On the right of politics we have Nick Boles, Conservative, 50, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, Patrick O'Flynn, 50, Ukip, who has been busy this week pushing for people to join Ukip and that party's leave Europe campaign and to add 'balance' we have two Rupert Murdoch representatives and employees, present and former with Camilla Long, 37, "Camilla Elizabeth Long is a British journalist with The Times and The Sunday Times. Descended from the aristocratic Clinton family, she was educated at Oxford High School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford" and Kelvin MacKenzie, 69, "Kelvin Calder MacKenzie is an English media executive and former newspaper editor. He is best known for being editor of The Sun between 1981 and 1994, by then established as the British newspaper with the largest circulation" that is during the Thatcher and Tory years."
The Liverpool Echo posted a report ahead of us this morning in which it writes "Social media has reacted in shock and disappointment at the news that Kelvin MacKenzie will appear on BBC Question Time tonight. Mr MacKenzie, who was behind the infamous Hillsborough headline “The Truth” in the S*n, sparked social media fury following the announcement on the show’s Twitter."
The whole sordid episode will be overseen by David Dimbleby, 77, who is "a British journalist and a presenter of current affairs and political programmes but now best known for the BBC's long running Question Time television series. He is the son of Richard Dimbleby and elder brother of Jonathan Dimbleby."
As a long-time viewer of BBCQT I have watched the declining standards of debate on the show and noted the remnants of any balanced representation on the panel dwindle to nothing.
From 2010 to 2015 when the British government of the day was a Tory Liberal Democrat coalition the scales tipped with both a Lib Dem and a Tory representative appearing often alongside a mainstream media rep of a right-wing publication.
The wool was pulled further over voter's eyes but surely tonight's offering is plain for all to see-perhaps under a premise of the expected EU in/out referendum campaigns getting underway but even before the show is aired we can predict an unbalanced Tory promoting unofficial broadcast.
Last week the BBC was called out for the way it handled a live Labour Party front bench resignation on air. Their response was as expected a whitewash.
BBC bias was running riot last week as Jeremy Corbyn's thoughtful front bench reshuffle was wrecked.
Tonight's BBCQT will depend on the 'carefully selected' audience; just who will have a bum on each of those seats.
It is the first BBCQT of 2016 so perhaps the programmers opted for a contentious and controversial group of panellists to ensure good viewing numbers but my heart goes out to Cat Smith who is being thrown into this right-wing shambles like a lamb to the slaughter.
Updates later during and post BBCQT