Marr is no Andrew Neil, but Boris Johnson flapped and floundered and refused to answer – or apologise
The BBC allowed Boris Johnson to appear on this morning’s Marr programme, in spite of saying originally that he would not be allowed onto the programme until he had submitted to the scrutiny of an interview with the BBC’s toughest interviewer, Andrew Neil.
But even though Marr is an easier prospect, Johnson flapped and floundered throughout – and Marr refused to let Johnson skate by the central issue of the events that led up to Friday’s atrocity on London Bridge:
The Tories have been in power for ten years and did nothing to make the nation safe from terrorists released early.
No matter how many times – and they were very many times – that Johnson tried to deflect the blame onto Labour, Marr kept coming back to that central point.
Johnson had no coherent answer – though his gums kept flapping in an attempt to bluster past the point, even though Marr asked him to confront it at least twenty-four times:
Andrew Marr is not Andrew Neil. But even against the easier interviewer, Johnson was so far out of his depth that he was clearly drowning in spite of pretending to be waving – and the rest of his interview was no better.
It’s not hard at all to see why he and his handlers are so desperate to avoid scrutiny – any examination that penetrates the bluster even a little reveals a gaping absence of any kind of substance other than finger-pointing, weaseling and shifty evasiveness.
Next to the substance and statesmanship of Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson is an embarrassment.
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