So far, Boris has tended to prefer interviewing last. I still maintain that he will attend the interview, but only if his team either see him losing votes as a result of not doing, or calculate that he no longer has anything to lose by appearing. It is noticeable that he now has a bouncy "new" message that even the strongly pro-Remain Evening Standard seemed to like.We’d have to agree to disagree on that. Certainly worthy of comment to the extent that Johnson is the only one who hasn’t (yet) agreed but as AN went on to say, Johnson is compelled by no law to appear on any media platform.
There was no need for the slightly petulant near sneering monologue from AN. We know he hasn’t agreed to appear and we are able to draw our own conclusions from that. We don’t need less than subtle steering from the BBC or from AN.
He isn’t the first politician to say no to such a tv show, he won’t be the last and after the disgraceful performance by Marr last Sunday, who could really blame him.
Politicians of all stripes only agree to these 'debates' if they think it will serve them well and/or harm their opponents.
Going last also has the advantage in political debate that you can shoot down those who have gone before you, but they have limited opportunities to fire back, especially with polling day looming.