Question Time: Live Blog
So here we are, as promised! The blog will be updated as the programme progresses.
10:38: Blair will go when he is good and ready. In good time before the next election and in full agreement with the Labour Party. Heseltine is having an attack of wishful thinking
10:40: Heseltine seems not to have done his homework
10:42: Whatever you think of Blair, you cannot avoid the success he has brought Labour and the prosperity he has brought the country. Hazel Blears is right, Labour is more than Tony Blair.
10:44: How do you define a full-term! It's relative!
10:46 The hard left are not a threat. Blair and Brown both loathe them
Brown is similar, but different to Blair. It's called being human. We are all different. It is true that some who have abstained or voted against Labour will return to the fold under a Brown leadership
10:50: Blears is right. We have done much good. Clarke goofed, reshuffles happen, Piers Morgan is just being hectoring and rhetorical
10:52: But Blair WILL go before the next election!
10:53: Hey up, Prescott mentioned, what a surprise!
10:54: Heseltine did not have his own Dept (1995-1997). Nor did Whitelaw (1983-1988)
10:55: It's no secret that Heseltine and Prescott can't stand each other
10:57: Note Heseltine did not refer to his own tenure as Deputy Prime Minister. Note also that Blears did briefly mention that in passing
10:58: Although she should have expanded on this!
23:05: Green issues now. Audience member points out that Tories' record seems mostly to be spin
23:06: Girl in blue blouse. Likely a CF member. All mouth, no back-up of arguments, just mild rhetoric and too young to remember what a Conservative recession was like!
23:08 Morgan praising Brown's record. Go for it Piers!
23:09 I agree with Hazel Blears about a "wake up call" needed for Labour on the enviroment. But we do take a lead, look at our clash over the americans over Kyoto! Would Thatcher have done that!
23:10 Heat turning nicely on the Conservative Party's record of policy!
23:16 Now the discussion is about the official report into the bombings on July 7th.
Campbell is not making a proper point on what information is to be open and which is deemed too sensitive
23:18 Personally I think we were wrong to go into Iraq, but Piers Morgan, and an irate member of the audience in a pink shirt are simplifying the whole issue
23:20 Hazel Blears is right. No excuse whatsoever for July 7th. As one or two vociferous members of the audience don't seem to realise, the whole terrorist situation is more complex than Iraq!
23:21 How about the proposition that more resources were needed. Threy were answered, but then it was realised by intelligence that those resources were not enough!
23:26 Now the issue is on the claim for asylum from the Afghanistan
23:33 Both Campbell and Heseltine are right. Campbell in that their claim must be carefully looked into. Heseltine that the European charter on asylum must be reviewed
And that's it! Quicker than I thought and a bit exhausting, making notes and dashing to my computer and back again. But great fun!