It’s an often necessary but rarely neat exercise in journalism — finding a reluctant participant and trying to avoid them asking relevant questions.
boris johnson It has been a long time us Itinerary, through Texas to Las Vegas in the west and Washington, D.C. in the east.
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He had dinner with former President George W. Bush, donald trump.
He has given speeches, at least one reportedly worth six figures, and has spoken on a range of issues — Ukraineespecially.
Mr. Johnson covers some distance and considerable subject matter.
But he didn’t cover COVID, until we caught up with him As he departs Dulles Airport in Virginia.
The former prime minister’s “door visit” was untidy as he walked towards the registration desk escorted by aides and security staff and was initially reluctant to answer questions.
As we zigzag through the airport concourse, his hair in typical creases — eventually — decides he’ll answer questions about the matter; to be fair, at one point he stops a security guard from intervening:“ He’s from Sky News and he’s entitled to ask me questions.”
In doing so, he cleared up doubts about his defense New Lockdown Breach Claims – Kind of.
But in a rushed door-to-door Q&A, the denials lacked detail.
He added that “totally absurd” was his repeated description of his breach of lockdown rules at Checkers and Downing Street – “complete nonsense”.
They were emphatic statements that conveyed a sweeping refutation, a kind of indignation from those who spoke in the headlines.
But this is a matter for the police and they will want more, as will the House of Commons privilege committee.
Their questions will look at calibrating the consistency of Mr Johnson’s defense case and assessing how his story fits together.
There will also be evidence, as written in the minister’s diary.
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Could more breaches prove fatal to the former prime minister’s career?
When considering how to conduct an investigation, consider Mr Johnson’s answer to us: “There are thousands of entries in the Prime Minister’s diary. I’ve never seen any of this stuff before – I’ve seen it – and none of it constitutes a period breach. rule Coronavirus“
Any investigator would have wondered how the certainty of that response reconciled with the fact that he had never “seen these things.”
Maybe it’s loose, maybe more.
Of course, he would be asked to clarify, and the document itself should help resolve matters and put the truth on the record.
It’s part of a wide-ranging survey that’s important to many for a number of reasons, not least a disillusioned public seeking leadership during the pandemic.
In this regard, there are problems that go far beyond the Conservative conspiracy, however far-reaching its political reach.
Still, the questions that Mr Johnson did not ask directly on our “doorstep” are at the heart of his future.
If he is caught breaking lockdown rules again – is it over for him as a politician?