'Dinosaur lady' wins internet with baffling Question Time remark on rail strikes
Having endured Piers Morgan's Thunderbirds questions, Mick Lynch is dragged into dinosaur debate
But the RMT union boss faced his most trying of questions on Thursday when a woman challenged him on BBC's Question Time with a remark comparing striking railway workers to dinosaurs.
Woman on question time says train drivers must adapt to technology because the dinosaurs didn’t and “look what happened to them”
I’m howling pic.twitter.com/KlVSIcxEXT
— Ava-Santina (@AvaSantina) June 23, 2022
When asked if she thinks the RMT is taking the wrong approach by striking - to improve their pay and conditions - the unknown woman replies: "Yes, and look what happened to the dinosaurs."
Lynch, who has been shutting down questions all week, winning praise from the likes of Hugh Laurie and Rory Stewart, casually replies, "well, they were around for a very long time." Dinosaurs were around 165 million years before they went instinct.
The woman cut back in at this point: "They're not with us now though, are they?"
Lynch replied they had been around for millions of years and added that "we are negotiating".
Naturally Twitter had some fun with it.
Weird...I stood at a central London picket line today and heard nothing but support for the @RMTunion strike from the people passing. Yet the audience of #questiontime seem to be repeating the "archaic" "dinosaurs" "holding the country to ransom"mantra from the Tory media script.
— Sadie McDadie (@Sadie_McDadie) June 23, 2022
The dinosaurs after watching question time tonight pic.twitter.com/bZyT85gjso
— chawner laughs (@appehmichael) June 23, 2022
Easier to see the connection between #dinosaurs and trains with a graphic.
T Rex forelimbs were too short to safely load and operate trains, they didn't have a Union, and this eventually led to extinction.
Obvious really.#questiontime #RMT pic.twitter.com/pYcwpqjdV5
— Paul Grey (@paulmgrey) June 24, 2022
Face of woman on last night's #questiontime failing to understand that the dinosaurs are not extinct due to a failure of collective bargaining or lack of ability to adapt to technology, but rather due to a big fuck-off rock crashing into the planet.#questiontime pic.twitter.com/ueo2T3yrpO
— Roy Andrew (@RoyAndrew6) June 24, 2022
RMT union workers walked out on Tuesday in the biggest strike action in more than 30 years. The action was separate to a London Underground strike in London on Tuesday.
Against an inflation rate heading towards 11 per cent, the union wants a rise of 7 per cent and has already rejected a Network Rail offer of a 2 per cent rise with a further 1 per cent tied to job cuts.
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