Despite his being effectively in charge of the increasingly alt-right Spectator magazine, which routinely gives a platform to Islamophobes like Rod Liddle, and more especially Doug Murray The K, and still gives a regular berth to self-admitted anti-Semite Taki Theodoracopulos, who also writes in support of Hitler’s Wehrmacht and voices his admiration for Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, Andrew Neil is still there at the BBC.
Recalling his time as a long-serving editor of the Murdoch Sunday Times, Neil can’t resist telling his fellow journalists how to do their job. Last week was no different. “Strange journalistic obsession with whether or not coronavirus will extend Brexit transition period beyond end-2020. I suspect most folks, as they confront the growing corona crisis, think at this stage - who cares?”. He certainly didn’t. Until the next day.
As the Independent reported the day after news of Barnier’s positive test, “Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator David Frost is self-isolating at home after showing ‘mild’ symptoms of the coronavirus, Downing Street has said. The top official has been leading the UK government’s efforts to forge a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. Mr Frost’s counterpart Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, said on Thursday he had tested positive [for] Covid-19”.
It isn’t Brexit extension OR Covid-19 - it’s the two subjects together. No-brainer, really.
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