United Kingdom Conservative Party complained after Prime Minister Boris Johnson didn’t go on a televised climate debate ahead of the nation’s election next month and was replaced with an ice sculpture.
According to The Hill, both Johnson, the Conservative leader, and the Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage have given the Chanel 4’s debate, titled Emergency on Planet Earth, a swerve.
So organizers have decided to have a large ice sculpture melting onto the floor during the program in the area where they wanted the leaders to sit.
Channel 4 editor Ben de Pear said:
“These two ice sculptures represent the emergency on planet earth, not in any human form, but are a visual metaphor for the Conservative and Brexit parties as their leaders declined our repeated invitations to attend tonight’s vital climate debate.”
But the move prompted an unnamed Conservative party source to tell BuzzFeed that a Tory government will reassess the channel’s public service broadcasting license
“If we are re-elected we will have to review Channel 4’s Public Services Broadcasting obligations,” Buzzfeed quoted an unnamed source. “Broadcasting organizations are rightly held to a higher standard — and particularly Channel 4 which has a special role enshrined in legislation. Any review would of course look at whether its remit should be better focused so it is serving the public in the best way possible.”
Johnson’s absence in the debate comes as the Tory party has not yet confirmed a half-hour interview with the BBC’s presenter Andrew Neil; the same journalist who skewered Jeremy Corbyn over Labour’s handling of antisemitism earlier this week.