Thursday 14 November 2013

Question Time: sting in the tail edition.

BQ is at least 24 hours from Telford, so this weeks guest picks were supplied by DJK - Who missed the easy points from tonight's location. The penalty of first.
And ND's favourite minister Ed Davey makes an appearance + Stella Yawn- Paul Militant - Nigel Wise and ???

 David Dimbleby presents Question Time from Portsmouth where shipbuilding is about to end with the loss of almost a thousand jobs. On the panel: Energy Secretary, Ed Davey; Shadow Business Minister for Labour, Stella Creasy; Nigel Lawson, Conservative former Chancellor; Paul Kenny, General Secretary of the GMB union; and Nikki King, director at Isuzu Trucks UK.

Anonymous DJK
Question Time (apologies for early post):

1. Doesn't the Philippines Typhoon show the need for a UN-sponsored no-strings International Rescue organization?
2. Energy companies! They're just as bad as the banks, aren't they?
3. NHS A&E. Is the National Death Service really safe with the Tories?
4. How would Israel benefit from a peace treaty with Iran?
5. Are you ever too old for a tattoo?

Dimbletie: Autumn shades of brown.

No points for first

2 pt for a correct guess of the colour or pattern of Dimbleby's tie.{before 10pm}
2 pt for an accurate spot for each of the question asked
2 pt for being the sole entrant to correctly predict a question asked

1 arbitrary point for any partially correct questions, witty phrases, spotting the soundbite, joke, tweet or posting in the comments first.

And the league table will be winner = 1pt
Everyone else - Zero.

Twitter @BillQuango 

Number of wins 

Nick Drew -3

CityUnslicker -2
Measured - 2

Mark Wadsworth - 1

 Malcolm Tucker -1 
  Hopper -1
Dick the Prick -1 

Kilgore Trout - 1

DJK - 1


Blue Eyes said...


Will the government ditch its carbon agenda to keep voters happy?

Can we end big money politics?

Is the economy finally on the mend or is this a mirage?

Is the recovering economy a result of government policies or sheer blind luck?

Philippines. Is TV news addicted to crises?

Tie - a sombre scorpionish mauve.

Miss CD said...

Tie - blue and black

Is it right to close down shipyards just because the government is the only client and they have no money?

Now the economy is fixed, will interest rates smash it all to bits again?

Why does Ed Davey believe in green energy?

Roma, Roma, Roma, Roma. Why are Liberals and Labour suddenly a little hostile about the wonderful diversification they so desired?

Was the Philipines not getting enough support because the TV crews had yet to arrive or because we had all already given to Pudsey?

gsd said...

Hi all.

1) Will the loss of Portsmouth's skilled shipbuilders put the future frigate contract in jeopardy? Might the city suffer a double-whammy?

2) With Nick Clegg giving a "Happy-Clappy" solution to troublesome Roma neighbours, is it time to put a real plan in place?

3) Does the Tory party's decision to remove the WebCameron posts represent sensible risk reduction or an attempt to re-write history before the next election?

4) Who wants green taxes anyhow? How come aviation fuel is exempt?

5) The 2 tier NHS a&e plan. Isn't that what we used to have with cottage hospitals back in the day?

and DimbyTie = blue & green

Kilgore Trout said...

Dimtie: Dark green

1. Would Britain be able to do more to help with disaster relief in the Philippines if we had not cut our military so drastically?

2. Should we be paying more attention to unfolding scandal involving Ed Miliband and the Unite Union in the Falkirk constituency?

3. What should the government be doing to address the issue of 'social mobility' highlighted by Sir John Major earlier in the week?

4. To what extent is concern about an influx of Roma a proxy for more widespread discontent people feel about the 'open door' immigration policy Britain maintains to the rest of the world?

5. When will policitains stop lying about the need for Britain to be part of the European Union in order to access the Single Market?

Nick Drew said...

Dimbletie strongly yellow

as for the tat - hey, you read it here first last week, eh?

0. well the tat has to rear its ugly head (or tail), doesn't it - possibly several times - but that's not a real question, is it

1. was the Portsmouth decision political ?

2. something to get a sober discussion abt Philippines - perhaps with a Global Warming lead-in to bait Lawson and gratify Davey

3. segue to the omnishambles that is energy policy

4. oh, and something for the laydeez: glass ceiling / woman in the bedroom SORRY boardroom. Sorry.

5. Should DC be more vocal in Sri Lanka, or even boycotting ?

Hopper said...

Industrial grey tie.

1. Is the disaster in .ph an inevitable result of Warble Gloaming, and who should pay?
2. Is Blunkett scaremongering about Roma, and if so then why?
3. Out of touch Tories, again.
4. NHS winter crisis, what should we be doing to fix it?
5. Charlie's 65, will he and should he ever be king?

Bill Quango MP said...

