Question Time viewers praise ‘wonderfully eloquent’ 16-year-old

Question Time viewers praise ‘wonderfully eloquent’ 16-year-old audience member for her withering response to Brexit chaos

  • A teenage BBC Question Time audience member drew praise for her eloquence
  • 16-year-old gave a damning assessment of ‘party putting itself before country’ 
  • Twitter users noted the speaker’s calm and considered approach to the issue
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A teenage audience member on Question Time has been praised for her ‘wonderfully eloquent’ assessment of Brexit. 

The 16-year-old delivered a damning assessment of ‘party putting itself first before the country’ when she appeared on the BBC programme last night in Belfast. 

She proposed an extension and a return to representative democracy through a general election, ‘because that’s what this country was built on’. 

The teenager said: ‘David Cameron made the referendum policy because he didn’t want to risk losing 10 or 15 seats to Ukip.

‘And look where it has got us.


The 16-year-old delivered a damning assessment of ‘party putting itself before the country’ when she appeared on the BBC programme


Broadcaster Richard Bacon tweeted: ‘When they ask her one day what she’d say to her 16 year old self, she’ll say, “nothing really, nailed it”’


Actress Amanda Abbington, known for playing Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and Mary Morstan in BBC’s Sherlock, called the teenager ‘f****** wonderful’

‘This has always been because of the Tory Party playing party politics with issues that are going to be huge generational changes for all of us.

‘I am 16 years old. I didn’t get a say in Brexit and I won’t get a say in it, because there is not going to be a second referendum as things stand. 

‘Either way I think what we have to face is this is not an issue of parties not coming together, this is not an issue of direct democracy – a People’s Vote being able to solve where it failed in the first place.

‘What we need to look at is the fact that this is all caused by a party putting itself first before the country it is trying to govern.’ 


The teenager drew praise on social media for her calm approach and eloquence, with some users calling for her to be made Prime Minister

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April Dwyer called the 16-year-old’s comments ‘extremely articulate’, adding that ‘the young are our future’


Twitter user @RossSPurves responded to the clip, citing it as an example of why 16-year-olds should have the vote

‘What we need to do is not look back to a People’s Vote, we need to look at a further extension, and we need to solve this where it all should have started –  and where this could have been avoided in the first place: By going back to a general election and representative democracy, because that’s what this country was built on.’

The teenager drew praise on social media for her calm approach and eloquence, with some users calling for her to be made Prime Minister. 

Broadcaster Richard Bacon tweeted: ‘When they ask her one day what she’d say to her 16 year old self, she’ll say, “nothing really, nailed it”.’

One Twitter user said: ‘My goodness she was brilliant- our fab youth . Let’s listen to them #bbcqt.’

Another said: ‘Wonderfully eloquent young lady she can teach the government a thing or two!’

One said: ‘I showed the clip to my nan and she started to cry and said “This young lady is so spot on, I just wish the rest of my generation and the one after me would listen to the young more. They are our future”.’


Twitter user @cbicknellmusic said the girl ‘absolutely nails it’ in her assessment


Alice Woolley said ‘it’s audience members who have the most wisdom’ on Question Time audiences


‘This young lady making more sense than any politician in the past two years,’ wrote one user

Others called for the teenager to be made PM – with one person saying ‘at least give her the vote’.

One user said: ‘You know when people say that 16 year olds shouldn’t vote because they don’t know what they’re voting for? Well, er, this. This girl absolutley nails it.’ 

Her comments were not universally praised, however. 

One responding tweet read: ‘No. The call for a referendum on EU membership started long before Cameron. We voted. The people spoke. We’re leaving. Get on board. #Brexit.’

On the panel for Question Time last night were Conservative minister Tobias Ellwood, Welsh Labour Party MP Nick Thomas-Symonds, DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson, Sinn Féin politician John O’Dowd and Polly Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Demos.

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