Question Time (with link)
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Update: the episode is available for viewing on BBC iPlayer for a few days here.
I’m going on Question Time tonight, in Rugby. I don’t know why I said yes. Actually I do know - it’s because I’m always brimming with vehement opinions when I watch it, as explained at the beginning of this column.
But of course, having said I’ll go on it, I’m panicking today that I have no opinions about anything, am utterly ignorant of how borrowing works in the Eurozone, and God knows what to say about Syria. Dammit, you have to say yes to these things in advance, and you say yes hoping there’ll be no news stories that week except pasty taxes and David Cameron playing Fruit Ninja, so you can just be flippant and inappropriately opinionated about things that don’t matter very much. And then the day dawns and the news is all grim serious stuff for grown-ups to talk about, and you wonder whether your mum could phone them and say you’re ill.
Ah well. Good luck me. If you watch it and I sound like an idiot, remember, I’m only a poker player…
(nb. If you ever see me playing a poker tournament and I totally cock up a hand, remember: I’m only a writer…)