12:16
UK

Under 30s put Farage on back foot

Tuesday 10th December 2019

Last night senior politicians from across the political spectrum formed the Question Time panel and faced an audience of young voters.

Robert Jenrick, the Tory Housing Secretary, Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, political leaders Jo Swinson, Nicola Sturgeon, Adam Price, Nigel Farage, Jonathan Barclay and SNP Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, prepared themselves to woo an audience, many of whom would be voting for the first time on Thursday.

The questions did not focus on Brexit, although questions did arise, but housing and the NHS came under close scrutiny, as well as how voters could trust what politicians said or promised.

It was a more impassioned environment than any of the other TV debates and saw the invited politicians losing their cool on stage.

Jenrick was well-rehearsed and slick, as expected, but he and especially Nigel Farage found themselves at the mercy of a lot of pointed comments about their values and their views.

One particular question which asked the panel when they bought their first house, exposed Farage as a man unable to relate to many youngsters. He bought his first house aged 22, which was something the audience members could only dream of.

He was the only person to question the validity of the climate emergency debate and made him a prime target of derision from every other chair.

Jonathan Barclay eruditely tore strips off Farage’s position and Angela Rayner was quick to pounce on Farage’s immigrant poster that he touted before the EU Referendum.

Even Jo Swinson, who has undergone some heavy criticism throughout the election campaign was vocal and angry at many of Farage’s points.

For once the leader of the Brexit Party was slickly dissembled by the others, particularly when it was revealed that he would not vote for the Tories on Thursday even though they were the only party to offer a Brexit position.

This 90 minutes of TV, did little to separate Labour and the Conservatives, but it definitely put Farage on the back foot, which is no mean feat.

Brexit Party Seats in general election

Under 05 1/6
Over 05 7/2
Odds correct as of 10th Dec, 12:13 . Odds are subject to change.
Latest UK Articles