BBC Question time last night.
Fiona Bruce let this obnoxious woman rant on for several minutes. She should have been silenced much more quickly
"The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp."
I saw it. It’s actually educational to see first hand these ignorant bigots, and I don’t agree that she should have been stopped. These views need to be exposed for all of us to see for ourselves the meaning of what the slogan “taking back control”, the Brexiters catchphrase, actually means in the minds of some of our fellow citizens. I find her ignorance, dismissal of factual evidence, and rabid racism, abhorrent, and although she and I are both white, female British citizens I cannot identify with her in any way, as everything she said was completely alien to my way of thinking.
@Petter Unfortunately I think there may be quite a large number of them...enough to start a new country of their own somewhere (I wish)!
@Allamanda I don’t think our two countries have ever been so polarised....it is literally like two different tribes sharing the same territories,
It certainly was an eye opener and as the rest of the show was a bit dull I suppose they had to milk this for it's controversial value
Unfortunately, exposure for bigots often makes it more comfortable for other bigots to speak out. At least that seems to be the case here in America.
@Lorajay I think they are still in a minority here, and we are still at heart a fair and tolerant country. We need to stand up to them and I believe most people would have been shocked at how extreme that woman was. That is why I think exposing the extreme views of “Little Englanders” to the public like this, was a good thing, as it would actually have made most people cringe. In any case, in a few months time when we find our fruit & veg are in short supply, and the prices go through the roof over the summer, because there are no immigrants coming in to pick the crops, they may remember this rant against immigrants and realise how wrong she was.
@OwlInASack I can see his point, but don’t entirely agree with his argument. I don’t want what I see and hear to be censored by the BBC or anyone else....I want to be informed and see first hand, the swivel eyed bigotry of my fellow Brits, with my own eyes and ears. Censorship is part of a slide into authoritarianism and it would be another nail in the coffin of freedom of speech. We need to know that our fellow citizens are hate filled bigots in order to counter that view, not pretend it isn’t a fact.
@Marionville Regarding her factual inaccuracies . She said that England was already overcrowded with 68 million people. The population of the UK is around 66 million so she wasn't far out because in her mind and sadly many English people England and the UK are the same. They do not recognise Scotland,Wales and NI as being seperate parts of the union. They are just places where the people have funny accents.
@Moravian Only highlights what I said about exposing her total ignorance and lack of education.. This woman not only exposes the bigoted nature of some English people, but also their complete lack of knowledge of the the nature of the Union of the United Kingdom, which is routinely referred to as England by large numbers of them. This has always rankled with the Scots in particular.
@OwlInASack I’m not using my argument in defence of the BBC but against censorship. Yes you and the Tories seem to be after the BBC...not good company for soneone like you I’d have thought!
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How I agree.Furthermore, these question time programmes allow the public to realise exactly what a low level of intelligence people like this woman have. I wonder if such thick bigots could be expelled from Britain?