I just got around to watching Young Voters’ Question Time and it disheartened and more bluntly royally pissed me off. Majority of the panel were white and Oxbridge educated (I mean, you need these clever posh types to lecture the masses…). And the only “yoof” on the panel was Laurie Penny. Again, that panel represented the bourgeois BBC establishment as not one of them really posed any threat or if they did they were successfully argued against (sorry Laurie but you need to sort out your arguments and how to project them because they are easily demolished by the right-wing).
Overall, majority of the panel (except Laurie) were pretty much in favour of Osama bin Laden being executed and some (Tristram Hunt and that Boles Tory) seemed to legitimise extrajudicial execution. Discussion on AV bored me. I will be voting against.
What a waste of time that Question Time was.
I mean, wouldn’t it be great to have ordinary people who haven’t been privately educated or had a Oxbridge education to talk politics with, you know, trade union activists, campaigners and so on. People who have things to say about the world but without the class privilege? I am sick to death seeing people who have only got to where they are because of their class position and the privileges that go with it, it’s so bleeding obvious that ordinary people (many working class) are sidelined. But hey, that’s how the BBC establishment works.
Though it also happens on the Left, more ordinary activists as opposed to media savvy middle class “activists”…please?