I watched the most recent BBC offering of their “Big debate” programme last night, filmed at Motherwell Civic centre,comprising an audience of younger people, who proved to be fairly clued in to the Independence debate, and mostly asked very reasonable questions, proving that 16-18year olds should have a say in the Referendum.
The questions were presented by the BBCs Gary Robertson to a panel consisting of Willie Rennie, LibDem Msp Annus Sarwar,Labour Mp, Angela Constance SNP Msp, Prof Tam Divine,Historian,and Patrick Harvey, Green party.
Other than the fact that I missed nearly half an hour of the programme, before I was alerted that It was on, by some people Tweeting about it..Which begs the question why the BBC are down playing their advertising of these debates? I also felt that the debate in general was fairly poor, and sometimes terribly misinformed(deliberately or otherwise) with only Tam Devine and Patrick Harvey really standing out, with some solid contributions.
Angela Constance was fine, but the only one to be constantly interrupted and cut off by Robertson,which was particularly noticeable in one question, where she barely managed to give an answer at all, before the presenter, quickly interrupted and moved onto another question from the audience.
I seriously worry, that we are going to be constantly faced with this type of format by the Media for the next two years.
Same old questions, same old answers, same old hand picked political talking heads, and nothing of real substance and vision properly debated….And God forbid..that they should actually try to make a programme which allows a cross section of Scottish Society our chance to debate our views, dreams, fears,aspirations, and hope for our country.
For it to be a “Big Debate” we must have a debate which allows for more than politicians to spin their lines. We need real people to give their views,and speak out, and debate.
If they set up a programme, with opposing points of view from Business, Academia,The Care workers, the taxi driver, the mother, the teenage school kid,the Banking sector, etc. And allowed them voice to speak…We would have a REAL DEBATE.
Instead..we get the same Old, same Old, from the same Old.
If that sort of programming is beyond their grasp…How about at least adding one normal member of society to each side of their politicians in the debate…
With over a decade of public speaking behind me..I would be well up for that opportunity..and would give my eye teeth to have the chance to speak…
Unfortunately I will neither ever be asked,or allowed to do so. I am not part of the In Crowd.
Thus my voice, like so many others, is muted…and my only voice is this Blog.
Independence or not…There is going to have to be some big changes demanded after 2014….It is time for the Old order to move over, and let the new world in!