Last night saw BBC’s question time broadcast from the Lincoln Drill Hall. On the panel was MP and chairman of the conservative party Grant Shapps, shadow secretary for energy and climate change Caroline Flint, the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage, Roland Rudd the chairman of business for new Europe and Dr Mary Beard professor of classics at the University of Cambridge.
Among the topics discussed was the future of Lincoln’s high street, the potential for British troops in Mali and the migrant population of Boston, along with burgers made with horse meat and Britain’s membership of the European Union.
The first point of the night was whether the internet is killing off the high-street, after 2013 has already seen Jessops, HMV and Blockbuster collapse into administration.
To this issue Mr Rudd concluded that there is still a role for shops like HMV on the high-street.
He said: “we can’t just rely on online.”
Gemma Cobby, a student of the University of Lincoln who was present at the event, was pleased that the show had come to Lincoln.
she said: “It was good for the community of Lincolnshire itself to have such a big known television [programme] to come here.
“It’s good to see people coming here and sharing a platform to have their views.”