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What you've said: 7 July 2005
Find out what you had to say about Question Time on Thursday, 7 July, 2005, from Johannesburg.

The topics discussed were:

The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received:

London bombs

Audience question: The bombings in London today is an attack on humanity. What should be done to immobilise global extremist, violent groups?

You said:

I am a reasonable, non-violent and peaceful member of society but I give the government of my country permission to take whatever action necessary to defeat the forces of evil that devastated the lives of people involved in the bombings in London.
Bob Evans, Stourbridge

Border controls need to be tightened and all people given ID cards. You have nothing to worry about if you aren't doing wrong. I wish all the liberal do-gooders would wake up and face reality.
David Ladley, Manchester

I think a HUGE round THANK YOU is deserved towards the Metropolitan and British Transport Police, the London Ambulance Service, the London Fire Brigade, London hospitals and the staff of London Underground and London buses for such a professional, efficient and well organised response to the outrages we experienced today. Well done.
James Morgan, London

I think that if they don't show the attacks via news then the people who commit the attacks will stop doing it. I think that they do it maybe to get fame, even if it is for a little while. They are able to watch what they have done on TV, and everyone else can see it too. Of course it is imperative to inform the country of what is going on, but maybe if they ban immediate reports then it might deter the attackers, as they know they won't be in the media.
Marc Townson, Bradford, age 16

My thoughts and prayers are with all those people and families affected by these events. After watching the news channels throughout the day, I am proud of all our emergency services and the spirit the Brits are able to display at times such as this. Today's response to the terrorists who believe they can intimidate such a great nation will send them a loud and clear message: "You will not win, you cannot win, because our belief of real freedom will beat you every time - that is something that you are unable to fight against for it is much too strong for any bomb".
Clare Morris, Birmingham

After taking us into a war that the country as a whole did not want, and therefore guaranteeing us as targets for this kind of attack, Mr Blair now talks about how brave we will be in the face of terror. Will he be on the underground at rush hour tomorrow? Or the day after? Or will he be drowning in personal security in his every safe movement?
Roz Taswell-Fryer, Wendover

TEXT: I've said it before and I'll say it again - close our borders. Period.
Charlie, Stevenage

The question that those who are sympathetic to terrorist actions must ask themselves is do they want to be governed by people who think nothing of indiscriminately killing and maiming innocent people irrespective of age, sex, race or religion, or do they want leaders who respect human rights and are prepared to be democratically accountable to their electorate for their actions?
Adrian Archer, Dorchester

TEXT: I am a convert to Islam and I totally condemn all forms of terrorism.
Carolyn, London

TEXT: Young Muslims should understand they are being used. Bin Laden won't blow himself up.
Dave, Taunton

TEXT: These maniacs do not represent Muslims. We are a peace-loving, pious people.
Abid, London

Surely there can be no excuse for murder? Saying that their grievances should be addressed seems to suggest that there might be. In fact, what are the grievances of the people of Al-Qaeda? Everyone talks as if this is clear, but it's not.
Richard Jurgens, Amsterdam

TEXT: Tough action is required against terrorists. Time to forget human rights.
Haden, Oswestry

TEXT: Morally, how does this differ from us killing innocent Iraqis?
N, Preston

TEXT: Al Qaeda doesn't understand London. London is a living organism, it understands death and life.
Al, Essex

I am a proud British Muslim and am sickened with what has happened within my homeland, the city of London. Why is it so difficult to live as humans should? I feel we need to show all the terrorists what Londoners are made of.
Saffia Khan, London

TEXT: I honestly believe the West and the Islamic East are heading for a showdown. Secular democracy and Islam are mutually incompatible.
Jon, Bucks

TEXT: The cowardly Al Qaeda scum must be hunted to the ends of the earth for justice's sake.
Tim, Elgin

TEXT: Thirty-seven died today in London and 50,000 died in Africa from poverty. Where is it better to spend our money? Bombing Afghanistan or helping Africa?
Glyn Jones

G8 summit

Audience question: Does the panel believe the attacks in London could de-rail the G8's focus on "Making Poverty History" and ignite renewed passion for the war on terror instead?

