Boycotting Radio 4's Today programme is unjust for democracy

Sharp interviewer: John Humphrys, presenter of the Today programme
Sharp interviewer: John Humphrys, presenter of the Today programme

Reports abound that government ministers could be boycotting Today on Radio 4, with Lee Cain, Boris Johnson’s director of communications, apparently instructing them to avoid it, calling the programme “a total waste of time”. The Prime Minister’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings is said to agree: “I never listened to the Today programme for the entire year of the referendum and I intend to repeat this while I am here,” he has reportedly said.

Is that it, then? Is Today dead? After all, what’s the point of a political programme without any senior politicians? Boris Johnson didn’t grace it with his presence once during his leadership campaign, instead choosing to give an interview to The World at...

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