Question Time audience member clashes with author Bonnie Greer


A BBC Question Time audience member clashed with author Bonnie Greer last night after she claimed it is ‘bad being a foreigner’ in Britain at the moment The American-British playwright claimed her Polish friend could no longer speak to her daughter in her native tongue on public transport because people abuse her But the man in the audience in Wallasey, Merseyside, criticised the allegation during the debate, saying she was ‘labelling the whole country as being racist’ The man in the audience in Wallasey, Merseyside, criticised the allegation during the debate, saying Bonnie Greer was ‘labelling the whole country as being racist’ Bonnie Greer claimed on BBC Question Time last night that her Polish friend could no longer speak to her daughter in her native tongue on public transport because people abuse her On the panel with Fiona Bruce (centre right) was (from left) author Melanie Phillips, politics professor Anand Menon, Labour MP Sarah Jones, Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and GreerGreer said her friend had lived in Britain for nearly 20 years and her daughter was born in the UK, but she was no longer speaking Polish to her on the bus or Tube The novelist said this was because her friend is ‘maligned and hassled’, and the girl is ‘losing her maternal language’ because her mother does not use it in public   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Banksy piece portraying the House of Commons filled with Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour MPs not to vote for Boris. The Brexit Showdown: Boris Johnson’s blueprint gains Recession fears hang over global economy: £88bn is wiped off. Share this article Share 19 shares This came after the audience member– who was not named – said on the BBC One show that ‘whether she speaks Polish to her daughter or not, that’s her choice’ These comments clearly enraged Chicago-born Greer, who interrupted him, saying: ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, hold, hold, hold it ‘ Greer had earlier made the comment that ‘it’s bad being a foreigner in this country right now’ during a discussion with fellow panel members ** Do you know the audience member on BBC One’s Question Time last night? Please email mark [email protected] or call 020 3615 1838 **  Question Time producers tweeted a video of the clip last night, which atracted more than 300 retweets and 1,100 likes in ten hours Among those reacting to the post was a viewer from the West Midlands, who said: ‘She is phenomenal The gammon in the audience does not know what he’s talking about. Clearly.’Another added: ‘Thought that was a silly statement The mum can speak Polish to her daughter in the house, nothing stopping her keeping her native language alive ‘ And a third, from Surrey tweeted: ‘Thank you Bonnie Greer for standing up to this guy He has no right to dismiss the feelings of foreigners in this country.’Also on the panel was Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, Labour politician Sarah Jones, author Melanie Phillips and politics professor Anand Menon  Greer, who was made an OBE for services to the arts by Prince Charles in 2010, is the chancellor of Kingston University and became a British citizen in 1997 She has lived in the UK since 1986 and is a regular TV panellist and newspaper columnist who is often outspoken about racism in both Britain and the US    Full exchange between Bonnie Greer and the audience member  Audience member: ‘Why is it bad to be a foreigner in this country at the moment?’Bonnie Greer: ‘Excuse me?’AM: ‘Your comment – you said it’s bad to be a foreigner in this country at the moment ‘BG: ‘OK, well I’ll give you an example. I have a friend who’s Polish. She’s lived here since about 2000 Her little girl was born here. She doesn’t speak Polish to her anymore on the bus or on the Tube because people abuse her ‘Fiona Bruce: ‘Let’s, I’m just, I’m going to come to you Nadeem in a minute.’BG: ‘Did I answer you?’AM: ‘No, I still disagree with the comment ‘BG: ‘You disagree with what I said?’AM: ‘Whether she speaks Polish to her daughter or not, that’s her choice, but this… no, excuse me a sec ‘BG: ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, hold, hold, hold it. She can’t speak Polish to her daughter in public because she is maligned and hassled That’s why she doesn’t do it. And her daughter is losing her maternal language because her mother doesn’t let her, her mother’s not speaking to her anymore in public ‘AM: ‘Well, in that comment, you’re labelling the whole country as being racist.’BG: ‘I didn’t label anybody I said right now, it’s hard to be a foreigner.’AM: ‘That’s a minority, and you’ll always have a minority ‘BG: ‘It’s hard to be a foreigner in this country. You’re not, I am, and I know what it’s about ‘ ** Do you know the audience member on BBC One’s Question Time last night? Please email mark [email protected] or call 020 3615 1838 ** 

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