Boris Johnson’s Tory government can’t seem to get anything right, can it?
While the G7 summit was taking place, partners of the G7 leaders were invited to visit the famous Minack Theatre, a clifftop amphitheatre on the coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean.
Afterwards, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden turned the event into a pantomime by tweeting: “This unique venue was one of more than 650 theatres helped through Covid with support from the £2bn culture recovery fund, ensuring that it can entertain visitors for years to come.”
All together now: Oh no it wasn’t!
Theatre bosses responded: “Sorry @OliverDowden but this is not true. We did not benefit from any CRF money as we were not eligible to apply. It turned out having a good level of cash reserves meant we had to fend for ourselves and utilise our own reserves.”
Zoe Curnow, the Minack’s executive director, said on Sunday she was surprised to see Dowden’s tweet. “To try to score a political point is unfortunate, to be completely honest. Obviously the DCMS [Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport] didn’t think to check we were on the list.
“We weren’t on the list because we didn’t qualify, and we didn’t qualify because we run ourselves in such a way that we had enough reserves to see us through.”
That’s not to say that the Minack hasn’t been hit by Covid lockdown restrictions, though!
It lost £300,000 last year and was forced to lay off 15 staff members – something Ms Curnow described as “soul destroying”.
She went on to make the political point that open-air theatres like the Minack should be allowed to go back to full operation sooner than their indoor counterparts because conditions are far less conducive to the spread of Covid-19.
But – again – Dowden and his colleagues are unlikely even to have thought of this.
If they can’t be bothered to check whether a theatre is receiving grant money, they’re never going to be interested in fiddling details like whether meeting conditions to reopen mean it should, even if that makes the difference between prosperity and job losses.
Dowden’s only interest was in winning PR plaudits. Instead he was not only panned but proved that his own career should close – due to bad reviews.
Source: G7 partners’ trip to theatre backfires after minister’s gaffe | Politics | The Guardian
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In true S. Bannon style; Flooding the zone with shit.
The Tories are doing this so much that it has become the norm for daily news and people are becoming immune to such bullshit, like it’s part of their daily life.
No honour amongst thieves and there’s no opposition to take them to serious task over any of it !!