David Cameron claims Boris Johnson can “get away with things” that others cannot

David Cameron claims Boris Johnson can “get away with things” that others cannot

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said Boris Johnson can “get away with things that mere mortals can't manage to”, implying a political and media “arms race” to outwit each other.

Johnson's team has modified media relations by hiring personal photographers to replace media photographers at crucial events.

Johnson has also utilised pre-recorded video to make announcements, most recently announcing no additional restrictions before Christmas.
Cameron stated this in an interview with Adam Boulton for Feral Beasts, a documentary on Britain and the media.
“I believe there has been an arms race,” Cameron remarked. For that magic moment, politicians and media have tooled up with special advisers and spin doctors, and even more aggressive ‘gotcha' interviews.

“I think we should try to maintain a distant and sometimes combative relationship while acknowledging your reasonable concerns and our responsibility to explain our actions. And can we find some room for those things to coexist?”

David Cameron claimed that Johnson could get away with more than other people because he had requested a personal official photographer.

He also slammed the PM for boycotting appearances on Today on BBC Radio 4, where he had appeared for the first time in two years in October.

Cameron was criticised for avoiding journalistic scrutiny while at No 10. His monthly press briefings as Conservative leader were soon abandoned.

I don't think you should do this to avoid the media. “You keep doing press conferences, interviews, and media events,” Cameron remarked. “I always have. Yes, press briefings were rare, but I never shied away from appearing on Today or your show.

“We were always eager to interact and answer questions.”

Johnston had pledged a more open interaction with the press and engaged Allegra Stratton as an official spokesman to front them.

The briefings were terminated after several top personnel left over the issue. It was revealed last month that workers joked about Downing Street Christmas parties during briefing rehearsals.