BBC Question Time | Salma Yaqoob | 10.12.09

Salma Yaqoob defends British soldiers and innocent Afghan civilians against a war which has been irresponsibly and badly managed, left our troops with little protection, security and safety; and seems to have no end in sight.

Salma Yaqoob on Question Time - 10.12.09

Salma Yaqoob

Salma makes reference to Birmingham’s soldiers and their families, highlighting the concerns of wounded soldiers recovering at Selly Oak Hospital in her home city.

“I’m from Birmingham, we have Selly Oak Hospital there and I’m not surprised that more than half of the soldiers, when Gordon Brown visited in September, simply shut their curtains because they feel so let down and I think it’s an absolute disgrace that the Ministry of Defence is actually pursuing wounded soldiers in court to get back compensation; so the idea that you support them and value them is absolute nonsense.

“My issue though is why are we betraying the professionalism, bravery and commitment of our troops by sending them on an ill-conceived and doomed mission in the first place.”

BBC Question Time, the BBC’s premier political debate programme, was

Salma Yaqoob on Question Time - 10.12.09

BBC Question Time

broadcast from Wootton Bassett. The market town in Wiltshire has come into national focus for honouring those who have given their lives in the service of their country.

The panel included the former head of the British Army General Sir Richard Dannatt, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces Bill Rammall MP, the shadow foreign secretary William Hague MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown, the former newspaper editor Piers Morgan and the Respect Party’s Salma Yaqoob.

Date: Thursday 10th December 2009
Venue: Wootton Bassett School, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire

Watch the complete show here on BBC iPlayer.

Question Time’s bias on Afghanistan‘ – New Statesman, 11.12.09

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by riazmb on December 14, 2009 at 12:53

    Salma was incredible on QT last week. It must have been very difficult to be the only person on the panel with a different view to the others regarding Afghanistan. Salma held her own and I would go far as to say the best contribution on QT ever.


  2. Posted by tom on January 4, 2010 at 01:25

    I remember watching that, I think you were great, shame it’s not on iplayer anymore – glad I found some clips on youtube!! 🙂 cheers!


  3. Posted by Amanda Playton on January 4, 2010 at 16:53

    Thank you Salma for supporting our troops. Those rotten politicians sent our boys into war and can’t even provide them with proper equipment. I am proud of our boys and am proud that you are standing up to them, especially our Birmingham boys and those wounded and healing in Selly Oak Hospital. I’m glad you gave them a mention.

    You’re words are the spirit of what the British people want. I cannot stand the fake politicians who pretend to support our soldiers while sending them to their deaths, all to secure their own ambitions abroad. traitors!!


  4. Posted by securityscene on January 4, 2010 at 23:24

    We would like to get an idea of public opinion to the Wootton Bassett march. Check out our article and let us know what you think.



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