On Monday of this week I attended the People’s Question Time in Brixton, you can read my twitter updates here.
PQTs are usually energetic and robust but Monday’s event was notable by how much shouting and heckling there was from the audience. I was particularly surprised and dissapointed when someone threw something at the stage, nearly hitting Val Shawcross AM who was hosting the event.
While some people seemed happy to write this off as the natural exuberance of a Brixton crowd, I felt something wasn’t right. It turns out that at the centre of the most aggressive and noisy part of the crowd was one Lee Jasper. I have no idea whether Ken Livingstone’s former right hand man was instigating the rude and aggressive behaviour or just drawn towards it, but he certainly wasn’t helping to calm it down.
It seems that some people just can’t move on from the politics of the playground.