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The “boris johnson interrogation” is a segment on the British morning news show This Morning. Hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby interview Boris Johnson, asking him questions about his past scandals.
Boris Johnson’s apologies in his Commons address yesterday did not please Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who encouraged the Prime Minister to come on This Morning today for a forgiveness segment.
Following his receipt of a fixed penalty notice for attending a birthday celebration hosted for him in Downing Street in June 2020, the Prime Minister delivered a seven-minute apologetic address, which featured many times when he reiterated his apologies.
The Metropolitan Police punished him, along with his wife Carrie Symonds and chancellor Rishi Sunak, for partying in the cabinet chamber when the nation was under martial law.
‘Following the Prime Minister’s apologies in Parliament yesterday for breaching his own lockdown legislation, forgiveness is the theme of our phone-in today,’ Phil said, discussing the speech.
Holly kicked off their ‘forgiveness’ section by asking, ‘What kind of things might individuals come in touch with?’ after seeing the tape of the Prime Minister apologizing.
‘Boris could call, couldn’t he?’ Phil joked. ‘Yes, Boris, why don’t you give us a call?’ Holly adds playfully.
‘Why don’t you give us a ring, Boris?’ Holly’s voice rang out. (Image courtesy of ITV)
Later in the program, Phil joked about a compilation video of all the ‘apologies’ the Prime Minister made in his address and wondered, ‘Has he apologised enough?’
‘I paid the fee promptly and gave the British people a thorough apology,’ Mr Johnson said yesterday.
‘On the first available sitting day, I take this opportunity to reiterate my sincere apologies to the House.’
‘I recognized the pain and fury as soon as I got the warning [from the Met] and stated that people had a right to expect more from their prime minister, and I reaffirm that today.
‘Let me also say that it did not occur to me then or after that a gathering just before a crucial meeting on Covid strategy could amount to a breach of the rules, not as a mitigation or an excuse, but simply because it explains my previous words in this House, that it did not occur to me then or after that a gathering just before a vital meeting on Covid strategy could amount to a breach of the rules.’
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‘That was my error, and I apologize wholeheartedly.’
Later this week, the PM will face an extraordinary vote on whether or not he deceived parliament, which might lead to his resignation.
ITV’s This Morning airs daily at 10 a.m.
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