BBC Queshen Time…

was presented by FioBru to an audience which seemed to be a fair mix of left and right, Brexiteers and Remoaners and the sane and insane. The panel was of course unbalanced in favour of lefty Remoaner lunacy, though a bit less unbalanced than usual.

I will think of it as Queshen Time until such time as Fiona Bruce manages to say the word properly more than twice during the show – usually at the beginning and end. And for me she will be FioBru until then because I’m sure that is what I’ll hear if she ever tries to pronounce her name on the show.

Here are some queshens, um, sorry, questions: does FioBru talk like this because she exists in a soapy ‘liberal’-left bubble and it’s hard to talk clearly through it? Or does she race through sentences cheerfully skipping syllables (and sometimes entire words) because the panelists must be encouraged to spout fountains of lefty indoctrination and the hour passes so quickly? Or is it perhaps a bit of both?

I want to be fair and so I will not claim that FioBru frequently interrupted Melanie Phillips and the Iraqi Tory guy because they are not lefties and let the race-baiting Greer woman talk because she is one. It was probably because Phillips and the Tory are both quite verbose while Greer is more succinct. And it needs to be pointed out that FioBru also interrupted that verbose Labour Comrade as she insisted that her Party was a thing of wonder and beauty. It’s quite rare of course for a BBC personage to turn on her own, but it does happen. I recall that Dimbleby was quite tough at times with devotees of Comrade Corbyn.

Now I would like to see Queshen Time transform itself into a show that accurately reflects the attitudes and concerns of the majority of British people during these troubled times. I’d like to see an EU dictator or two sharing a panel with Farage and another Brexiteer and perhaps Julia Hartley-Brewer, with an audience tilted towards leaving with no deal. The EU dictators would at last be grilled during a BBC show about their arrogance and intent to destroy the sovereignty of member states.

But I realise that is as unlikely as FioBru learning how to enunciate the English language.

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18 Responses to BBC Queshen Time…

  1. vlad says:

    “Now I would like to see Queshen Time transform itself into a show that accurately reflects the attitudes and concerns of the majority of British people…”

    No, that would allow the beeb to claim impartiality and live another day. The evil beast must be slain.


  2. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    “I wouldn’t be here right now sitting opposite you or speaking at the UN if I hadn’t made a big noise.”

    Actress Jameela Jamil spoke to BBC HARDtalk on having no filter, dealing with racism and taking on the fashion industry.


    True. Apparently.


  3. Deborah says:

    I watched a little QT yesterday. I suppose I lasted a little longer than recent ones but trying to listen to what Melanie had to say was difficult with Fi’s almost rude interruptions. But when a member of the audience asked the Labour woman what her party’s policy was on Brexit, Fi couldn’t break in fast enough to say she wanted to hear more from the audience first..

    I thought Dimbleby was bad but Fi is definitely worse. No attempt at evenhandedness but whether the decision to interrupt is hers alone or as instructions down her ear piece, I am not sure. There seems to be an air of desperation about her timing.


    • TrueToo says:

      Interesting points, Deborah.

      I think you are lucky to have missed the confrontation between a white guy in the audience and Bonnie Greer, pompous, self-righteous lefty black activist armed with a complete deck of race cards. She played one of them here, claiming it’s bad to be a foreigner in the country these days. The white guy challenged her on that and her response was to spout hearsay about alleged racial abuse against an alleged Polish friend of hers.

      Fiona Bruce was meanwhile frozen in peecee silence and then Greer took over Bruce’s role, asking the white guy if she’d answered his question. Evidently she hadn’t, but she talked over him as he tried to expand on his objection, ending by smugly implying that, as a black woman, she knew all about racism while as a white man he obviously didn’t.

      Bruce then quickly moved on, proving, as if anyone needed proof, that there will never be a challenge from the lefty BBC to black racism against whites.


      • theisland says:

        I assume the blessed Bonnie and luvvie Fi never travel by bus nowadays. They are both obviously ill equipped to be on any sort of ‘panel’ so are minded to prop each other up in their delusional state of superiority.


