Saturday, 18 February 2012

Knowle hosts Any Questions?

QUESTIONS about the economy, binge drinking and Rubert Murdoch were asked by Knowle residents at a live broadcast of Radio 4’s Any Questions? from the village last night.


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Jonathan Dimbleby chaired the 45 minute panel debate show from Arden school at 8pm.

He was joined by Green Party MP and leader Caroline Lucas; Labour MP, Tristram Hunt; Conservative MP and historian, Kwasi Kwarteng and director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood.

Residents were asked to submit questions as they entered at 7pm and five were read out. Listen to the show here. The Knowle Society has posted pictures here.

Chris Davies asked: “Does the panel expect their Sundays to be much improved following publication of Mr Murdoch’s Sun on Sunday?”

Following discussion on the question, Mr Dimbleby asked the audience of 400 if their Sundays would improve.

After no hands went up, he said: “In Knowle, if this audience represents Knowle, it won’t be worth the newsagents putting it on the stands.”

Euan Rowe, 14, asked: “Does the panel see the nuclear power agreement as a good thing and would the panel welcome one of the proposed nuclear powers stations into their own constituency or where they live?”

A show of hands after debate on the topic showed a “significant majority” in favour of the plans.

Robert Hulland asked: “What should the Government do to ensure that Britain maintains it’s triple AAA credit rating?”

Stephen Holt asked: “Is a minimum price for alcohol an effective way of dealing with Britain’s drinking problems?”

Jill Collins asked: “What does the panel think of the fact, which has recently come to light, that £400,000 of taxpayers’ money has already been spent on renting and maintaining 12 fig trees in the atrium of Portcullis House and the ongoing annual maintenance costs of £32,000 a year?”

The event has been organised by The Knowle Society as part of celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubillee.