The member of the audience at the very back of the studio took presenter Fiona Bruce by surprise on BBC Brexit, sorry, Question Time.
Said the jacketed, bespectacled gentleman:
“A lot of people voted for Brexit because they didn’t want foreign workers taking our jobs,”
“And now, that’s exactly the situation that we’ve got. We’ve got a lack of foreign workers which is why we’ve got these shortages.”
Oh dear. Obviously a Remainer. How on earth did HE get into the audience?
“Can I just hear from someone…”
Befuddled Ms Bruce couldn’t finish her sentence. She wanted to say:
“Can I just hear from someone who voted FOR Brexit, for goodness sake?”
For clarity, she added:
“Because the majority of you voted FOR Brexit in this audience.”
The flummoxed Ms Bruce could barely finish her words. This isn’t supposed to be happening!
“We select this audience very carefully to be representative.”
She said, trying to offer an excuse for a Remain opinion filtering through on HER show.
“Can I just hear from someone who did vote for …”
She wanted to say Brexit.
She needs to hear from audience members who voted for Brexit, dammit, because Brexit won, didn’t it? Most people voted for Brexit and that’s why most people in this audience are Brexiters. Duh!
Oh, hold on, better check.
“I’m assuming you didn’t vote for Brexit.”
She said, pointing her pen at the clever-looking bloke at the back who’s obviously a sneaky Remainer who somehow managed to get into the audience.
Came the reply:
“I did actually.”
Oh dear. Fiona could have fallen off her chair.
“OK. And you’re still saying that? OK.”
But it’s not OK at all.
Call yourself a Brexiter when you spout anti-Brexit views like that on MY show?
You ticked the ‘I voted Leave’ box on the #BBCQT questionnaire.
We don’t have a box for, ‘I voted Leave but now I can see it’s a bloody stupid idea.’
So, here are three questions I’ve sent to BBC Question Time:
- A majority of the entire electorate in the UK did NOT vote for Brexit. So how come the majority in your audience are Brexiters? How can you say your audience is “representative”?
- If your audience is supposed to be representative of the 2016 EU referendum, your audience members should comprise around a third Remain voters, just over a third Leave voters, and just under a third non-voters. Do you agree?
- The referendum was over five years ago. Shouldn’t your audience be representative of the situation as it is today? Polls consistently show that a majority in Britain consider the Brexit decision to be wrong.
- Watch the extract from BBC Question Time of 7 October 2021:
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