From the BBC today:
In the UK, lobby reporters currently receive twice daily briefings from No 10, but they are not broadcast. Instead, Downing Street is planning to pilot daily televised press briefings from October, modelled on US briefings from the White House. The daily coronavirus briefings – which took place for three months up until the end of June – attracted large TV audiences. No 10 hopes a more permanent arrangement would help the government get its message across, while increasing engagement with the public.
The Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Labour (:-)), is concerned about this threat to parliamentary democracy. I agree with him. If implemented, it would drag the UK system even lower into the mud alongside other failed systems such as those in the USA and Italy.
As always, based on his deeply-held hypocrisy oath, the Scottish branch’s Murdo Fraser, has ranted at what some might see as a far less substantial attack on the democracy he loves.
In the New European on 3rd July:
A tweet from MSP Murdo Fraser, which was retweeted by Conservative politicians, wrote: “It’s absolute nonsense that @BBCScotlandNews are still broadcasting live every day a 30 minute Party Political Broadcast by the SNP, with no opportunity for a response by any other Party or contrary views expressed. This has to end.”
On the same day:
I feel sure Fraser’s research assistant will have warned him of the risk to his reputation and to his branch if he tweets without care.