Video: BBC cuts Hancock off for weather just as he’s challenged about his new CV test claim

Matt Hancock, like all the Tory ministers avoiding hard questions at the daily coronavirus press conferences, has been heavily criticised for droning and non-responsive answers and a stream of spin, misinformation and vagueness.

But it comes to something when even the BBC cuts him off just as he’s about to try to answer questions about his claim that the government will be conducting 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.

The government’s previous position was that it hoped to reach 25,000 a day by the end of the month – and it has struggled to reach even half that number so far. But the BBC cut Hancock off just as he was about to try to answer:

Was the BBC editor tired of Hancock’s vacuity – or worried his vacuity would be exposed?

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  1. Hancock’s eyebrows said “Huh?Wha? when she said “But that’s not 100,000 people because of all the false negatives” and I have to admit I’m as baffled by what she meant as he looks. For once.
    I didn’t see the piece so maybe she mis-spoke – but any test that gives false negatives on CV would clearly be worse than useless.
    I don’t take much notice – do the BBC usually go to the weather 3 minutes before the six o’clock news?
    Not convinced Cumminge would get on the big red hotline to Kuenssberg just to save Hancock’s sorry arse anyway.

  2. No – Hancock did a dummy run of his speech – hence the very late start – allowing him to take minimal questions before the 3 minutes to the weather forecast hour – knowing past 48 hours of press comment about the abysmal presentations.

  3. I am sure that it was the latter knowing the BBC. I watched on Sky News and saw the whole unedifying spectacle.

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