Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

British PM Boris Johnson Faces Flak For Ducking TV Grilling

British PM Boris Johnson Faces Flak For Ducking TV Grilling

Boris Johnson was empty-chaired at his local hustings in his latest failure to turn up to an election debate.

And they launched a bitter attack on the "broken" interview format, which they said was failing to "inform the public".

A Labour campaign co-ordinator, Andrew Gwynne, said in a letter to the BBC that Mr Corbyn had co-operated despite concerns about the right-wing leanings of Mr Neil - chairman of the Tory-supporting Spectator magazine.

Neil ended the monologue, which got here following his interview with Nigel Farage, by saying: "The prime minister of our nation will, at instances, have to face as much as President Trump, President Putin, President Xi of China".

The Tory leader has failed to appear on a number of TV debates.

Eyeballing the camera, Neil pounced: "The theme running through our questions is trust - and why at so many times in his career, in politics and journalism, critics and sometimes even those close to him have deemed him to be untrustworthy".

A senior Conservative source said it was evidence of why it has been "impossible to co-operate" with the broadcaster, who the source called "campaigners in this election" who invented the most damaging things possible to "further their campaign against Brexit".

But Mr. Johnson's apparent decision to reject an individual television interview with a famous and pugnacious BBC interviewer, Andrew Neil, has exploded as a problem in the last days of the campaign, with Mr. Neil nearly accusing Mr. Johnson of cowardice.

To which Neil replied that his exhausted Corbyn interview got 3.2 million viewers, and that the Tories posted it on Facebook.

He added that Johnson was "running scared, because every time he is confronted with the impact of nine years of austerity, the cost of living crisis and his plans to sell out" the National Health Service to the Americans, "the more he is exposed".

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Liberal Democrat peputy leader Ed Davey said: "Boris Johnson has bottled it".

Andrew Neil also challenged Mr Farage on Islamophobic comments made by two of his candidates in in Edinburgh South West and Birmingham Ladywood.

It is only Johnson who has dodged his ball.

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The Prime Minister looks set to avoid an encounter with the BBC journalist, who has conducted tough interviews with other party leaders including Jeremy Corbyn.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party has complained to the BBC's director general, accusing the broadcaster of "slanted and biased" election coverage. The BBC is publicly funded and must abide by rules around impartiality. "I'm not the Prime Minister's diary secretary". He was memorably replaced by a melting ice sculpture last week during a leaders debate on climate change.

Mr Johnson has also declined an invitation to be grilled by ITV's Julie Etchingham, as part of her series of leader interviews.

He vows that the NHS will not be on the table in any trade talks with America. However he vowed to the DUP, his unionist allies in Northern Eire, that there would by no means be a border down the Irish Sea. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the United Kingdom national press. It is miles a train his Brexit deal would seem to wreck'.

According to YouGov, 43% of the country believe Boris Johnson "definitely should" sit down with Andrew Neil, and 24% believe he probably should.

'So we're absolutely not hopeful for too principal that he exhaust half an hour standing up to me'.

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