Boris Johnson replaced by melting ice after missing election climate debate

epa08031625 An ice sculpture is put in place for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the studio before the start of the Channel 4 News' General Election climate debate at ITN Studios in Holborn, central London, Britain, 28 November 2019. EPA-EFE/Kirsty O'Connor/ Press Association / POOL

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Britain’s increasingly rancorous election campaign took a bizarre turn on Thursday night when prime minister Boris Johnson refused to join other party leaders in a televised debate on climate change, prompting producers to replace him in the studio with a melting ice sculpture.

On yet another day in which media coverage became as much a talking point as political issues, Johnson’s Conservative party offered government minister Michael Gove as a replacement, but Channel 4 refused, saying it was a leaders-only event.

That prompted the Conservatives to complain to Britain’s broadcast regulator and led to a bitter real-time Twitter spat between the editor of Channel 4 News, Ben de Pear, and Conservative minister James Cleverly.

Election debate at Channel 4
 An ice sculpture is put in place for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the studio before the start of the Channel 4 News’ General Election climate debate at ITN Studios in Holborn, central London, Britain, 28 November 2019. EPA-EFE/Kirsty O’Connor/ Press Association / POOL

Via Euronews

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