‘He’s just knocking things out of the park and people can’t stand it’: Question Time audience member is cheered as he praises Boris Johnson for doing a ‘brilliant’ job by getting a new EU Brexit deal
- Audience member says Johnson is ‘pushing forward’ and proving critics wrong
- A tweet showing his comments gets 3,000 likes in less than 12 hours
- But some accuse the BBC of editing the clip to remove less popular views
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A Question Time audience member sparked a huge response after he said Boris Johnson is ‘knocking things out of the park’.
The man, who appeared when the flagship BBC show broadcast from Leicester last night, said he supported the Prime Minister and felt he was doing a good job.
He said: ‘I’d just like to say something that I thought would never leave my mouth; I think Boris Johnson’s done a brilliant job with going over there.
‘Everyone said “he won’t do that, he can’t do that”, but he’s actually proven everybody wrong and, from my perspective, it seems to me that he’s knocking things out of the park and people just can’t stand it.
‘That’s really got people like myself more interested, like, oh, actually, this guy wants to do it for the people. He’s really pushing forward.’
This Question Time audience member sparked a huge reaction last night when he claimed Boris Johnson was ‘knocking things out of the park and people just can’t stand it’
By 9am this morning, a clip of those comments which was posted on the BBC’s Question Time Twitter feed had got 3,000 likes and more than 500 retweets.
Some of those who watched commented ‘spot on mate’ and ‘well said that man’.
Twitter user Mark Hussell posted: ‘Absolutely correct. There are massive amounts of bitterness and jealousy involved.’
But some were less impressed by other comments on Ireland which the man went on to make on the show, which were not included in the BBC’s tweet.
He said he was tired of the conversation about Brexit revolving solely around arrangements in Northern Ireland, and suggested that maybe the solution was to have ‘an island of Ireland’.
A clip of the man’s comments on Twitter quickly collected 3,000 likes, with some of those responding praising his comments
But others were less impressed and accused of BBC of carefully editing a clip on Twitter
None of those on the Question Time panel took the time to explain whether or why they were opposed to a united Ireland. SNP MP Philippa Whitford responded with comments about Scottish independence, minister Matt Hancock responded by praising Boris Johnson and Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney used the question to attack other parties.
But commenters on Twitter were angry that the BBC had posted only the section of the man’s comments in which he praised Boris Johnson, and not his remarks on Ireland.
Left-wing critics claimed the editing was an example of the corporation’s bias, while others claimed the man was a ‘Tory plant’ in the audience.