A grandmother has been applauded after making an impassioned speech about gangs and knife crime, in which she said parents were not “supposed to be burying our children”.
During Thursday night’s episode of Question Time in Tottenham, the audience member said she was “so scared” for her 14 grandchildren.
“We are fed up of seeing our parents crying, we’re fed up of it. We are not supposed to be, as adults, we are not supposed to be burying our children. Our children are supposed to be burying us,” she said.
The grandmother claimed MPs did not care about anyone apart from themselves. “What is it going to take for the MPs to sit down and say something has got to be done?”Has it got to be your son or your daughter that’s got to be killed for you to deal with it? “We are fed up of seeing our parents crying. As adults we are not supposed to be burying our children, our children are supposed to be burying us.
Her speech came after Tim Martin, owner of JD Wetherspoons, suggested gang culture could be a “fashion thing” with young people feeling it was “cool” to carry a weapon.
He had been discussing the issue of gangs, knife crime and youth services with the rest of the Question Time panel, which included Labour MP Laura Pidcock, Brexit secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, minister for digital and the creative industries Margot James and Liberal Democrats leadership hopeful Ed Davey.
But the grandmother refuted Mr Martin’s comments, saying: “This gang thing started over 20 years ago.”
She admonished politicians for not doing enough to tackle the issue. “People were sat round tables talking about it then,” she said.
“It’s now spiralled out of control and you’re still sitting down talking. What is it going to take for the MPs to sit down and say something is going to be done?
‘It’s gonna be your son or daughter’
“It’s gonna be your son or your daughter that’s going to be killed for you to deal with it,” she said, with the audience erupting in applause.
“And this is what I’m working for, to pay my tax, to sit down and watch you lot every year take a £2,000 pay rise when people are out there