/BBC host erupts at Alastair Campbell sniping from sidelines as Boris Johnsons baby born

BBC host erupts at Alastair Campbell sniping from sidelines as Boris Johnsons baby born

BBC host Simon McCoy told off the former political aide to Tony Blair for his criticism of Boris Johnson and the Government during the coronavirus pandemic as he explained many people are saying it’s not the time to point fingers. But Mr Campbell argued he is making perfectly fair and legitimate points by challenging the UK Government during the COVID-19 crisis. Mr McCoy asked: “Are you suggesting this might be a negative then? Boris Johnson having a baby at this time, in this crisis.”


Speaking on BBC News, Mr Campbell said: “Not at all. I’m just making the point that when it happened with Tony, I think it was a positive.

“I think always for the people involved it should be a net positive and I do think there are advantages of living and working in the same place when you have a child.

“He’s lucky enough to be able to do that.”

Mr McCoy added: “I’m interested in the wider discussion about how this crisis is unfolding on a daily basis. There are plenty of people who are saying look, this is perhaps not the time for us all to be pointing fingers.

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Alastair Campbell hit out at the UK Government (Image: BBC)

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BBC host Simon McCoy said it’s not the time to criticise (Image: BBC)

“Of course call politicians into account, the time for blame will come. This isn’t it, we all need to get through this as best as possible.

“Sniping on the sidelines helps no one.”

Mr Campbell continued: “I don’t think I’m sniping from the sidelines.

“I think I’m making perfectly fair and legitimate points and I don’t like that is emerging that somehow you shouldn’t criticise or challenge Government.

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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announced the arrival of their baby boy (Image: GETTY)

“The thing I know from having worked on the other side of the media fences, inside a Government operation, is that the challenging and the scrutiny and the questioning is an incredibly important part of the process of decision making.

His comments come as Mr Johnson announced he will take a short period of paternity leave later in the year.

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds’s son is the third baby born to a serving Prime Minister in recent history.

Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron took paternity leave after the births of their children while in office.


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In 2013, when Mr Johnson was mayor of London, appeal court judges ruled that the public had the right to know he had an extra-marital affair with a woman who gave birth to his daughter.

Mr Johnson’s previous marriage was to Marine Wheeler, a lawyer.

They had children together but announced in September 2018 that they had separated. They divorced earlier this year.

The oldest of Mr Johnson’s children is 26-year-old Lara Lettice, who was conceived ahead of his wedding to Ms Wheeler.

His other children are Milo Johnson, 24, Cassie Johnson, 22, Theodore Johnson, 20, Stephanie, 11.

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