a kick up the arse.

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    The Morris Marina a nasty log laid by British Leyland says:

    No but how about getting the US Ambassador on and filling up the room full of bushy bearded fucking halfwits who have just murdered 3000 people and let them rant at him about “Allah”?

    Oh hang on…..

  292. 292
    Most Peculiar says:

    The BBC’s “defence” of its actions in choosing dodgy audiences figured on the front page of Yahoo/ITN news just now, but when I went back to re-read it, it had gone. I wonder why that is… Perhaps they got a bollocking from their readers about the crap they post.

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    He's Spartacus says:

    Wise words indeed.

  294. 294
    alan bread says:

    no, Liam Brady

  295. 295
    Most Peculiar says:

    Well said sir. Please email that verbatim to CCHQ and No 10.

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    Moliere says:

    Ruby Wax and that irritating Australian dickhead Kathy Lette could complete the panel.

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    Anonymous says:

    He’s an unelected mad idiot who tried to smear everyone who got in his way and lies about everything. He still lies about everything, and everyone who watches him sees him for the lying shit that he is.

    I’d point-blank refuse to put anyone up against him if I was cameron, it’d be like putting someone up against Pol Pot or hitler, I’d simply say “none of my people are going anywhere near that evil lying unelected smearing fuck-witted bastard wanker.”

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    Tesco Is Shite says:

    A lying tosser with blood on his hands. Never forget that.

  299. 299
    Disco Biscuit says:

    should have put Michael Howard up against Campbell again.

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    Lightweight Cast Iron says:

    If Dave had any balls he’d have his boot on Auntie’s neck by now.

    He hasn’t and he won’t. How I wish the Blessed Margaret had sorted these hoons out when she had the chance…

    Wake up Dave! The BBC/Grauniad alliance will finish you if they get the chance.

    Scrap the Trust – Install Tebbit as DG.

  301. 301
    Pistov Expat says:

    As an expat with access to satellite tv, my choices for news, other than the BBC, are the four local stations plus CNN and Aljazeera. Add to that my daily perusal of the internet and I really have no need of the BBC’s offerings and indeed rarely watch it at all these days.

  302. 302
    Anonymous says:


  303. 303
    Pistov Expat says:

    Forgot to include 3 Aussie channels, Bloomberg and the various CNBC options too. One does not starve for different news viewpoints.

  304. 304
    Tesco Is Shite says:

    Al Shithead Campbell is a lying, evil, manipulative, conniving, Machiavellian, scheming, back-stabbing career spin-meister. He’s never stood for office, never held a government portfolio and, like a sexual voyeur, hangs around until he can stick his banderillas into whoever his political instincts tell him is vulnerable.

    We have a new government which, largely thanks to the rapidly fading and desperate Vince Cable, has already driven a majority of its backbenchers to distraction with its proposed CGT rises. If these suicidal tax hikes really are implemented, assaulting the very backbone of the Tories’ core vote, the next General Election will be a damn sight less than 5 years away. Bad Al knows this and is doing what any career political leech does; helping stir things up in the knowledge that he’ll be back in Number 10 before we can say: “Fuck you, Al.”

  305. 305
    Ampers says:

    I thought Cameron had an [economic] war to fight. Surely he is too busy to worry about inconsequential people like Campbell.

    Don’t worry, there’ll be time for that later.

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    Yes sir, how high? says:

    So now please explain why the Conservalib coalition should be beholden to the BBC and come running when called? This was a good and timely opportunity for a few markers to be placed that the old order has changed.

  307. 307
    Yes sir, how high? says:

    Exactly! The problem with the BBC is not what they tell you, but what they choose not to tell you.

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    RavingMad says:

    OfCom are fucking useless parasites who can’t control themselves never mind the likes of the BBC. Ask anyone who’s had problems with CarPhone Warehouse / internet service providers/ phone companies

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    Minekiller says:

    A Good decsision by Number 10.

    Why should the government of a major power, still on UNSC, G20 nation, bother to put a senior figure ‘up against’ this lying, smearing, mentally unbalanced, alcoholic toerag on a TV show?

    It’s about time we grew up an let the government run the country (fix first) rather than indulge the lefty egos at the BBC. Personally, I don’t want to see any member of the cabinet hamming it up on TV chat shows of any sort, including QT until this country is well on the road to recovery.

    A mature decision, finally. Who gives a fuck what Campbell thinks? Make him feel as important as he is, ie; ignore the twat.

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    He's Spartacus says:

    Judging by the comments, Allen’s rant has backfired.

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    The Morris Marina a nasty log laid by British Leyland says:

    As well they should be, they need to be careful about going for lone walks in the woods.

  312. 312
    RavingMad says:

    take your point but your outcome is wrong

    the government should close down the bbc immediately

  313. 313
    Tron says:

    You are wrong Guido. The Tories were right to stand up to the BBC.
    Conservatives have had to eat shit from the BBC ever since Thatcher. For 13 years they were afraid to be called the Nasty Party.
    Now they should tell QT ,Today and Newsnight to “Fuck Off”.

  314. 314
    RavingMad says:

    Dimbleby, inherited the ‘grand’ position due to his father’s expertise not through any ability he had himself. Both Dimbleby boys don’t know anything about anything and have never existed outside the confines of the bbc. Incest rears its head again. Both are sycophantic tools of the media elites. Both should be shot

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    Callous Tyramble says:

    May I just take this opportunity to heartily thank all of you who have so generously come out to support me here. Hic.

