General Election - December 2019 Dec 7, 2019 13:01:20 GMT via mobile
Post by Rob on Dec 7, 2019 13:01:20 GMT
Of course he can choose not to. It is more a question on the scrutiny point, Flo. It is felt by some over here that Johnson does not hold up well to 1 to 1 scrutiny. Particularly on the issue of trust given his track record in that respect. In that video is a snapshot of the type of questions he would be asked. Neil’s interviews are quite savage and all the other leaders put themselves through that. His choice not to do it is fairly understandable while leading in polls.
As Neil himself says in that video, it’s not as if he can get a Supreme Court ruling to put him through that if he chooses not to. Leader interviews in this format are kind of a staple for a General Election as Neil says and I certainly can’t recall a sitting PM ever ducking one out. Johnson even did one for the Conservative contest. Johnson is probably well advised in this respect by Cummings, as AJ suggests. I find it quite unimpressive and typical and am reminded of him proroguing and ducking PM questions already in his short tenure.
My bias is that liars such as Johnson will inevitably come unstuck when challenged one on one. Marr tried his hardest to be hard hitting, but Neil is the one who has grilled the Leaders best to date in this campaign. Neil and Johnson know each other well from Spectator days working together. He is bottling out. That much is clear. Probably done a calculation re the damage of bottling out v doing it and come to a sensible vote gaining/losing conclusion.