BORIS Johnson complained that people try to blame him “for absolutely anything” during a TV grilling on Friday.
The wannabe PM was interrogated by the BBC’s Andrew Neil in his toughest test of the leadership race so far.
The presenter pressed Mr Johnson over allegations he has no grasp of the detail.
He challenged Bojo on whether he “made a bad situation worse” for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a British mum jailed in Iran.
Boris wrongly told MPs she was teaching journalism when arrested – a statement seized on in Iran to serve her with fresh charges.
Mr Johnson hit back: “Well, actually there is no evidence for that…. She is being detained at the behest of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.”
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But Neil pressed: “The issue is did you master your brief? Were you sloppy? Did you not get on top of it?
“Because as Prime Minister doing that could cost lives.”
He warned the Tory MP: “Loose lips cost ships.”
Bojo replied: “People are going to want to blame me for absolutely anything.”
He was repeatedly accused dodging questions during the 30-minute interrogation
At one point Neil interrupted the politician and said: “No, no, no, no – you will answer the questions I want to ask.”
But trying to turn the tables, Bojo accused Neil of being ‘choleric’ – or bad-tempered.
He stuck to his promise to deliver Brexit on October 31, insisting he will keep to the date “come what may”.
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He also called for an injection of “optimism” in the talks – and warned “BBC-generated gloom” is not helping.
Pressed on his controversial policy to give tax cuts to the rich, he insisted that once in No10 “The poorest come first”.
While he the grilling left him rattled, Boris emerged relatively unscathed.
The wannabe PM was interrogated by the BBC’s Andrew Neil in his toughest test of the leadership race so far.[/caption]
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