Hartlepool found itself the focus of social media last night as Question Time came to town.
David Dimbleby chaired the BBC show, which came from the Borough Hall, with a panel made up of Conservative Ken Clarke, Labour’s Angela Rayner, UKIP’s Lisa Duffy, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and cross-bench peer Conrad Black.
Don’t worry Hartlepool people will forget #bbcqt eventually. Hardly anyone mentions the monkey thing anymore...”Duncan Hall
Unsurprisingly, given the town’s overwhelming vote to leave the EU, Brexit was high on the agenda - and viewers took to the social media site using the hashtag #bbcqt to share their opinions.
Jessica Selous (Tweeting as @JessicaSelous) said: “Forget Mexico... let’s build a wall across Hartlepool,” while Jonathan Christie (@JonoTheBoyyo) said: “Did Hartlepool show itself to be the self-obsessed, politically uninformed bubble of ignorance that it is?”
Philip Proudfoot (@PhilipProudfoot) asked: “What happened to our Northern hospitality #Hartlepool? Booing and braying racists. shocking.” while Boota (@Boota_SM) wrote: “Too scared to go up to bed now. Feels just like I’ve just watched a really scary horror movie. #questiontime #Hartlepool” and Hugh Broughton (@hugh_broughton) said: “Wow, this audience is terrifying #BBCQT #Hartlepool.”
Nina (@nina697121931) wrote: “Angry, shouty & very rude audience. Not willing to tolerate any views except their own #bbcqt,” and RobTheRunt (@robtherunt) asked: “Can we get #Hartlepool towed off into the North Sea. Tonight, if possible. #bbcqt.”
Tweeters disagreed over the treatment of a Polish lady in the audience, who said she felt unwelcome in Britain since the Brexit vote.
Trotskee (@Leonmexico40) said: “#bbcqt When a Polish woman shouts down an entire audience to say she doesn’t feel welcomed since Brexit, it’s time key politicians owned up,” but Richard Evans (@63blueevans) argued: “The Polish lady was not booed, her comment saying “she felt no longer wanted by 52% of the voters” was booed. Big diff & I voted remain #bbcqt.”
Not everyone was negative, however - jo (@Isdemocracydead) wrote: “For the first time in ages I enjoyed #bbcqt, the lefties heads were spinning with that audience” and Ian Williamson (@spudgunpreacher) had little patience for the anti-Brexit brigade: “What part of democracy don’t you understand? If you don’t like it clear off! #hartlepool #bbcqt.”
And at least Duncan Hall (@doktordunc) had some words of consolation: “Don’t worry Hartlepool people will forget #bbcqt eventually. Hardly anyone mentions the monkey thing anymore...”