14 stunned reactions to the Question Time audience member who said knife-carrying criminals should be exterminated
BBC’s Question Time can get pretty heated – it’s the nature of the beast. One man on this week’s episode, however, took other audience members on a rollercoaster journey with his comments about people who commit knife crime. This is what he said.
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) November 8, 2018
His hard-line stance on punishment received a certain amount of support whilst he was suggesting very stiff prison sentences for anyone found illegally carrying a knife, but the disquiet audibly kicked in when he began talking about knife criminals as a separate breed, a cancer, and deserving of extermination.
Twitter reacted quite strongly to his comments – here are some of the things that were said about him.
imagine going on TV where everyone can see your face and saying you should exterminate people when you’re not a fucking Dalek #bbcqt
— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) November 8, 2018
Fucking hell. Rabid man on #bbcqt: “It is a particular breed of person who puts a knife into another person, and they should be treated like the cancer they are and exterminated.”
— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) November 8, 2018
— Otto English (@Otto_English) November 8, 2018
‘Breed’, ‘cancer’, ‘exterminated’ in reference to human beings. I’m sure I’ve heard these kinds of terms used before somewhere. https://t.co/e4qw4D4Ys2
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) November 9, 2018
"It's a particular breed of human beings"…"They are a cancer and should be exterminated"
Wow, has Thomas Mair escaped. #bbcqt
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) November 8, 2018
Man calling for young people who carry knives to be treated as a “cancer” and “exterminated”.
Really disturbing how fascist language has entered the mainstream. #bbcqt
— Tom Kibasi, IPPR (@TomKibasi) November 8, 2018