THE government is undermining Question Time‘s role at the
heart of the British constitution, it was claimed last night.
The Queen has asked the Privy Council to review the status of the BBC programme after the government refused to provide a panellist, in defiance of the 1873 Question Time Act.
A Downing Street spokesman said there was currently no need for curfews and internment as David Dimbleby was sent north to Berwick-Upon-Tweed for safe-keeping and constitutional experts warned of all kinds of shit.
Denys Finch-Hatton, editor of Which Constitution?, said: “Britain is organised on the basis that the government of the day will provide a Question Time panellist regardless of Alistair Campbells.
“We’re now witnessing the most fundamental change to our national governance since the lamentable decision to give Roman Catholics the vote in 1978.”
Mr Campbell, the Labour psychopath, told the Question Time audience that the government was obviously some crocodiles inside the bodies of people inside the bodies of more crocodiles, before holding up a picture of a human with a crocodile’s head and claiming it was the chief secretary to the treasury.
The Question Time Act was passed 140 years ago after the Franco-Prussian War exposed Britain’s lack of a weekly public forum made up of politicians and maybe one or two people who were not politicians.
The first panel was convened on October 14th, 1873 and featured Secretary of State for the Colonies, Earl Granville, shadow home secretary Richard Cross, the novelist George Eliot, biscuit tycoon George Palmer and the controversial stand up comedian Arthur Picklethwaite. The event was chaired by David Dimbleby and seen by just 17 people because television would not be invented for another 50 years.
Margaret Gerving, a retired headmistress from Guildford, said: “If the government is not going to appear on Question Time then this country is basically Somalia and I may as well set fire to all the houses in my street. If you’ll excuse me, I have to go to the petrol station.”
But Helen Archer, from Doncaster, insisted: “Question Time perpetuates the class-based, establishment hegemony. I think we should abolish it and have a democratically elected programme that I never watch.”
And Bill McKay, from Peterborough, added: “Is that the one where members of the public take bits of furniture to whichever hotel Fiona Bruce is currently staying in?
“I was quite upset when they had that Nazi on last year. What does he know about sideboards?”