I've already compared doing BBC Question Time to doing an exam -- in the sense that you have to do the revision, and try to spot the questions (and the other night, I had got the PISA educational tables, Boris's outbursts, and the later retirement age).But the other side of the coin (again like an exam) is that there are all those questions you worked on, but never came up.
For me, there were a variety of these (nothing if not risk averse when it comes to exams). But one was the "Do you love your country?" question -- as asked by MPs to Alan Rusbridger. I had a sneaking feeling that this was a very plausible last quick question, for the three liner answer from each of the panel members. So what the hell would I say?
Now I don't want to give the impression that the QT preparation method is some version of rote learning. It wouldn't work anyway (as the basic questions always come in different formulations, which need different answers). All the same, you have to run through a few options.
On this one, I thought I saw the way forward. Yes, I LOVE my country. But I am not IN LOVE with my country.