        • TrueToo says:


          Greer was probably schooled in her race baiting by the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – who made careers out of claiming black victimhood at the hands of whites. Saint Barack Obama was probably also an influence.

          Greer gave an example of a Polish woman to try to justify her ridiculous statement re foreigners. That was cunning. I have a suspicion that she deliberately didn’t dredge up any examples of hostility towards black foreigners so as to portray herself as above racial considerations. Obviously, she isn’t.

          Fiona Bruce treated her with deference throughout that show. No wonder.


          • JamesArthur says:

            I have no idea who the Black lady is but she showed herself to be bigot regardless of race or colour – she was unable to accept this chaps views ..(Bigot) she was also rude to him when he was polite and I know a lot of Polish people as friends and in work (I am learning Polish and they all ask why?)and none of them have ever had this issue of which she spoke..funny that..but what gave it all away was her ‘ I am a minority you are not so I know what it is like’.. this is always the card.. but in London Boroughs he is the minority – she just doesn’t know it.. not a very nice lady and I still don’t know who she is..


  4. Not Gwent says:

    “…accurately reflects the attitudes and concerns of the majority of British people…”

    I don’t know if anyone caught the Newswatch programme a couple of weeks back? The RBC man said he wouldn’t ‘balance’ racists (even though they were tax paying people too). Sorry if I mis remembered though the point I am trying to make is that some views were not worthy of consideration when planning balanced output.

    I think this is why bias is built into the RBC. It won’t consider balancing its output to reflect all views instead it takes on board only those which it approves of.


  5. TrueToo says:

    Not Gwent:

    It won’t consider balancing its output to reflect all views instead it takes on board only those which it approves of

    You’ve given me an idea for an acronym. Instead of the BBC, it should be UBC – Unbalanced Bigots Club


  6. Up2snuff says:

    TT, to answer the question “does FioBru talk like this because she exists in a soapy ‘liberal’-left bubble and it’s hard to talk clearly through it?” it is a form of modern English known as ‘Estuarine’. It is heavily London influenced and people think it makes them sound young and trendy and/or – if politicians or in contemporary arts – sound cool and not posh or proper. It is a hangover from the Blair NoiseLabour years and has, indeed, a Left-ish root to it.

    Tony Blair (born in Edinburgh, pre-school in Australia, educated in Durham and Edinburgh and Oxford) adopted it and many of his Cabinet and fellow Labour MPs adopted it, Glottal Stops and all.

    Those of us of a similar age who were born in ‘Lunnon’ had parents and teachers teaching and then nagging us children to “talk properly” as it was seen as a way to do well in both education and career.

    Not any more.



    • TrueToo says:


      That’s interesting. I remember listening to Ed Miliband at the time that he was pretending to be a leader and wondering why he could not or would not pronounce the letter ‘T’.

      But I’m not sure that FioBru has a similar problem. Her poor enunciation seems to be deep rooted rather than acquired through wanting to be trendy. She doesn’t seem to do any glottal stops. She’s probably spoken as she does since childhood.


      • Up2snuff says:

        TT, I don’t recall her being like that when she started newsreading at the Beeb. Maybe I was distracted by the eyebrows back then … . . 😉


        • TrueToo says:


          Could it be that she used to be better but is getting sloppy with age?!


          • Up2snuff says:

            False teeth? Eeeeek!

            Nice dimples in the cheeks, though. Good bone structure … we’ll be getting back to the Swinson Sweater girl if we’re not too careful.


    • Adezeroonie says:

      Shouldn’t that be “Landan”?


  7. Sluff says:

    The Sluff household has a 2004 home video in which a certain Sluff junior does a spoof impersonation of one Fiona Bruce who seemed at the time to be on all programmes.
    Here we are in 2019 and what has changed?
    Perhaps the smirk that goes with untouchability is a little wider.


    • TrueToo says:

      Thanks for the chuckle. Is it a smirk, though, or is it just a slightly-strained smile?


  8. TrueToo says:

    James Arthur,

    Her name is Bonnie Greer, originally from Chicago. She is an activist and a ‘journalst’ and I won’t be reading anything she writes. The BBC loves her.