As Question Time returns to our screens, we look back at 5 classic moments.
That great gravy train of pontification and ignorance, Question Time, returned to our screens last week with another frivolous and ultimately pointless ‘debate,’ this time on banning face veils and the ‘spare room subsidy’ or bedroom tax. In honour of its return, and in no particular order, here are our five top Question Time moments – the good, the bad, and certainly the ugly.
1 – Joined infamously on the panel by Russell Brand and Boris Johnson, Melanie Phillips very impressively manages to out-do them both. Advocating the “neutralisation” of Iran, she asserts that Iran is attempting to bring about “the apocalypse, literally the end of the world” in order to summon “to earth the Shia messiah”.
2 - In 25 years, Katie Hopkins and Jeremy Clarkson will both reveal themselves to be Marxist performance artists or associated professors of sociology who for decades have illustrated the evils of humanity by embodying them themselves. Until then, we have to put up with their calculated self-promotion-through-bigotry. Here, Hopkins advocates gender inequality – “women, actually, don’t want equal treatment”.
3 – Next, two truly rare moments indeed – an incisive and unflinching statement is directed by an audience member at a dumbfounded and defeated panel: “We pay for you, you work for us”. Revolution ahoy!
4 – Nick Griffin, usually so adept at presenting a smoothed over “PR” version of himself and his party to the press, Griffin is finally caught out and embarrassed (more than usual, at least) on Question Time.
5 – Finally, Peter Hitchens, the “modern puritan”, insists that the purpose of sex education is to remove children’s innocence, and that more sex education means more sexually transmitted diseases. Hard facts, anyone? Don’t be so ridiculous, what do you think this is, Answer Time?