Fresh from the bunker, Theresa May faced some tough questioning from this veteran BBC reporter out on the campaign trail:
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 29, 2017
While this pantomime goes on the Herald’s Iain Macwhirter looks at the more sinister side of the media manipulation:
“Theresa May is a serial abuser of the democratic process. Last year she tried to use royal prerogative to push through Article 50, triggering Brexit without MPs being allowed a vote. It was left to the Supreme Court judges to remind her that Britain is supposed to be a parliamentary democracy. Then Queen May opposed Parliament’s right to have a meaningful say on the final deal with Brussels on the grounds that this might “weaken her hand” in negotiations with Brussels. She dismissed the Scottish Parliament vote for a referendum in 2019, saying “now is not the time”, then called her own snap election. This she justified on the dubious grounds that political parties are opposing her in Parliament – which is exactly what they are supposed to do. Theresa May is behaving like a Home Counties version of Turkey’s president, Recep Erdogan. She’s even refused to submit to a televised debate, which is now an essential element of the democratic process. Presumably she senses that all her early promises to govern for “working-class families” and not “the privileged few” will disintegrate, if exposed to view. For it is becoming clearer by the day that Brexit was not just about Europe – it was something akin to a right-wing coup.”.
We are facing, effectively, a media blackout. And, if Ruth Davidson may seem like a parody of what a Scottish Tory might be, the consequences are more serious.
Maybe instead of facing the public’s questions in a tv debate, or journalists questions on the stump, the Prime Minister could just be interviewed by different members of her cabinet each day?
That 1:22 will have made you cringe, but it should also make you wince.