As 2019 commences, there’s been a change of the guard at Question Time, the BBC politics show which is both loved and hated in equal measure.
Fiona Bruce made her presenting debut, taking over from broadcasting legend David Dimbleby. It’s certainly not unusual for guests and audience members to get fiery during the show, particularly seeing as, despite a change in presenter, the conversation inevitably drifted back to the same old subject: Brexit.
Prime minister Theresa May’s difficulties with getting her Brexit deal through parliament have been well documented. As she’s struggled to unite the wishes of her MPs and the EU, some people have even felt sorry for her, particularly as she faced a no confidence vote in December.
But one Question Time audience member is having absolutely none of it.
This woman just shredded Theresa May and Brexit beautifully.
This is what Question Time should be. 👇😎
— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@Dr Mike Galsworthy)
In an epic speech, worthy of the House of Commons, a guest summarised in concise, impassioned language precisely the problem with the “I feel sorry for Theresa May” narrative.
She cited May’s “hostile environment” policies, which she introduced as Home Secretary and are widely thought to be responsible for the “Windrush Scandal”, a scandal saw many black British citizens deported countries across the world.
Next she said that May had drawn her own “red lines” on Brexit and triggered Article 50, the mechanism that begins a two-year countdown to a nation leaving the EU, far too early.
Twitter was full of support for the audience member's intervention.
@mikegalsworthy I mean... I spend HOURS writing threads trying to demolish May in exactly that way, and she just co… https://t.co/9mtvZc7nfO
— Robert Brignall 🔶️ (@Robert Brignall 🔶️)