The Editor of Question Time, hand-picked by host David Dimbleby, has decided to resign from his post in objection to the moving of the production of the show from London to Glasgow. Noone likes to see people lose their jobs under any circumstance but I have to say that I have little sympathy for Ed Havard’s arguments.

The regular belittling of Scottish issues, typified by a quite disgraceful verbal slapping down of the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon in a recent episode, not to mention the general London-centric tone of the show, has become quite grating for a while now. So what better way to remind the makers of the show that devolution exists and that local issues count than to have the show produced in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland where many Westminster policies do not actually apply.

In many ways the difficulties in pitching Question Time at the right level is intertwined with the West Lothian Question that still plagues Westminster. Discuss Health, Justice and Education issues and millions of licensepayers are getting shortchanged through irrelevant content but discuss strictly Scottish issues and you alienate 90% of your audience. The answer, presumably, would be to ensure that discussion of devolved issues was limited to the same split as across borders within the UK’s population but this is far from the case currently as Question Time’s disallowance of fiscal policy discussion in Glasgow itself testified.

Furthermore, in terms of moving BBC shows away from London, there can be little argument against spreading jobs and economic activity away from the UK’s capital and out to areas where the need is greater. The aim for greater than 50% of BBC spending on network programming being based outside of London is a commendable one and if it means putting a few noses out of joint then so be it.

I have feared for a while that David Dimbleby has gotten too big for his bullock to be honest and if he can’t see that the BBC needs to adapt going forward then a tipping point may be reached. The host of a London-based and London-centric politics show getting in the way of a better balanced economic and regional solution can only mean one thing as far as I am concerned.

Perhaps a change is as good as a rest. Or, then again, one can instead just watch Channel 4’s rival, The Ten O’Clock show (starring the artist formerly known as Tory Bear this evening incidentally).

It’s a shame BBC Question Time has reached this situation though. The programme could provide a great service to help constituent nations of the UK learn about each other a bit more if it adapted its format just a little bit. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens I suppose but Glasgow’s gain and London’s perceived loss will be to the UK’s benefit.