Have you ever listened to Any Questions or Question Time and thought, "Jeez, how on earth would I answer that?" This afternoon I downloaded last week's Any Questions. Among the guests were Professor Peter Hennessy and 'A' Lister and novelist Louise Bagshawe. Peter Hennessy is a great man but went totally over the top in a slightly vicious attack on Conservative motivations. He seemed to say that all Conservatives didn't want others to have the same opportunities that they themselves have. I was slightly shocked by this outburst as he's normally such a thoughtful and eloquent man. Louise Bagshawe was excellent in her response - calm, considered and without malice. In fact her whole performance demonstrated just exactly why she deserves to be on the 'A' List. I've never met Louise but I cannot understand why she has come in for a bit of flack from recidivist snobs who think that a so-called 'chick lit' novelist should stick to the day job. She showed any doubters exactly why she will be an MP after the next election. I have yet to be invited onto Any Questions, but if the call should come (not that I'm hintong, natch) I don't think I could perform better than Louise did. She's someone CCHQ should make a lot of use of in the future.
Postscript: An hilarious moment at the end of the programme when Jonathan Dimbleby announced that Jesse Norman will be on next week's panel. Dimbleby then said: "She's director of policy at Policy Exchange". Shame that Jesse is very much a 'he'!