Big Picture 14-11-12

14th November 2012

In this week’s edition of The Big Picture, Michael Gaffney welcomed a panel consisting of Alexander Fitzgerald, Sebastian Bench and Elliot Johnson. The debate began with a discussion of the crisis which has enveloped the BBC, with false allegations made against a Tory peer leading to the resignation of the Corporation’s Director-General. The panel questioned whether the BBC’s national and international reputation had been damaged, and speculated as to how the organisation can recover.

In the next section, the panel discussed the future of the Republican Party in the wake of their defeat in the US Presidential elections. The influence of the Tea Party upon Republican policy loomed large in the discussion, as did Mitt Romney’s inability to connect with the electorate. The panel also offered their opinions on who the GOP might field as a candidate for the 2016 Presidential Election, with the likes of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush mentioned in particular.

Finally, we moved on to the consequences for Nadine Dorries MP’s political career in the wake of her decision to enter reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here”. The panel gave Dorries’ argument that she wanted to connect with a disaffected public short shrift, and the unanimous verdict was that her days as a member of the Conservative Party are most definitely numbered.

Thanks to everyone who listened and texted in