By Matthew Barrett
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Consider the composition of the panel:
- Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers
- Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist and arch-crowd-pleasing leftie
- John Denham, Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Richard Lambert, former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry
- Philip Hammond, Conservative MP and Secretary of State for Transport
So, on a day of public sector strikes, the BBC book three lefties, a politically unaffiliated (as far as I'm aware) business leader, and a Conservative. Really balanced. Really likely to lead to proper debate.
I can only agree with Andrew Griffiths, the MP for Burton, who tweeted:
"Complete left wing bias on QT. Labour Minister, Union Leader and leftie Polly Toynbee. Where is the balance? BBC should be ashamed. #bbcqt"
"How on earth can the BBC justify such a left wing love in on Question Time? They should be ashamed."
11.15 Update: See video of John Denham being booed below: