Eddie Mair is rightly getting many plaudits today for a softly-spoken yet brutally effective interview of Boris Johnson.
Yet Eddie Mair is by no means the first person to ask questions of Boris Johnson that leave him looking an embarrassed, evasive wreck.
There’s a group of people who have done so regularly for years. They’re members of the London Assembly.
At Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall, the best of them repeatedly leave Boris Johnson looking just as bad as Eddie Mair did this morning. Yet those evasions and calamities normally get almost no attention.
What’s made Eddie Mair questions really have impact is that they were carried out on national TV.
So well done Eddie Mair. He’s shown journalists can be as good questioners of Boris Johnson as politicians regularly are. At last.