Question Time in Motherwell

13th February 2019

I was disappointed with the Question Time programme from Motherwell. The point of moving the programme across the UK is to give it a local flavour. That has to come through, which most definitely did not happen. Motherwell and Wishaw voted for independence in 2014 and has twice returned an SNP MP. My constituents voted to Remain in 2016 the audience used in the Motherwell programme did not reflect how the majority of people in the area feel.

While it is important for a balance to be struck in national broadcasting, I do not believe Question Time strikes that balance often and tends to lean towards right wing panellists. The SNP is the Third Party in the House of Commons and this is not reflected in the party’s representation on Question Time programmes.

Striking a balance of opinions does not mean that every viewpoint should be afforded a platform. Those of the far right who use sectarian language and attempt to sever the social bonds of our communities do not deserve a platform at all.

The BBC must provide answers. Mainly on how someone with such views could make it into the Question Time audience so often and whether or not direct invitations were made to people known to producers.

The new BBC Scotland channel has apparently also used this man in test programmes for the new channel. If true this is completely unacceptable.