Question Time audience wrath is blaming students for a situation we never asked for
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Question Time, the 12th of November. The Stoke-on-Trent stage was set for a fiery debate, with news breaking about Jeremy Corbyn's alleged 'lack of respect' at a rememberance day service, as well as revelations of David Cameron's ideas for the European Union reforms. These big hitting stories emerged and were discussed in the first haf of the show. Yet, as the show progressed, talk moved to the NHS, junior doctors and, ultimately, students. A discussion that caused a variety of reactions, posing a fundamental question; are taxpayers opposed to students? Sparked by the recent reforms Jeremy Hunt has suggested making to junior doctors' contracts, which have been criticised as both dangerous and unethical, a medical student voiced the opinion that "the junior contracts are pushing doctors away. There's been a decrease in medical school applications this year and an increase in junior doctors wanting to work abroad. I'm a medical student and I don't want to stay in England if these plans go through." A fair enough statement that carried with it her own life aspirations, plans and ideas. Her outburst was placed in the room, and the audience seemed unsure how to react. Some faces appeared shocked, others astounded, whilst only a few seemed to support the young lady in her issues. Was this reflective of the British public? The medic's statement was met with complete and utter disgust by an older gentleman sat on the row in front of her, stating how "she's getting trained by us, our taxes and now she's saying she doesn't want to work in this country." This time the audience knew how to react, applauding enthusiastically. It seemed that the gathered spectators, apparently a representation of the UK's populace, agreed with the gentleman. How shocking that a student should want to leave this country for better opportunities after using our education system. Truly, what an act of rebellion against the nation we call home! For a student to want to fully maximise their degree, potential and career prospects the only option is to stay in the UK - or so the sentiments of the collected audience seemed to feel. The interesting aspect is the apparent outrage the audience expressed against a student wanting to maximise her opportunities. What is it that is seen as shocking in a student wanting to gain the best opportunities? Have we not done since the age of old - wanting to expand, explore and go to where the best chances are? If the Romans had had the same mindset, the Roman Empire would never existed. What if NASA shared their views? Man would not have landed on the moon.
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