Will we see more articles called ‘My Leftie Hell” after last night’s Question Time? Probably no-one will bother. They’re resigned to it.
Like the ‘Any Questions’ that caused Allison Pearson such grief, Q.T. came from the Cambridge area, and the audience was as surreally leftie as they come.
On the panel were: Yanis Varoufakis, Ken Clarke MP, Chris Bryant MP, Suzanne Evans and Julia Hartley-Brewer.
The question: “Should we take more refugees than we can cope with?”
Note the way the question was phrased. Not ‘should we take in everyone in the whole wide world that fancies an easy life on benefits?’ Just the slightly loaded “More than we can cope with”.
Dimbleby turned to Suzanne Evans first, no doubt expecting her to make the familiar argument against this country taking in all and sundry, which she duly did. It was greeted with deathly silence. After a suitable pause so we could soak up the hostility in the atmosphere, the chair turned to Yanis Varoufakis whose first words were “The opposite”. The audience erupted with whoops and cheers.
The overbearing Greek ex-finance minister proved popular with the audience. “Borders are an absurdity” he said.
Suzanne Evans, Julia Hartley-Brewer, and a dully equivocating Ken Clarke unsuccessfully tried to reason with the audience, but the two remaining panellists agreed that we should take in anyone and everyone who wished to come because overall, migrants are of great benefit to the country.
When it was suggested that their ‘welcome to all’ policy would put an even greater strain on our already over-stretched NHS, Chris Bryant said “If you see a migrant in the NHS it’s likely to be someone who’s treating you, not being treated.” The audience were in leftie heaven.
There is a parallel world.
Leftie Hell and the BBC constitute one world; the rest of Britain constitutes the other.