BBC journalist Ros Atkins has been praised for his honest opening monologue during last night’s BBC World Service, which captured the uncertainty facing the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.
The broadcaster gave a no holds barred approach as he perfectly summarised the news that 40 countries closed their borders to the UK due to the new Covid-19 strain and that we’re headed towards leaving the EU without a deal.
Kicking things off with a bang, Ros began: ‘It’s the shortest day of the year here in the UK and the dank, dark day is matched profoundly as uncertain time.
‘A new variant of Covid-19 is out of control, because of this 40 countries have banned all incoming flights from the UK. In addition, France has shut its border, hundreds of lorries are stuck and there are warnings some fresh food supplies will be impacted within days.’
He continued: ‘Meanwhile, cases continue to surge, and families are rearranging Christmas after the government suddenly changed the rules. And then, there’s Brexit. There’s still no trade deal. If that’s the case at the end of the year, we’ll have a no-deal Brexit.
‘Boris Johnson predicts the UK will prosper mightily in that situation. The UK spending watchdog predicts it will deliver a huge economic blow.’
‘Better news came on the vaccine,’ Ros added. ‘Half a million people in the UK have now received their first vaccine jabs, but the benefit of that scientific marvel will come next year.
‘For now, this is a Christmas week wrapped in worry and uncertainty.’
Ros’ report has gone viral with many people applauding him for his frankness and branding it ‘spot on’.
‘Finally, a journalist just saying it as it is,’ one wrote, as another posted: ‘Turns out an almighty clusterf*ck can be summed up in under 60 seconds.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, a third penned: ‘An excellent summary of where we are.’
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