You said:

The events of today are tragic, I know, my family and I were caught up in 11 September. Our deepest sympathies to all bereaved and injured today. Please don't give these terrorists any more air time: focus on global and African poverty, what the G8 summit is all about.
Julie Lyon, Macclesfiled

Today 33 and several more of our fellow citizens have died at the hands of sick and twisted terrorists. However, every three seconds - yes three seconds!!! - an innocent child dies in Africa for reasons that we can change. Let's spend as much time televising the far more widespread deaths of fellow human beings in other countries, as well as our own tragic losses.
Jamie Bassnett, Manchester

Wherever G8 have met has always attracted protest of the worst kind. Enormous police operations, massive expense and destruction. Let them meet on a liner or aircraft carrier well off shore and put an end to this circus. Churchill did!
Colin Ross, Southampton

What a waste of life, and I do feel for all the dead, the injured and their families. However please just try and realise that this carnage is happening on a daily basis in Iraq (and some of our illustrious leaders at the G8 are responsible for it). What wasted years since 9/11.
John Mason, Falkirk, Scotland

I very much believe what Edna Ismail picked up on. There should be more done worldwide to prevent terrorism. I think the G8 leaders should have another summit to look at terrorism and how we can approach it peacefully, as a world united. At the same time I strongly believe that Gleneagles should focus on making poverty history, but I look forward as well to having a further summit as terrorism is spreading worldwide.
Mr Gale, Southampton, Hampshire

I think that we need a new method of fighting terrorism. War on terror is a contradiction. War causes terror. The way to fight terrorism is to tackle its causes, to close the gap between those who have and those who have not. Poverty, hunger, and lack of education are the true cause of terrorism. It is poverty, injustice and ignorance that we must fight, not each other.
Cora Kearney, Co. Waterford

Do we really believe that cancellation of the debt in African countries will help these countries to strive economically? I would rather think that the key problem with African countries is good governance, not debt cancellation.
Ton Oguara, Birmingham

TEXT: Today I was glad that Tony Blair was our leader.
Sue, Essex

TEXT: We need to be more pro-active and less reactive to terrorism and its roots and understand why people do these terrible things.
Foz, Formby

Tonight, after four bombs left 38 people dead and 700 injured in London, we should remember, also, the 30,000 children who have died because of absolute poverty today. It is all, now, open to Tony Blair - he has worldwide sympathy and respect, and he is at a critical moment in his life. He can, and must, use all the moral authority he has in Gleneagles to persuade all of the most important leaders in the world to Make Poverty History.

The USA wasted its moral authority and global sympathy in the aftermath of 9/11. It is down to us, now, to spend the emotional response and commitment to help the rest of the world, on what will genuinely contribute to the eradication of terrorism more than buying new weapons - the eradication of poverty and despair in the world. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, friends and families of those affected, and very, very importantly tonight, Tony Blair.
Tom Beardshaw, Cardiff

TEXT: Why are we expected to sort out the mess that Africa continually creates for itself. Just for once let's see to ourselves first!
M, Kent

The Ghanaian debt was cancelled about three weeks ago. Is there any way of reinstating that debt because the government are going to treat themselves to $25,000 cars. I am of Ghanaian origin
Peni Afreh, Stratford

TEXT: Morgan Tsvangirai is right. Bush and Blair inflamed the situation just as millions predicted.
Elizabeth, London

TEXT: To attack fundamentalist terrorism we have to attack bad education and unemployment in Arabic countries.
Giles, London

I believe Africa is not in debt to anyone. Let the continent trade fairly in the world economy with its own riches.
Victor, London


Audience question: What action should take place concerning Mugabe's regime. How long must we wait?

