Is it time for celebrities to have their voice heard?


PovertyThis interview on Radio 4 with Michael Caine came a couple of days after Stanley Johnson appeared on Good Morning Britain stating that if Irish people wish to shoot one another, they will do so and so he imposition of a hard border shouldn’t be used as leverage on the UK’s Brexit attempt. After months and indeed years and even decades of the concept of our departure from the EU being given enormous airtime to Politicians such as Farage, Gove, Duncan-Smith and in his lifetime Tony Benn, it appears that we are now moving into territory that is based on comments from people like Johnson and Caine. My personal view is that it is vital that broadcasters do give airtime to ordinary and in these case extra-ordinary people as well as professional politicians. As one MP pointed out on twitter a day or so ago, the reason why so many Brexiteer Politicians keep on claiming that they are constantly being told by people that our departure is so important, it is because they are referring to comments made by other Brexiteer Politicians in the Westminster bubble they all inhabit. Such people are never going to be approached by ordinary people with pro EU views except when they are part of a crowd of people waving placards. So the broadcasters need to ensure that they get ordinary people from both sides of the debate onto the airwaves.

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About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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