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14/08/2019 14:20:03  

Unless traditional media refuse to play into No 10’s idea of sanitised broadcasts, new approach may become a trend

Boris Johnson’s decision to launch a regular “people’s prime minister’s questions” slot on Facebook shows how political parties are increasingly able to bypass journalists’ scrutiny – confident that traditional media outlets will, in any eventuality, still report on sanitised official broadcasts.

The attraction of this approach for Downing Street is clear. Why bother holding a regular prime ministerial press conference for Westminster journalists who will ask about tricky subjects if you can select the questions yourself?

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