You said:

I'm in no way a supporter of Mugabe however, as a young Zimbabwean national, I have no confidence in the opposition party. I'm rather sceptical of Morgan's credentials of being a president. Apart from criticising Mugabe what does he have to offer Zimbabweans? What guarantee is he giving us that he will not loot the country's resources like Mugabe?
Ndhlovukazi, Reading

TEXT: Why doesn't the South African government condemn Mugabe?
Mike Smith, Wigan

TEXT: Mugabe is one curse to Africa that no one would mourn.
Bob, Astley

TEXT: Relieve debt ONLY when African countries stop supporting the antics of Mugabe.
Rob, Pangbourne

TEXT: It's about time Zimbabwe sorted out Mugabe.
JG, Welling

TEXT: We went to war in Kosovo. What's the difference in Zimbabwe? Mugabe must be stopped!
Oli, Swindon

TEXT: Mugabe is not Africa. It is 53 countries.
Jen, Leeds

TEXT: Mugabe has created famine in Zimbabwe. He needs to be removed.
Matt, London

TEXT: Colonialism caused poverty. The G8 leaders must accept this before they can take effective action on poverty in Africa. FREE ZIMBABWE!
Duncan, Edinburgh

TEXT: Zimbabwe is not our problem. It is for the UN to deal with. Otherwise what is their purpose?
John, Cumbria

TEXT: The only difference between Zimbabwe and Iraq is the oil. I'm disgusted we haven't acted.
Gerrad, Staffs

Debt and corruption

Audience question: Why should developed nations continue to give debt relief to Africa or further aid when we know it only enriches and empowers corrupt leaders?

You said:

After watching Question Time Africa debate in Johannesburg, I realized that most of the poverty stricken countries of the world like those in Africa, Latin America and Asia have simliar problems regarding debts, health, education, trade and political control. People must realize that change is possible and we can rise from our weakened state, perhaps even without foreign help. We have the resources and and the people to make ourselves develop better, both economically and socially. But those corrupt officials in public office prevent us from doing so. They have their own agendas to pursue, and neglect the needs of their nation. Therefore, sometimes making aid useless. For they will only misuse them and keep it for themselves. Unless good, honest and hardworking leaders will step up, struggling countries will remain as they are and will never grow, and perhaps even continue to further decline.
Hannika, Manila, Philippines

Although cancellation of debt and aid is important in the short term, the answer to Africa's problems surely lie in a fairer trade system. This can only be achieved by African nations having more power. At the moment they are exploited by divide and rule. African leaders should look at coming together to form a United States of Africa. This would give them the power to stand up to America, Europe and Asia and negotiate better trade terms .
David Morton

TEXT: Africa is like a grown up child still living with parents. We want to solve our own problems yet we still blame the British.
Annette, Tooting

TEXT: How can the UK be expected to solve the problems in Africa when our own country is in such a sorry state?
Tim, Worthing

TEXT: None of the panel or the audience look thin from lack of a good meal. Sort your own problems out.
Tony, Windsor

TEXT: Sorry folks, but Africa will always continue to suffer as long as there are evil dictators and unfair trading.
Dek, London

TEXT: Too many corrupt African leaders have contributed to poverty. It's not all about colonialism.
Terry, Hants


Audience question: Do you think that the cause of the high rate of Aids in Africa is poverty? If not, what other element is the major cause?

You said:

Why is it so difficult for some of your panel members to recognise that HIV/Aids spreads very rapidly through promiscuous behaviour? It was left to one of the audience to voice this self-evident fact. Yes, support effective healthcare programmes, but until the message of responsible sexual relationships is accepted the root cause of millions of unnecessary deaths will remain.
Peter Cassidy, Camberley

The question about promiscuity was never answered. Africa doesn't need condoms. It needs sex education like we had and it needs sexual morals not debt cancellation or more finance to continue in the same vein. Also it's not the fault of the UK. We seem to be the blame of every country that was ever visited by an Englishman. Get a grip of your own problems please and stop costing me more tax.
Mike Cathrall, Middlewich

