It is the BBC that has shot itself in the foot by stuffing the panel with unelected self-promoters, rather than choosing elected politicians ('Government lost PR battle after refusing to appear on Question Time', prweek.com/uk, 28 May). There was only one MP on the panel - and he was a Tory. The BBC has done itself a disservice by appearing to seek to undermine the new government on what used to be a serious programme, but which has become just another puerile game show dominated by bullying egos rather than a forum for serious debate.
- It made Tories look like they were running scared
Not putting anyone up was a complete mistake, particularly with both Campbell and Morgan on the same panel. I am in favour of the coalition - or at least giving it a chance - but trying to control who was on the show was naive and suggests the Tories still haven't figured out how to deal with Campbell. It made them look like they were running scared this early.
- Coalition will control its media strategy
Contrary to some views, what the coalition might be saying is that it doesn't buy into the old-style government-bashing, show-business approach of programmes like Question Time, but will control its media strategy and engage in proper political debate where and when it chooses.
- It is not up to parties to make conditions
Total own goal by the coalition.
It is not up to political parties to make conditions on who else appears. The BBC wants a lively debate. Campbell, love him or loathe him, always delivers that.