If we are all allowed the right to offend Historian David Starkey was going for broke on Thursday's Question Time which as usual was chaired by David Dimbleby but this week took place in Lincoln.
Starkey has managed to cause offense whenever he takes part in the show so how come he is repeatedly invited?
BBC QT does like a good mix on the panel such as when comedian and rebel rouser Russell Brand appeared on the same show and panel as UKIP leader Nigel Farage; David Starkey has also appeared alongside controversial Respect party leader George Galloway.
Is the BBC courting controversy, aiming for a good mix of political and social views or just trying to be its most entertaining?
As a regular viewer of Question Time it is obvious that bland panellists make for a bland show but the show must surely avoid bigotry and racism?
Twitter was a blaze during and after Thursday's show debating Islamaphobia in the UK and although there were the odd people tweeting in support of Starkey the vast majority were not.
Mehdi Hasan, Tory MP Anna Soubry and Labour's Douglas Alexander calmly gave Starkey a run for his money but it was probably wasted on him.
He is an Historian who appears to live in the past in every sense.
Mehdi Hasan of course was an obvious choice to be on a panel that included Starkey. In light of the killings in France last week they were bound to clash.
This week's panel was selected January 9 after the French terrorist attacks.
The entire panel were in agreement about the horror of the Charlie Hebdo killings and the terror attack on a kosher supermarket but there the agreement ended.
It made for interesting viewing as the audience asked pertinent questions and the panel responded.
But Starkey went from bad to worse.
At one point he called Mr Hasan Ahmed either because he is an ignorant man who failed to know the names of the other members of the panel; or as a pointedly insulting intentional error; or maybe to highlight that people know Starkey's name but not Hasan's.
But whatever the reason Mehdi rightly picked up on it and it was Starkey who looked small-minded and insignificant.
Many media sources Friday are carrying reports labelling Starkey a bigot and xenophobe following the name mix-up.
While it gives that silly old fool more publicity it surely shows that he is not fit for purpose on QT?
But with many people tweeting that the BBC stop inviting Starkey to be part of QT, a current affairs and political debate show, hopefully his days of causing offense on TV are numbered.
Just how much does he get paid for all of this?
Who is Mehdi Hasan
According to Wikipedia Mehdi Hasan was born in 1979 and is a British political journalist, broadcaster and author.
As a journalist and author, Hasan is the co-author of a biography of Ed Miliband and the political editor of the UK version of The Huffington Post. His ethnic roots are British Indian and he is the presenter of Al Jazeera English shows The Café and Head to Head.
In 2015, Hasan will move to Washington DC to work full time for Al Jazeera; America's gain is the UK's loss.
BBC Question Time is on air on BBC1 Thursdays a little after 10.30 pm. You can apply to be in the audience of the show. It continues on radio in extra time and is repeated on another BBC channel at the weekend.
It is not on air during the Christmas period and similar times during the year.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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