THE Andrew Neil interview fiasco rumbles on, with both the BBC and the Prime Minister to blame.

For anyone not up to date the BBC's 'Paxman style', confrontational interviewer Neil has, as part of the broadcasters election coverage, been holding a series of leaders interviews.

But midway through the series there is a big problem - the Conservative leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is yet to be interviewed.

And with just over a week to go to the election, a date for this interview still hasn't been fixed.

Some will no doubt say - why does this even matter? The reality is it does.

Virtually every Conservative supporting national newspaper splashed on Jeremy Corbyn's interview last week. Even if you didn't see it, you heard about it.

The PM's behaviour on this matter has been contemptible, and cowardly. We live in a democracy where our leaders should put themselves up for scrutiny, their records and their manifestos examined.

I always used to criticise Prime Ministers of the past, including Tony Blair and John Major, who refused to take part in head-to-head leaders debates, so in a way the PM's move to not take part is the continuing of that.

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But I can't help thinking if this was Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon or Jo Swinson, the nationals would have been chasing them round with a guy in a fancy dress chicken outfit.

None of this is any surprise with this PM. I wrote a few months ago the Tories would be wrong to go with Johnson. I suspect some of the other Tory leadership candidates would be taking part in the Neil interview, and would have probably taken part in Channel 4's Climate Change debate as well.

(If you missed that one Michael Gove went along with the PM's dad to charm their way in. But Channel 4 instead replaced the PM with an ice sculpture).

So we are where we are now, with Tories claiming "negotiations are still ongoing", but I suspect it now isn't going to happen.

The BBC will be desperately hoping they can pin him down to a date in the next week, because bosses will know they are facing criticism over their impartiality if they don't. Quite simply, before any of the series was broadcast, all leaders should have had interview dates fixed.

And as for Andrew Marr attempting a Neil style interview on Sunday? A poor imitation.