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Andrew13,663 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I'm sure the BBC's senior political team are packing their bags, cutting their holidays short and are heading back to London.

Laura Kuenssberg tweeting 'That’s the end of the summer then...'


Yep. I don’t think Laura was due back until next week. This brought an abrupt end to her summer holidays.


I'm surprised she didn't return for the G7, as Robert Peston was there for ITV.
AJB3929 posts since 10 Aug 2019 new member
I'm sure the BBC's senior political team are packing their bags, cutting their holidays short and are heading back to London.

Laura Kuenssberg tweeting 'That’s the end of the summer then...'


Yep. I don’t think Laura was due back until next week. This brought an abrupt end to her summer holidays.

Probably not. She usually returns when parliament returns,


But Westminster doesn’t return until next week.
itsrobert6,320 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Granada North West Today
Has there been any extended news coverage of Britain being turned into a dictatorship outside of the news channels today?

"Dictatorship"? - Really?


Personally I am no fan of Mr Johnson or his politics, but what he is doing is quite correct. The last Queen's Speech we had was way back in June 2017, then Mrs May decided to extend the parliamentary session for as long as she could. Mr Johnson feels it is time for a new fresh start, a new parliamentary session, so he is bringing in a Queen's Speech.


Parliament is not being suspended for good, it will return on 14th October and the Brexit mess will continue - I have no idea what all the fuss is about today.


His action may be perfectly lawful, but it has an ulterior motive. It just so happens that the necessary proroguing of Parliament stifles debate about Brexit at the very time when it's most needed. And that's not a coincidence? That - to many - will be seen as dictatorial in the sense that it quashes debate in a parliamentary democracy.

Anyway, I sense this could descend in a political argument. Probably best to stick to the TV pres angle.
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TIGHazard475 posts since 3 Jan 2014
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Has there been any extended news coverage of Britain being turned into a dictatorship outside of the news channels today?

"Dictatorship"? - Really?


Personally I am no fan of Mr Johnson or his politics, but what he is doing is quite correct. The last Queen's Speech we had was way back in June 2017, then Mrs May decided to extend the parliamentary session for as long as she could. Mr Johnson feels it is time for a new fresh start, a new parliamentary session, so he is bringing in a Queen's Speech.


Parliament is not being suspended for good, it will return on 14th October and the Brexit mess will continue - I have no idea what all the fuss is about today.


Procedure for a Queen's Speech is for a prorogue only being for a week. Parliament gets a vote for proroguing during conference season.

Johnson is taking that vote out of that hands of parliament. Enough MP's are concerned enough to form an unofficial parliament as I linked to on the last page.
Andrew13,663 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I don't know why people keep starting threads like this here, as as far as the remit of this forum goes, nothing has happened. It's just being covered on the news like normal, maybe the Ten will get extended by 10 mins.

The most we seem to have got is that Presenter X joined Presenter Y on the news channel one hour earlier than usual!
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Inspector Sands13,762 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The other issue is that as things stand there is a lot of important legislation that needs to be passed before 31st October. And that's just the boring logistical stuff, there's little time for any contingency planning to go through
Ne1L C1,060 posts since 11 Sep 2011
I started the thread because I thought I would be worth noting how the news organisations covered what may be unprecedented events.
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itsrobert6,320 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Granada North West Today
I started the thread because I thought I would be worth noting how the news organisations covered what may be unprecedented events.

I think the problem is that nowadays the broadcasters don't really come up with anything new unless the news is absolutely cataclysmic. Gone are the days of a 9/11 thread where we spent at least 20 pages discussing how BBC World had aired its hitherto unheard sombre theme music. There is rarely new presentation that gets an outing and simulcasting has become such the norm that it's not noteworthy. Events like 9/11 led to presentation changes that none of us had ever seen before. Similarly with Diana's death. These days nothing much new happens. Hence why it's probably best to be covered in the mega threads as anything of a political nature ends up veering off course in the current toxic climate.
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TIGHazard475 posts since 3 Jan 2014
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I started the thread because I thought I would be worth noting how the news organisations covered what may be unprecedented events.

I think the problem is that nowadays the broadcasters don't really come up with anything new unless the news is absolutely cataclysmic. Gone are the days of a 9/11 thread where we spent at least 20 pages discussing how BBC World had aired its hitherto unheard sombre theme music. There is rarely new presentation that gets an outing and simulcasting has become such the norm that it's not noteworthy. Events like 9/11 led to presentation changes that none of us had ever seen before. Similarly with Diana's death. These days nothing much new happens. Hence why it's probably best to be covered in the mega threads as anything of a political nature ends up veering off course in the current toxic climate.


Surely parliament getting officially prorogued, but an unofficial parliament sitting elsewhere is a cataclysmic event?

160 of our MP's have signed onto this yesterday, even before the announcement, so I could see more signing on now. And it will affect broadcasting in other ways.

a) Can't sit in HoC, so cameras will have to be set up elsewhere. Presumably as an outside source into Millbank.

b) No PMQ's, as it's not official.

c) The rules about 'parliament footage in comedy programmes' might not apply (obviously never been tested)

Something as big as this could get new special pres. Maybe if BBC Parliament is ran from elsewhere - not Millbank - The graphics may be Reithed.
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