It looks like Question Time‘s anti-left-wing, anti-women, pro-Tory policy has backfired big time.
The programme’s right-wing position on who should ask questions, and what they should be, gave Louise Harrison a chance to demand that other voices be heard.
That gave her the opportunity to tear a strip off Tory Dan Hannan on Thursday evening – gaining the largest and loudest round of audience applause in the process.
It seems clear that Question Time is no longer in the business of presenting a balanced representation of public opinion to viewers.
While it continues with this lunatic policy, the programme’s makers can only embarrass themselves.
Louise told Socialist Worker, “The response to Question Time has been absolutely fantastic.
“We had a protest in Doncaster today. People were coming up and saying that politicians live in a different world to us. That they have lied about their taxes. And everyone had a story about somebody losing their job.”
Louise said the original plan on Question Time was to have only men asking questions. She added that the questions were all “right wing”.
Women in the audience protested and branded the BBC sexist. Host David Dimbleby then apparently agreed to let a woman speak.
“It was phenomenal,” said Louise. “When women found out that only men would ask questions they said they weren’t having it. It moved the audience to the left.”
Louise has been key to a campaign in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, to defend Women’s Aid in the town. Women’s Aid has existed for around 40 years – but faces closure in two weeks due to lack of funding.
She told Socialist Worker, “We know of other services to support vulnerable women that have had some of their funding cut too. And some have been privatised and workers are on zero hours contracts.
“Austerity is state violence against working class women. But our campaign is not going away.”
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