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Question Dine: A row is on the menu

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15-2 Question Dine

In the final episode of WORLDbytes’ Royal Society of Arts award winning series, prospective MPs including Diane Abbott are given the third degree in a cafe in East London. Volunteer Naomi Lamb remains unconvinced and says she is not going to vote. The Conservative Mayoral candidate for Hackney, Andrew Boff puts the boot in and tells Naomi to at least vote against him. Diane Abbott argues that blacks in South Africa and suffragettes died for the right to vote and says that those who do not vote are letting the middle ground win. Spiked’s Brendan O’Neill argues this amounts to blackmail and contempt for the public. The suffragettes and black activists fought for the right to vote to bring about social change he points out, not to elect this lot. What do you think?

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Adelah Bilal said:

I took part in this debate as I wanted to know what the politicians thought about individuals being penalised if they don’t cut back on their carbon emissions. I felt that ‘going green’ should not be the most topical issue of the election as there were really important issue to tackle such as the economy, and that penalties for high carbon emissions was another restriction on people’s freedom. It was quite interesting that the politicians seemed to miss my argument, in that they were more worried about the most effective means to cut down emissions, rather that the ‘politics of fear’ and guilt used to restrict people.

It felt good to air my views and discuss heated and controversial political issues, especially leading up to a very significant election. I must admit I was surprised at the level of passion from the MPs when talking about certain issues. Although there were shocking moments of the debate, it made for an even more heated and interesting episode of Question Dine and also made me more intent on contributing my own views and ideas.

Victoria said:

“The arguments were really intense its a shame that we had to edit some parts out. As a huge fan of Question time, Question Dine enabled me to improve my analytical and debating skills and moreover understand that our politicians should just agree to disagree”

peter M said:

Ofcourse, voting is essential people (niaomi) I hope you did eventually vote.

Denise JK said:

Congratulations on winning an award for your Question Dine programmes I have just watched them both and must say was pretty bowled over, best arguments I’ve heard in a while.

Denny said:

It’s frustrating to watch people in Hackney saying that they’re not going to vote because ‘politicians are all the same’. They obviously haven’t read about their local independent candidates!

In south Hackney I’m running on a platform of sharing my vote in Parliament with everybody in my area – that’s definitely not ‘the same as all the others’! My platform also addresses the point of broken promises that so many people brought up in your video. Parties come up with new policies after they are elected and you can’t do anything about it… my policies would all be subject to public debate and control, for the entire time I was in Parliament.

If you’re disillusioned with the parties, read up on your local independents, they might be exactly what you’re looking for – or they might be something so different that you hadn’t even thought of it!

tricky2010 said:

Ooh, this is really feisty and yet again the “you should vote” was argued by our parliamentary candidates instead of trying to inspire us with ideas worth voting for. Yet the questions and opinions from the volunteers shows that aspirations and the desire to have some real political ideals to chomp over is alive and kicking.