Andrew Neil's brutal takedown of Boris Johnson has gone viral for all the right reasons

Joanna Taylor
Friday 06 December 2019 09:45
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The BBC's Andrew Neil has called out Boris Johnson for not agreeing to be interviewed on his show and people are loving it.

After grilling Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, Neil turned to the camera and said:

There is still one to be done. Boris Johnson. The prime minister.

We've been asking for weeks now to give us a date, a time, a venue. As of now, none has been forthcoming.

Neil then went on to give us a taste of the questions the prime minister might face, jibing that his interview is "oven-ready, as Mr Johnson likes to say".

Naturally, the whole of Twitter erupted.

Neil claims it's the first time a party leader has failed to show up for an interview with him ahead of a general election.

Even Theresa May, who dodged the ITV leaders' debate in 2017, faced his famously forensic questioning.

Nicola Sturgeon, Jo Swinson and Jeremy Corbyn have all faced Neil in savage interviews that exposed key weaknesses in their campaigns.

So people couldn't wait to watch Johnson squirm under the same level of scrutiny, only to find that an interview hadn't been locked down by the BBC.

The BBC then said that Boris Johnson wouldn't be allowed to appear on The Andrew Marr Show unless he also appeared on Andrew Neil, but reversed this decision after the London Bridge terror attack.

Channelling Kay Burley on Sky News, Neil then listed some of the questions he would have liked to ask his absent interviewee. They included questions on trust, the NHS, austerity and gaps in his manifesto on hospitals and social care.

He even got in a dig about the Supreme Court ruling that Boris Johnson unlawfully prorogued parliament back in September, saying

There is no law, no Supreme Court ruling that can force Mr Johnson to participate.

The Prime Minister of our nation will, at times, have to stand up to president Trump, president Putin, president Xi of China. So it was surely not expecting too much that he spend half an hour standing up to me.

Neil's challenge to the Prime Minister comes amongst complaints of BBC bias during their election coverage.

The Labour Party wrote to the head of the BBC yesterday to complain that Jeremy Corbyn was receiving "harsher scrutiny" than Boris Johnson.

People have also been blasting the Prime Minister for taking selfies with This Morning's Phillip and Holly whilst dodging serious questions about his campaign.

Boris Johnson now has under a week to accept Andrew Neil's interview request, or that of ITV's Julie Etchingham which he also turned down.

With the clock ticking until polling day, it looks like Boris Johnson will slip away from the grilling people want to see.

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