Political expert claims David Cameron's treatment during EU debate reflects public anger

Political expert claims David Cameron's treatment during EU debate reflects public anger

David Cameron received a frosty reception from the TV audience

Friday, June 3, 2016

Journalist Matt Chorley has said the treatment of David Cameron during a televised debate on the European Union reflects a deep sense of public anger.

The prime minister faced a hostile audience during the live debate on Thursday evening, with members of the public accusing him of "scaremongering" and "waffling".

Chorley, the editor of The Times' political website Red Box, said that he was surprised by the absence of support for the politician.

"I was struck by the lack of applause for the Prime Minister," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Almost nothing he said got any.

"He had a really hard time on immigration, but [the politicians] know this is a weak spot for the Remain campaign."

Chorley told listeners that David Cameron's treatment during the debate reflected a deep sense of public anger at politicians, and that resentment will continue whether the UK votes to remain in or leave the EU.

"One of the really interesting things will be the impact on how we view politicians," he said. 

"People in the audience who weren't being totally hostile to David Cameron said this had been deeply damaging to him personally. 

"The treasury and its reputation for being trusted on the economy has been absolutely shredded because the public don't believe we'll be worse off [if Britain leaves the EU]."

"Brexit might well win out, but the public anger at both sides will linger for a long time."