BBC presenter Nick Robinson was under fire last night for ordering Boris Johnson to “stop talking” during a heated bust-up live on air.
Tory lawmakers have condemned the “disgraceful” questioning of the PM by the veteran broadcaster on Radio 4’s flagship Today program and demanded an apology from Bieb.
The pair clashed at a Conservative Party convention in Manchester as Robinson caused a ruckus at petrol pumps over the PM’s delivery crisis.
But the 57-year-old host was not amused when the PM started in a long-winded reply and tried to knock him down.
He sneaks in – resulting in two men talking at each other – before finally snapping the PM for wearing a tightrope.
Robinson storms in: “Prime Minister – stop talking. We’re going to have questions and answers, not ones where you just talk, if you don’t mind.”
The disgruntled Mr Johnson appeared to murmur under his breath, sarcastically saying “Okay, I’m so happy to stop talking”.
Audiences were in arms at Robinson’s brief dressing down.
Tory MP Tom Hunt said angrily: “This is a shameful way of talking to a prime minister and seriously questions the impartiality of the BBC.
“It is one thing to ask questions of inquiry, but it is quite another to not let our head of government serve his sentence.
“If the BBC had been serious about being impartial, they would have apologized.”
Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden said: “It is right that politicians are investigated and held accountable. I think sometimes politicians have the right to end the sentence.”
“It’s right that politicians are investigated and held accountable. I think sometimes politicians have the right to end the sentence.”
The prime-time interview was furious from the start as Robinson took a dig at PM for not appearing on his show for two years.
Tensions between Downing Street and the BBC have been tense – with ministers boycotting the Today program for a few months after the 2019 election.
Robinson was forced to defend the fairness of the show last month after the program was torn down by former Tory leader Lord Howard.
Lord Howard said he had “left” Robinson on the show after hearing him “beret” then Vaccines Minister Nadim Zhawi.
Robinson replied: “We presenters don’t always get it right, but we do our best to strike a balance to allow those people to get our message across, as well as taking them into account.”
The BBC has been contacted for further comment.