Addressing the camera, Neil introduced his show by stating: "Let me make clear what I have repeatedly said before: I do not want to present Question Time. I could not present Question Time. I’m not equipped to present Question Time.
"This has always been my view. There are lots of talented people who could do it.
"But count me out. Whatever posters you put up on your wall, do not put one up of me.
"There are far better people than me who could and should do it.
"But not me. I couldn’t be clearer."
At this point, Neil is phoned by the BBC Director General, who offers him the job to present Question Time.
A simpering Neil enthusiastically accepts...
All the times Michael Gove ruled out being PM
Four years ago
"I'm constitutionally incapable of it. There's a special extra quality you need that is indefinable, and I know I don't have it. There's an equanimity, an impermeability and a courage that you need. There are some things in life you know it's better not to try."
"I don't know what I can do in a way but if anyone wants me to sign a piece of parchment in my own blood saying I don't want to be prime minister, then I'm perfectly happy to do that."
Two months after that
"There are lots of other folk, including in the Cabinet, who could easily be Prime Minster. I'm not one of them. I could not be Prime Minister. I'm not equipped to be Prime Minister. I don't want to be Prime Minister."