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I have been finding BBC’s Question Time disorientating lately. The location changes, as do the accents, clothes and haircuts of the audience, to a degree. But the questions and the questioners stay roughly the same.Certain types have emerged. There’s the despairing middle-class woman who wishes we would could all just “come together”, and “find some common ground”.
Then there’s the aggrieved public sector employee, usually a nurse, who knows the hard truth about conditions in the NHS, and the grim reality of Tory austerity. There’s the shrill “people’s voter”, and the outraged “let’s just leaver”.
And there’s usually an oddball, who can’t really articulate anything coherent, but provides comic relief.