National politics came to Stanmore yesterday as commentators gathered at North London Collegiate School (NLCS) to discuss expenses, private education and John Terry’s future on a BBC Radio 4 programme.
The girls school was the site of the topical radio show ‘Any Questions’, hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby. Panelists, including Benedict Brogan, the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator, and former NLCS pupil, entertainer and now idenepedent parliamentary candidate, Esther Rantzen, discussed a range of current news issues.
Much time was spent looking at the revelations earlier that day that three Labour MPs and a Conservative peer would face criminal charges for fraudulent expenses claims.
The guests, also including the onetime Lib Dem Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, faced questions on the role of private education in the twenty-first century.
When Dimbleby turned the question around and asked a student what her views were, she admitted that she was unsure, but ‘my parents made the decision’. Both Brogan and Ranzten defended the place of private schools.
Listen to the full broadcast here.