Boris Johnson hits out at 'ridiculous' question over whether he is relatable during BBC interview

Rebecca Speare-Cole
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during an interview with Naga Munchetty: BBC

Boris Johnson hit out at a "ridiculous" question over whether he believes he is relatable during an interview with BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty.

The Prime Minister grew flustered when asked if he was a "family man" and instead tried to steer the conversation back to his vision for Britain after Brexit.

He also came under scrutiny for his mopping skills as well as his method of making a cup of tea.

When Ms Munchetty said she wanted to know why he was relatable, the Prime Minister appeared irritated.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during an interview with Naga Munchetty. (BBC)

He said: "That's a matter for other people, I can't possibly say I'm relatable, what a ridiculous thing."

When pressed again later on, he said: "Am I relatabe? I don't have the faintest idea. That is the most psychologically difficult question anyone has ever asked me."

The tetchy exchange continued when Ms Munchetty showed Mr Johnson a video of him mopping a floor in flood-hit Matlock.

Boris Johnson grew flustered at questions over his relatability (BBC)

Before correcting his cleaning technique, she said: "This is why people perhaps don't think you're relatable, have you ever used a mop before?"

The Prime Minister defended his technique, insisting that he knows how to mop because he had "squeezed" it.

He was also pushed to defend his tea-making skills as "delicious" after he was citicised for leaving the tea bag in the mug while making a brew during a campaign video.

After probing Mr Johnson about his campaign policies, Ms Munchetty also said she wanted viewers to understand more about who the Prime Minister is.

"Give us an idea of what the family man is like. Your partner Carrie Symonds is campaigning, you're a father, you're on the campaign trail," she said.

"Why are you relatable to families up and down the country? How can they relate to you and your family?"

Mr Johnson blustered: "Of course I've been err... I've had a very happy and wonderful life in many many ways. I was the beneficiary of... my parents gave me fantastic opportunities, they brought me up to do everything I possibly can."

"What I want for every child in this country is to have a sense they can achieve their full potential,” he added.

He said he believe the reason people voted for Brexit was because “there are too many parts of the country where people feel they don’t have the opportunities they could”.

At the end of the interview, he said: “I love this country and I want to serve it.”

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