BBC’s last question hour: Fiona Bruce accused of grotesque bias | United Kingdom

BBC’s last question hour: Fiona Bruce accused of grotesque bias | United Kingdom

The BBC presenter has been accused of being “weak” and “overwhelmed” by social media users. Ms. Bruce hosted a special edition of Question Time focusing on Afghanistan after the country fell to the Taliban.

On August 15, the Taliban stormed Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and the West and their allies were forced to flee to the airport.
The Question Time panel, including James Cleverly, a minister at the Foreign Office, and Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy, debated the issue on Thursday.

The roster also included former international development secretary Rory Stewart, and journalists Nelufar Hedayat and Mehdi Hasan.

Ms Bruce was quickly criticized for her performance as President and became a trending topic on Twitter in the UK.

One reviewer wrote: “How weak is Fiona Bruce?
“James Cleverly just rolled over her and was left for a member of the audience to stop and straighten him. Grotesque. “

Another asked, “Why does Fiona Bruce continually try to challenge and interrupt Lisa Nandy but not James Cleverly, although he never answers the question?” “

A third said: “Fiona Bruce is so out of her depth leading Question Time.

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He replied, “I am not in a position to make that commitment at the moment, but there is always an after action review.

“It will of course happen with this and questions will be put to everyone involved in the decision politically, militarily, diplomatically. “

Speaking on behalf of the Labor Party, Ms Nandy criticized the government for its level of preparation for the withdrawal.

She said: “Our government had 18 months to prepare, 18 months ago in Doha there was an agreement that the United States would leave and Joe Biden has always made it clear that he will honor that agreement. “

However, she also admitted that Mr Biden’s withdrawal had undermined the Afghan military, commenting: “Joe Biden’s decision to set a firm end date for the withdrawal has obviously helped motivate the Taliban and give them the signal. that they could advance across the country.

“It had a huge impact on the morale of the Afghan forces and really undermined the efforts that had been made to try to build their resilience. “

Last year, Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw US troops by May 2020.

In return, the Taliban said they would start negotiations with the Afghan government, which they have now overthrown, and no longer harbor Al Qaeda terrorists.

Mr Biden delayed the final withdrawal, so it would coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The Taliban provided refuge for Al Qaeda terrorists who attacked New York and Washington DC in 2001.


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