Friday, 26 April 2019

'You have betrayed democracy': Lord of the Rings star John Rhys-Davies is given a standing ovation by Question Time audience as he blasts MPs on the panel for failing to deliver Brexit

Hollywood star John Rhys-Davies shamed MPs last night as he accused them of 'betraying democracy' by failing to deliver Brexit.
In an extraordinary moment on the BBC's Question Time last night the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings actor, 74, was given an ovation by the audience - and would later tear into those who oppose Donald Trump's proposed state visit.
In a Brexit speech, punctuated by applause, Mr Rhys-Davies, physically turned to Green MP Caroline Lucas, Labour's Jon Ashworth and Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable to warn them: 'You will damage Democracy if you don't deliver Brexit'.  
He said that in his life he had 'never seen such a level of anger' about MPs failing to deliver the result of the 2016 EU referendum. 
He went on: 'The mood of the people I've been talking to - and I do not mean hotheads or loose talk in the pub - I'm talking about considered grown ups who work for a living, who think for a living, and have had to make economic decisions for themselves, I have never seen such a level of anger'.
Addressing the MPs on the panel directly he said: 'I do believe every member here went into politics in order to do their best for the people who elected them. But your primary objective is to preserve democracy and whatever you may feel, you have betrayed democracy'. 
The acting star, who found worldwide fame starring as Egyptian excavator Sallah in Indiana Jones' Raiders of the Lost Ark, was also involved in an incredible row with Caroline Lucas over allowing Donald Trump a state visit to Britain in June.
Confronting her over her opposition to the trip he said: 'He's elected head of state of a great democracy, the last best hope for man kind, of course. He represents the American people'.
'You've betrayed democracy': Rhys-Davies criticises MPs over Brexit
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Hollywood star John Rhys-Davies blasted MPs for 'betraying democracy' by failing to deliver Brexit on Question Time last night
Hollywood star John Rhys-Davies blasted MPs for 'betraying democracy' by failing to deliver Brexit on Question Time last night
The actor, 74, turned to MPs on the panel including Sir Vince Cable, far right of picture, and told them: 'Your primary objective is to preserve democracy and whatever you may feel, you have betrayed democracy'
The actor, 74, turned to MPs on the panel including Sir Vince Cable, far right of picture, and told them: 'Your primary objective is to preserve democracy and whatever you may feel, you have betrayed democracy'

When Ms Lucas replied: 'He lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes' the star hit, banging on the table shouting: 'Oh woman! Any system of election has its problems'.
Today Labour MP Wes Streeting called him a 'pompous, boorish oaf'. 
Viewers were split on the row - some supportive, others branding him: 'Thuggish and sexist'.
Dr Lauren Gavaghan said: 'John Rhys-Davies loses it & screeches 'oh woman!' like a petulant child at a dignified & calm Caroline Lucas when faced with nothing but a simple fact. This is precisely why facts are so key in public debate these days. '
Remain campaigner Femi Oluwole tweeted: 'Did anyone else feel genuinely worried for Caroline Lucas in this moment? John Rhys-Davies may sound posh, but that was thuggish behaviour by anyone's definition. (sexist too)'.
Britain is heading into local and European elections with Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party predicted to clean-up.  
Mr Farage said yesterday he is planning to take on the Tories and Labour in the next General Election.
The leader confirmed he wants to run candidates for Parliament in future to stop MPs blocking Brexit.
His new party is on course to come top in next month's EU elections just months after it was founded.
In an interview with The Sun, Mr Farage pledged to use the Brussels poll as a 'springboard' to take the party into power in Westminster.
Her ministers yesterday urged Theresa May to get on with delivering Brexit after she shelved vital legislation again in the face of continued opposition in Parliament.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom voiced frustration at the Government's failure to find a way to break the Brexit deadlock.
No10 had hoped to bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill next week to get a version of Mrs May's deal through Parliament in time to cancel the European Parliament elections on May 23.
But it was missing from yesterday's list of legislation to be considered by Parliament next week, and Tory whips have privately told ministers the idea has been put on hold for at least a week while Mrs May tries to secure enough backing for it.
Whitehall sources said the slow pace meant there was now almost no chance of avoiding the European elections, when the Tories are expected to take a pounding from Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party. 
The actor later banged the table and yelled 'oh woman' at Caroline Lucas because she opposed Trump's state visit to the UK
The actor later banged the table and yelled 'oh woman' at Caroline Lucas because she opposed Trump's state visit to the UK
John Rhys-Davies, pictured playing Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has enjoyed a glittering career on stage and screen
John Rhys-Davies, pictured playing Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has enjoyed a glittering career on stage and screen
Mrs Leadsom told MPs she was 'personally upset' at the failure to deliver Brexit, urging Mrs May: 'It is vital that we bring in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, to give the House the opportunity to make progress on delivering on the will of the people.'
Mr Hunt told a lunch for journalists: 'It's very straightforward. We have to leave quickly and we have to leave cleanly.'

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