When the election debate finished this man called for a ‘re-education programme for the young’

Bridie Pearson-Jones
Saturday 03 June 2017 10:30
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Theresa May wasn't the winner of last night's BBC Question Time 'debate'. Neither was Jeremy Corbyn. The true winner was the audience.

The audience, made up in equal parts Labour, Tory and undecided voters grilled the two party leaders. Interestingly, there was a clear divide in who was asking what questions.

The good, insightful, thoughtful questions were predominantly coming from the younger members of the audience - and the well, 'not-so-informed' ones tended to come from older men.

Despite this, columnist Iain Martin seems to think that young people need a re-education programme.

He called for a 're-education' (that's not at all creepy) on Twitter. Because apparently young people don't understand "money, tax, defence, or life".

Let's examine the evidence shall we?

The first question of the night was a young voter calling out the Prime Minister on why the public should trust her, given her "track record of broken promises and backtracking".

Abigail, who received a lot of praise on Twitter for the question, asked:

Why should the public trust anything you say, when you have a known track record of broken promises, and backtracking during your time as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister?

Later on, the Tory leader made a dig at Diane Abbott's miscalculations - when an audience member called her out saying:

I'd just like to pull you up on the comment about Diane Abbott's miscalculations, that you made a few minutes ago. Because, Phillip Hammond, who's the Chancellor of the Exchequer, got a 20 billion miscalculation a few weeks ago - so I think that's a bit rude of you.

The audience member in question, was - shock horror - a young person!

Another young person in the audience called out the Prime Minister on not knowing her figures, saying "you're the Prime Minister of the country, but you don't know how much aid we're sending to North Korea?"

Another asked the PM if she thought we had any real leverage with Brussels?

And another, showed a passionate and memorable response about Tory cuts to the NHS and under funding on mental heath services.

When it came to Corbyn, who is vastly more popular with young people than May, his tough questions also came from young people.

He was asked by young people about how he would react to nuclear weapons and "How can I take you seriously when you have not expelled Ken Livingstone for antisemitism?" as well as "Why have you never recognised the IRA as terrorism?"

The older people in the audience however, were more obsessed with grilling Corbyn on whether or not he'd press "the red button" and well, not so-tough questions like: "Is Labour’s manifesto just a letter to Santa Claus?"

Although, perhaps the best point of the night came when a young woman said:

I don't understand why everyone in this room seems so keen on killing millions of people with a nuclear bomb.

In summary, young people were the best part of the debate and showed how informed they were on the key issues at this election, and really don't need a 're-education'.

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