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Watch: Laurence Fox’s Question Time clash over Meghan

‘Let’s be really clear about what this is,’ said a Question Time audience member of Meghan’s treatment by the press: ‘let’s call it by its name: it’s racism’.

Not so, said Laurence Fox, who was on the Question Time panel. ‘It’s not racism. We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Britain,’ he insisted.

But that response was enough to fire up the audience member, who told him: ‘What worries me about your comment is, you are a white privileged male who has never experienced’.

‘I can’t help what I am…so to call me a white privileged male is to be racist’, said Fox.

Twelve hours on from Question Time, Fox is refusing to back down. Told by one critic on Twitter that he should read Reni Eddo-Lodge’s ‘Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race’, he replied:

I would genuinely rather eat a lightbulb.— LAURENCE FOX 🥦 (@LozzaFox) January 17, 2020

Mr S thinks it’s time to make Fox a regular on the panel…

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