Andrew Neil leaves Rejoiner Lord Adonis flailing after confronting him with his own tweet
The former BBC journalist, widely regarded as Britain’s toughest interviewer, confronted the Labour peer with his own tweet during a grilling on Spectator TV. A squirming Lord Adonis attempted to deny he had said it, before being forced to admit Kate Bingham, chair of the UK vaccine taskforce, had “done a good job”.
Mr Neil said to Lord Adonis: “You said that the British vaccine rollout would ‘lead to billions of corrupt contracts’ and the supply and distribution would be a ‘fiasco’.”
The Labour peer, who is campaigning for the UK to rejoin the EU, replied: “No, that’s not correct. I haven’t said that.”
Mr Neil said: “Well it is, I’ve got the tweet here.
“On November 11 you tweeted out: ‘It now looks as if the vaccine is going to lead to billions of corrupt contracts and jobs for friends and relations of ministers, like PPE and test and trace… making supply and distribution a fiasco too.’
“These are your words.”
Lord Adonis said: “No I was talking about all of the PPE and all the contracts which we knew about then.”
The ex-BBC journalist pressed: “No ‘it now looks as if the vaccine is going to lead to billions of corrupt contracts’.”
Lord Adonis replied: “I would have done a direct procurement.