Thursday, 10 February 2011

River Of Stones #30

Interesting day! The BBC Question Time team visited Bristol this evening and we were pleased to be part of the audience. I'd never been to anything like this before, and I was very interested to find that they have a warm up debate with a light hearted subject before the programme is filmed for TV. They used five audience members to stand in for the panel so that the technical team can ensure all the lights and microphones are working. There were a lot of laughs, which I realised later was a good way of relaxing us before the real debate began.

As is often the case (when great minds think alike!) two of my questions were asked by others, and there were several who took care of my views before I felt the need to comment. It was nice to hear that Bristol is a diverse city, and when someone like David Dimbleby say's we're fiesty and full of fire that must be saying something. He asks every audience to challenge the panel, ask awkward questions, push them to answer properly and generally give them a rough but well mannered ride. I never thought politics would be so much fun. We met a broad range of very interesting people, including a Kenyan gentleman who was very happy to talk over the Egyptian situation with us, and the effect of social networking sites on politics. There was also a Pakistani gentleman on the BBC team, who chatted with us on the subject of the Kashmir region. It was interesting to hear him say the whole problem wasn't religion or politics, it was about the flow of water being dammed too much so that it stopped flowing to certain regions.

It made me think - in my mother's youth, she was shielded from war and political situations because there was less information available to people. In this day an age, with the internet and news available 24 hours a day on TV, we still cannot get to the bottom of how certain situations start or get the truth about what's really going on in the world. One thing is clear though, if politicians are the same world over, it's no wonder we don't have this information. A couple of the panel were unable to answer a straight question, and at times offered no real opinion in plain language. You know these people must have an opinion, but they sidestep things that will make them unpopular. Personally, if they had a pay cut every time they waffled or dodged an issue, I think things would look up considerably....!

'Very bright lights shine on us, the sets smaller than I thought, but I'm not really conscious of the cameras.'

'The one on the left leaning forward, pointing. The one on the right raising his voice in response. The one in the middle, stays in the middle, until he knows which side his bread is buttered......'

1 comment:

  1. A fascinating post Jules - you even managed to make politics sound interesting! My only moan about Question Time is that the panel spend too much time all talking at once. Brilliant stones as usual. You must have burned the midnight oil to write this one!!