With Andrew Marr off sick, his stand-in this morning was Eddie Mair, who proceeded to put Boris Johnson through the most relentless interview the London mayor has ever faced.
Questions from Mair included:
“Aren’t you in fact, making up quotes, lying to your party leader, wanting to be part of someone being physically assaulted? You’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?”
“But even Conrad Black, your friend. Convicted fraudster, even he says he doesn’t trust you completely.”
Plenty has been said about this skewering on the Twittersphere this morning. Fans of Johnson suggest he came out of it in one piece, given the lack of new accusations. The vast majority of the public will not have seen the programme, although they may see clips elsewhere. Others believe this may mark the point where the wheels start to come off the Boris band-waggon.
Either way, here is a transcript of the key passages for those who missed the event:
EDDIE MAIR: Let me ask you about some of the things that came up in the documentary.
BORIS JOHNSON: Right. I haven’t seen it, so you know …