Dimbytie - mix of Blue ink coloured anchors, mermaids, MUM and dolphins on a pasty flesh coloured background.

1. Philippines and why aren't he Chinese helping out much? Just because they are at virtual war with he Philippines and Vietnam is no reason not to, is it?

2. Green energy and the cost of he nukes.

3. Immigration again. Last week was hijacked by the inclusive club. This week ?
It's a liberal town.

4. Why s the government sitting on Chilcott ?

5. Crisis in the NHS. A&E next big political crash.
If Miliband had moved Butcher Burnham in the reshuffle he could be on this now instead of trying to wring every last drop from his unexpected fuel bill coup.

And someone to ask an mid/end life crisis question of some sort.

Mark Wadsworth said...

I'm going typhoon this week in the hope that one or two questions stick:

Dimbletie - scorpion tattoo.


1. Does the typhoon show that with catastrophic climate change and dangerously rising sea levels (continued page 94)?

2. Does the typhoon show that the UK government has been far too miserly with doling out third world aid and sponsoring UN rescue type stuff?

3. Does the UK spend more on Eurofighter Typhoons or on catastrophe relief measures in the developing world?

4. What tea do you prefer? PG-Tips, Yorkshire or Ty-Phoon?

5. What's the difference between a typhoon, a tropical cyclone and a hurricane? Why can't they cross the equator? If the Coriolis effect makes air turn clockwise in northern hemisphere, why do hurricanes and typhoons blow anti-clockwise?

measured said...

Evenin’ all

1. Green taxes on fuel or on everything else?

2. Should Cameron be in Colombo?

3. How much better is it for us than for the Eurozone ? He he!

4. Should climate sceptics face the death penalty in the light of typhoon Haiyan?

5. Finally, if you are going to neglect your kids, best go and live in Birmingham and avoid cycling.

Tie: Third time lucky, pink, glorious pink.

Timbo614 said...

1) Cycling casualties cause concern. Is it about time they learned? The highway code for instance!

2) Portsmouth shipbuilders mourn, the Scots they they are torn. Shouldn't the work be spilt? after all it's only a ship!

3) A and E, levels 3 (or 4 or 5) this sounds like a triage split or as usual with the NHS will it turn into Sh*t?

4)The Philippines are in a plight, they are a terrible sight should the 'mercans at least be praised for trying to do something right?

5) Should a septuagenarian scribe a scorpion on their back?
when knowledge of legs, they seem to lack. :)

Tie black with insects I think he actually has a scorpion one!

lilith said...

1. Does the typhoon in the Philippines prove that we need more ships?

2. Can we produce carbon neutral ships?

3. Can we put Ed Davey on a leaky boat?

4. Windmill powered ships. Are they the way forward?

5. Why are the big six such bastards?

Tie: lots of anchors

DtP said...

Evening all

1) BAE - unemployment is what economics is about.

2) 'When the CBI states leaving Europe is unacceptable, what voice do sceptics have?"

3) Energy poverty and wonga

4) Tattoo

Dibletie - shrimp and shrimp!

Bill Quango MP said...

Dimbletie - its officially pink glorious pink.

First Q: Was Portsmouth Dockyard sacrificed to keep Scotland in the UK?
Certainly seems that way. Although Scotland has long been the major shipbuilder in these Isles. Major shipbuilder and major docks.

Q2 - Royal Marine convicted of murder deserve leniency.

QT doing one of its 'lets ask last week's questions this week' shows.

Q3: Is Typhoon Haiyan more evidence of humans creating climate change and, if so, what can we do to reduce risk of further disasters?
Seems there is no evidence, Nigel Lawson says.

3 questions- Should be match abandoned. I hope none of you stayed up for that . A true stinker of an episode.

Bill Quango MP said...

Scores -
DJK - 1

BE 3 incl first - 3

Miss CD - 4

gsd - 4

Kilgore Trout - 2

Nick Drew - I think 4 + baiting Lawson - 5 Stella Creasey was seconds away from wailing "won't someone think of the children!"

Hopper -2 {like the Charlie one - yet again QT messes with us}

BQ - 2

MW - 4 {does anyone know the answer to the typhoon question?}

Measured - 3 + the dimbytie = 5

Timbo614 3 + 1 for the poetry = 4

Lilith - 3 {could we put Ed Davey into a leaky boat? He is sooo useless.}

dtp late punt - over the bar - 2

Winners are Measured and Nick Drew
Prize is to come up with a newer, punchier name for man made global warming - one word preferably.


Nick Drew said...

well thank you

my one-word name for AGW is ...


measured said...

AGW may be the wrong reason, but the model was instrumental in getting rising acidity in the oceans recognised and politicians tackling the finite supply of fossil fuels.

Let's beef it up:


James Higham said...

Still don't get the idea.