Charles Walker, the former chairman of the influential Conservative 1922 Committee, took to the airwaves last night in an attempt justify Boris Johnson’s growing list of TV no shows. The interview followed a Channel 4 leaders’ debate on climate change in which the public service broadcaster decided to replace Boris Johnson with a melting block of ice. In return, the Tories threatened to put Channel 4’s current broadcasting licence on ice.
Speculation abounds that Boris Johnson is attempting to wriggle out of an interview with Andrew Neil following Jeremy Corbyn’s disastrous appearance earlier this week. That speculation was only made worse when the BBC press office confirmed that they had yet to pin the PM down. The Tories appear keen to avoid the perception that Boris is avoiding scrutiny while also avoiding the kind of car crash telly seen on Tuesday evening. So CCHQ will have found Mr Walker’s intervention last night less than helpful. He told Newsnight‘s Emma Barnett that he wouldn’t want to be interviewed by Neil because ‘he’d take me to pieces’. While the Conservatives are at pains to appear honest, Mr Walker’s comments were perhaps a truth too far.