BBC Question Time audiences are regarded by many as regularly dominated by right-wingers. So Tory minister Margot James could be forgiven if she expected an easy ride on Thursday night’s programme, broadcast from Tory heartland Hereford.
If so, she will have received a shock.
Ms James received a torrid time from the ‘BBCQT’ audience, including one woman who told her angrily of her nurse friend, who earns less than her apprentice son who has no qualifications and of the effect that is having on the number of nurses leaving the profession.
But perhaps Ms James most challenging moment came as an audience member accused her party of ‘ideologically’ underfunding the NHS to pave the way for privatisation.
The accusation met with huge applause – and Ms James’ denial triggered calls of ‘Liar!’ and cries of outrage:
Such vocal, unrestrained outrage, in a Tory heartland, at the collapse of our cash-starved NHS will have shaken not only Margot James – but the whole Tory Establishment, to its core.
Has it come too late for the NHS? It’s up to each of us to make sure that it has not.
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