Too much time is spent trying to cure the disease rather than preventing it. Far better education of young people in particular is needed to stop the increasing spread of HIV/Aids, with the full explanation of the need to use condoms when engaging in any sexual activity. It is important that the dangers of the disease are fully and clearly explained to all communities in Africa, this done, hopefully we will see eventually the elimination of HIV/Aids from the population of Africa altogether. I do however fear this will take many years to achieve.
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex

TEXT: Aids and HIV is a world problem. Think the world should wake up and listen. Africa needs help. Now.
Ken, Bathgate

TEXT: Religion again is the answer. Tell the pope to say that condoms are ok to use.
G, Surrey

TEXT: Aids is not a result of poverty just irresponsible unprotected sex.
Alun, Sutton Coldfield

General comments

You said:

A very timely edition - on a day that could have provoked jingoistic rhetoric, we heard disinterested views from a lot of intelligent people about the UK's role in the world. Congratulations to the organisers - I look forward to more "specials" from Africa and the Middle East.
John, Kingston

Excellent QT - if only we listened to the audience! Some hard facts came out which again shows the third world the double standards of the West with regard to corruption, humanity, aid and suffering. Morgan came over as a very astute politician; my best wishes go to him.
John Kenny, Taunton, Somerset

I believe that the BBC deserves tremendous credit for its Question Time programme tonight. This type of debate is the most vital kind.
Vince Smeaton, Hornchurch, London

An interesting programme but I was dismayed at the anti-British undercurrent present throughout. Do Africans honestly believe that they would have been better off without our input centuries ago? Do the Indians blame us for our occupation of India? No, they have taken a framework and built on it to become a great nation. I think a lot of yesterday's QT was a kick in the teeth to the current British population who are doing everything they can to drag this region into the 21st century.
Chris, Falmouth

Having watched the programme last night, I was absolutely disgusted with the comments of Bianca Jagger. To blame the British for absolutely every African problem is not only utter rubbish, but shows how ignorant she obviously is. As Ms Jagger obviously believes we British are such evil people, which I believe could be construed as inciting hatred, presumably she will never set foot in our country again!
J Wright, Bradford

I would like to thank the Question Time team for inviting Ms Edna, finance minister of Somaliland, to its programme. Please BBC I hope that you will continue the quality attention you have taken up again regarding Africa. Keep up the good work.
Emmanuel Deisser, Liege, Belgium

What was the point of this programme? How much of our licence fee went to producing Question Time from Johannesburg? This week's lacklustre panel proved that Africa's problems are so complex as to be almost insurmountable without the political will of Africa's governments to create change. Money is not enough.
Mary Kallagher, Norfolk

People are still dying. And the BBC's "cross section" of panellists blame the British Government and the United States for the acts of these animals. This ranks number two on the things that disgusted me today.
Andrew Day, London, UK

TEXT: Thanks for having a black majority panel tonight. Africans themselves need a voice, not Britain to speak for them.
Emma, Cumbria

Please keep Baroness Amos quiet. She has nothing but platitudes to spout.
A M Ginsberg, Potters Bar

TEXT: Congratulations BBC on letting us hear the foreigners' views!
E, Bromsgrove

What an appalling weak and sad mouthpiece of the Labour administration Baroness Amos turned out to be and what an inspiring, intelligent and perspicacious man Morgan Tsvangirai was - a greater contrast you could not have hoped for. How can we expect our government to be effective when people like Amos are in positions of power? I wouldn't trust her with anything, let alone a government job.
Steve Warwick, London

TEXT: Excellent QT. What a knowledgeable audience. Another reason to make poverty history.
Amanda, Kingston

TEXT: Keep going Morgan. We are behind you. Mugabe must go.
Kirsty, Chester

Excellent programme. More foreign QTs please.
Toby Alcock, London

TEXT: At some point Africa has to help itself if it is to progress. All I hear is "somebody else is to blame".
George, Kent

TEXT: One of the most fascinating QTs. Was off to bed but am SO glad I stayed up.
Lucy, Suffolk

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