Will Question Time’s panel do what Parliament can’t – and hold Iain Duncan Smith to account?

Mike asks a very good question, but I doubt that next Thursday’s Question Time will do that. The panel may include Ian Hislop, but I doubt if the BBC will want to include anyone more radical, who could possibly prove an embarrassment for IDS. Dimblebore has a history of interrupting and cutting off speakers, who are saying something the government doesn’t want to hear, and the BBC is keen to avoid accusations by the Tories of bias against them. I hope in this case I’m wrong, and that the panel will include people of the calibre of Meacher and Jones. But I’m not optimistic.

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Picture the scene if you can: It’s shortly after 11.35pm on Thursday (June 5) and all my inboxes are suddenly overflowing – with the same message: Iain Duncan Smith will be on Question Time next week.

The implication was that there is an opportunity here – to show the public the homicidal – if not genocidal – nature of the changes to the benefit system this man mockingly describes as “welfare reforms”.

We were given the name of only one other panellist who will be appearing in the June 12 show, broadcast from King’s Lynn: Private Eye editor Ian Hislop. He is certainly the kind of man who should relish a chance to take the politician we call RTU (Returned To Unit) down a peg or two – in fact the Eye has run articles on DWP insanity fairly regularly over the past two decades at least.

Personally I’d like to…

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