The Prime Minister was interrupted by Today programme presenter Nick Robinson as he answered questions about the acute shortage of lorry drivers driving the fuel crisis
Boris Johnson was told to “stop talking” by a BBC presenter in a testy radio interview.
The Prime Minister made his first appearance on the Today programme in two years from Conservative conference – but the discussion turned tense when Mr Johnson gave a rambling answer about HGV drivers.
BBC Presenter Nick Robinson tried to interrupt the PM when he was arguing that the shortage of lorry drivers was due to failure to encourage workers to sign up for the job.
Mr Robinson: “You have made that point very clearly and I’m going to…
“Prime Minister – stop talking. We are going to have questions and answers, not where you merely talk, if you wouldn’t mind.”
The Prime Minister replied: “Well, very happy to stop talking.”
At the end of the interview, Mr Robinson thanked the PM for talking to the Today programme.
Mr Johnson joked: “It’s very kind of you to let me talk, I thought that was the point of inviting me on your show, but anyway, lovely to see you.”
It came as the PM gave a series of broadcast interviews ahead of his major speech to the Conservative conference on Wednesday.
He is expected to use his address to urge employees to get back to work – and today said young Brits should get back to the office or be “gossiped about and lose out”.
Mr Johnson also tried to downplay the severity of fuel and food shortages plaguing Brits.
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Asked if there was a crisis, he told the BBC: “No.”
“What you saw in the last 20 years or more, almost 25 years, has been an approach whereby business of many kinds, was able to mainline low wage, low cost, immigration for a very long time,” he said.
Asked if the UK was heading for a 1970s-style inflationary spiral, he said: “I don’t think that the problem will present itself in that way and I think actually that this country’s natural ability to sort out its logistics and supply chains is very strong.”