It's a shame they brought the show to Bradford and then didn't have anyone from Bradford on the panel. What's the point?
It's not like we don't already know what people like Farage will say, whether you agree with it or not, because we've all heard it a thousand times or more.
Bradford has some interesting, high profile political figures on all sides of the spectrum. Whether you like or agree with them or not, people like Naz Shah (Labour, Bradford West), Phillip Davies (Conservative, Shipley), David Ward (former Lib Dem MP for Bradford East) would have made up a more varied and relevant panel, and could comment with some degree of authority on issues of concern to an audience drawn from Bradford.
Apart from seeing if there is anyone in the audience I recognise, there is absolutely nothing about this show with that panel that draws me to watch it.
Question Time seems to have regressed in this regard in recent years.
I remember a previous occasion some years ago when the programme came from Bradford and the Bulls' then chief executive Abi Ekoku was a panellist.
What's frustrating is the over-exposure of some panellists, like Farage, and the under-exposure of voices that could send a strong regional message. If they are going to have a journalist on the panel I can't see for the life of me why it shouldn't be, for example, the editor of the Yorkshire Post, as the major regional news outlet.
And I agree with your points about local politicians. I'm sure that a combination of Naz Shah and Phillip Davies would lead to some interesting debate that would be refreshing because we haven't seen them before in this context.
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