Louise Minchin welcomed Dominic Raab onto BBC Breakfast today as countries across Europe suspend the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and the Government announced changes to its police, crime, sentencing and courts bill. However, it was Minchin’s question to Raab on Government spending in Downing Street that led to outraged viewers heading to Twitter to vent their frustration.
Minchin asked whether the £2.6million spent on developing the media suite in Downing Street was an effective use of funds.
She said: “Just briefly, I’m sure you will go to it at some point, Downing Street has got this new briefing room, £2.6million, is that money well spent?”
“Look it’s not something I’m responsible for but I do think that making sure we communicate with the public is very important,” Raab replied.
“We saw that in the press conferences that the Prime Minister and other senior ministers, myself included, had.
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“Making sure that we can communicate directly with the public is something that I’m sure they welcome and making sure we can do it in an effective, coherent way is very important.”
BBC Breakfast viewers were infuriated by Minchin’s line of questioning and took to Twitter to comment.
One remarked: “@BBCBreakfast how can you question the Government over a £2.5 million media suite when you pay Lineker and Ball the same amount EVERY year!! Both could be replaced and no one would even notice?”
“@BBCBreakfast A bit rich this morning that cost of media room at Downing Street criticised when
@BBCSport pays @GaryLineker and others over £1 million per annum but will threaten the old & poor with court action if they fail to contribute @DefundBBC to end this disgrace,” another said.
While a third wrote: “@BBCBreakfast The BIGOTRY of Louise and the BBC who complain about the cost of Downing Street press conference studio..When BBC breakfast studio cost many times more and also paid for by the public…”
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