For over 2 years since the proposals to destroy legal aid were first mooted not once has the BBC covered the legal aid cuts on Question Time, despite the fact that Ken Clarke appeared again and again on the programme during that period.
I complained to the BBC on 2 occasions during that period about this and was told that "not enough people were interested in it". This is despite the fact that 600,000 plus people are losing access to justice across the country from 1 April (the equivalent in numbers to 10 Hiroshimas).
This week for the first time and much too late, the issue seems to have swum into the BBC's ken with Lord Neuberger the most senior judge in the country raising his concerns about it and the risk of people "taking the law into their own hands".
Will David Dimbleby and co look at this and will they have someone who understands what is happening to social welfare law there. Fat chance is my bet, any takers?
"..and pat he comes like the catastrophe of the old comedy" (King Lear-Shakespeare)...Yes Ken Clarke is actually on Question Time tonight 7 March 2013-expect some burbling distortions about how he is only cutting "fat cat lawyers".
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David Dimbleby chairs Question Time from Dover. On the panel are Conservative cabinet minister, Ken Clarke MP; Labour's shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg MP; Diane James, UKIP candidate in the Eastleigh by-election; Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT union; and Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips"
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Mar 7, 2013 20:08:55 GMT
Usually have a tweet or two lined up for Question Time! I've yet to see Ken Clarke being asked a justice question when on the panel but will certainly tweet the links. Anyone following please use #bbcqt
I have complained to the BBC and told them that lots of lawyers asked Ken Clarke questions about cuts to legal aid, but were ignored. My complaint was taken very seriously. Apparently my allegations are going to be investigated and they will send me a response in the next 10 days. If you want to make a complaint: Complaints Phone: 03700 100 222 www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/