“Real anger from the audience” was a worthy comment on last night's Question Time as the people of Hull had their say in the lead up to the General Election – and compared Jeremy Corbyn to Jesus Christ.
People packed out Middleton Hall on Thursday night as Question Time was filmed in the city, with audience members asking about Brexit, wages, the NHS, funding cuts, terrorism laws and whether or not the panellists would be watching the Queen’s Speech.
Airing just one week before the General Election, Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly, shadow treasury minister Anneliese Dodds, Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey and Ian Blackford, leader of the SNP at Westminster, completed the line-up on the show, which was presented by the BBC’s Fiona Bruce.
After the rest of the UK had finished commenting on the unique Hull accent - “Question Time from Hull tonight. Lots of people saying ‘vurted’”, “Straight talking Hull folk. Salt of the earth. Love the way they say ‘we verted for it’”, and “Am I the only one trying to analyse that Hull accent?” - it was time to get down to the burning political questions in our city.
With the first question surrounding the focus on Brexit rather than the NHS and school funding cuts, which was deemed by one tweeter as “a wonderfully ungammony first question. Well done Hull”, the talk quickly turned to “getting Brexit done”.
Things got heated between panellists with regards to the Conservatives’ confidence in executing Brexit and it wasn’t long before Fiona Bruce had to wade in and say: “Do we really want to hear you shouting over each other? I for one do not. Is this really the way to go? Can we not just be civilised?”
As more questions were asked, Hull’s dominating Leave stance became more than apparent - and the rest of the UK were quick to notice.
Social media saw tweets aplenty about the demographic of Thursday night’s audience.
One tweet read: “Just get on with it and leave, whinge the audience members of #bbcqt Hull, like a child throwing a tantrum because they can’t fly to Disneyland tomorrow.”
Another said: “How did Hull win the Capital of Culture? (City of Culture) Were the residents at a Jeremy Kyle show?”
One tweet said: “Really surprised at the anti-Labour vibe tonight on #bbcqt in Hull”, which was echoed by another Tweeter who said: “Who on Earth is this #bbcqt audience tonight? I come from and love Hull but why on Earth would a Hull audience want to support anything other than this Labour manifesto?”
Another said: “Sad that #bbcqt in Hull tonight is so far demonstrating how much people who so much need Labour policies appear to be more passionate to leave the EU than support these. I simply cannot understand this and for me it is utterly depressing.”
One person, talking about the context of tweets, said: “Fascinated by the number of sneering Remainers and lefties on here making snide comments about the people of Hull and northerners who don’t share their metro elite views. What arrogance.”
Another viewer tweeted: “Hull has some of the most decent people in the country. Change my mind.”
It wasn’t just the audience that got a grilling online, either.
“James Cleverly saying you kept business afloat - take a stroll through Whitefriargate while you're in Hull, you ignorant p****. Research the area you're in,” said one man.
In reference to Richard Tice discussing funding cuts, one woman said: “Lol at this stuck up toff pretending he relates to the people of Hull.”
In regards to whether the idea of early release from prison should be quashed, a question formed from the recent London Bridge terror attack, one audience member suggested the Koran does “not allow” for rehabilitation, as it “encourages radicals to lie”.
The woman said: “The Koran actively urges Muslims to lie to their enemies. So how will we know if fundamentalists have truly been radicalised when they are permitted to lie?”
Fiona Bruce was quick to jump on the question, stating that this was a literal translation, and “millions of Muslims around the UK would disagree”, and Ed Davey said: “There are millions of Muslims who are peace loving and who contribute to our society, and who would say that you are wrong.”
The audience member then replied saying: “They are not the people who carry out these attacks. I’m talking about people who are highly-radicalised and fundamentalists. They are not proper Muslims.”
While another read: “Now we have the Islamic expert with the racist views on the pink jumper. OMG Hull!”
The programme ended with an audience member stating Jeremy Corbyn’s initials were the same as Christ and suggested they both walk on water.
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