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    MandyPickleSniffer says:

    I agree with point made by Angelnstar, whose comments you have posted as part of your “update”. Perhaps others have made the same point too.

    Basically, it’s no different than being asked to join in on a debate or discussion about Palestine or Iraq and finding out that one of the guest panelists will be George Galloway. Right away you know that you’re going to spend the entire time trying to refute every one of his connivingly-worded lies, and you’ll merely come across as overly-defensive because you’ll pretty much have to object to every single word out of his snake-tongued mouth, and you’ll come across as the argumentative one when you’re merely trying to stop someone from using the ages old trick of repeating a lie so many frikkin times that it becomes accepted as the truth.

    By all means, put me up against a brilliant sharp-witted man who opposes all of my policies…I have no problem defending my stance on any issue, but why should I waste my time arguing against a lying & discredited wanker who shouldn’t even be given a public platform in the first place !!

    So, basically….fuck off BBC you biased douche-bags. And stop wheeling out that badger-faced Hunt Alisatir Darling & giving him the chance to lie to the public again & again, and allowing him the outrageous audacity to criticise the Tories for the way in which they’re cleaning up the gallons & gallons of diarhhea that he’s left all over Whitehall!

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    Gorgon was my hero says:

    Why should the Government put up a Minister for this show? Campbell is a total shit and should be banned from any serious discussions – he’s only fit for Britain’s Got Talent or the Gong Show and that’s being kind to the lying bastard. Full of his own importance – full of shit and a first class liar. I agree with getting to grips with the BBc – their Labour biased nonsense is effing ridiculous. Pull the plug on the commie bastards once and for all.

  318. 318
    Gorgon was my hero says:

    Because they’ve got no manners!

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    Anon says:

    I watched the programme last night and if I hadn’t know it was QT, I would have thought it was the Alistair Campbell show. The man thinks he is gods gift to the political scene, he was utterly rude, kept interrupting the other speakers or talking over them. He is a bully in every sense of the word, and I wish more people would take the same stand the Government took in deciding not to sit on the same panel as this heap of shit.

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    Abbey Road says:

    The new fixture, and BBC luvie for future Question Time programmes will be Caroline Lucas, even though she represents a party that polled less votes than the B&P.

  321. 321
    Rich Widow says:

    And both the Dimblebys – ages 66 and 72 – have acquired young Sally Bercow-type wives. They’re always trying to impress them with tedious right-on leftie opinions. I suppose it must be some consolation to the girls who married these two old men that at least they are able to influence their opinions.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    That information has been censored.

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    Minekiller says:

    Incidentally, there are much better things to do than watch lefty agitprop on QT, which all comes under the ‘get a life category’

    1. read a good book
    2. relax in the bar of your local sports club after some good exercise
    3. go down the pub
    4. watch something else
    5. see a film
    6. see a play
    7. play a good game
    8. have a good conversation
    9. have sex
    10. have more sex

  324. 324
    Can't remember my moniker says:

    9, 1, 10, 6, 9, 8, 10, 5, 9, 3, 10, 4, 9, 7, 10, 8, 9, 10.

    2 (part 2) is unnecessary, don’t want to over-exercise. Might pull something….

  325. 325
    Square Bullet says:

    Square Bullet:
    I can see the argument for cutting the Beeb out of the loop, but couldn’t that long term strategy be underestimating both the usual Beeb arrogance, and their staff’s habit of invulnerabilty? These people have never been sorted out! No one has had the courage, and the results have become obvious.
    How I agree that Maggie should have done it. Now it must be done this time round, or these people will play the propaganda card until the Coalition falls. They will not just give up, but will undermine everything until their Campbell and Co are restored.

    I wonder which ‘comedy’ shows (never such a thing about Labour) are now being commissioned, and which,if any’ ‘opinion formers’ from Labour ranks are ever going to be dropped? Cameron takes active care of this, or we are all lost.

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    Anonymous says:

    Campbell is a maggot. And the BBC is just a maggot infested dungheap. Cammers should close it down.

  327. 327
    revolting peasant says:

    On the plus side- the longer the lying war criminal is linked with Labours
    hierarchy,the less chance they have of ever regaining power. Campbell and his cronies may be deluded enough to believe the public like and respect him or are interested in what he has to say. But his latest book has bombed- despite his shameless plugs in sympathetic outlets. And the only audience who applauded him were the handpicked Labour supporters on Question Time.

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    Topsy Emboli says:

    Now we know why David Laws MP pulled out of Question Time. Alastair Campbell was going to ‘out’ his expenses embarassment. That’s why I gather Campbell had a framed photo of Laws with him on the night. Campbell must have been really pi**ed off at losing the chance.

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    Anon says:

    Bet he’s voted out in the first round

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    Tesco Is Shite says:

    Spot on, IHNL.

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    Dobby says:

    I hate Dumblebee anyway, but wouldn’t watch a programme with that tosser on it anyway – then there’s Piers Morgan… ugh!

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    Tip Toe thro the . . . says:

    NO wonder they could not get an overall majority if this is their mindset . Another reason for that 55%.

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    treetop says:

    A great way to cut public spending would be to slash the BBC budget. It would be an excellent way to let the highly paid managers show their expertise in management to justify their costs ! Question Time has run its course and could be dispensed with.

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    don'tgiveatoss says:

    because he’s a bully………. and the BBC are spineless

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