Andrew Neil blasts journalists at coronavirus press conference ‘A gift!’

Andrew Neil blasts journalists at coronavirus press conference ‘A gift!’

Andrew Neil said the coronavirus press conferences are not working as journalists are asking too many questions to the panel of experts. The veteran BBC broadcaster explained the number of questions mean some are inevitably swerved. He added the Westminster lobby should hand over to leading correspondents.

Mr Neil wrote on Twitter: “These daily press conferences are not working. Each journalist asking far too many questions.

“Gift for the politicians. All should be limited to one and a follow up (when, inevitably, the question is swerved).”

He later added: “Also, at least once a week the Westminster lobby should hand over to our leading medical and a science correspondent.”

Many Twitter users agreed with the BBC host as one said science correspondents should be asking questions as opposed to political editors.

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One person commented: “Three times a week plus Sunday should surely suffice from now on. They are getting repetitive and the journalists questions are driving everyone up the wall.”

Another wrote: “Replace them with correspondents who have knowledge of the subject and we will all learn a lot more.”

During the press conference, Mr Raab announced measures to bring British citizens back to the UK.

The Foreign Secretary said that in countries where commercial flights are not available, the Government would provide the “necessary financial support for special charter flights to bring UK nationals back home”.

Mr Raab said priority would be given to the most vulnerable – including the elderly or those with pressing medical needs – and also to countries where there are large numbers of British tourists trying to return to the UK.

Mr Raab said an “unprecedented” number of British travellers were trying to return to the UK – which he estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.

He said around 150,000 British nationals had been helped back from Spain, while 8,500 were brought back from Morocco and 5,000 from Cyprus.

“We’ve not faced challenges like this in getting people home from abroad on this scale in recent memory,” he added.

Published at Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:05:00 +0000