And the award for putting their foot in it goes to…

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HelenGrantJust a day or so after the Home Secretary, Theresa May, apologised for the passport delays, another minister seems to have suggested that the answer is for people to take staycations.

Interviewed in the ouse magazine of Westminster politicians – called stangely enough, House – she said that there was “a lot to be said for staycations.”

There is also a lot to be said for competence, honesty and planning, none of which the government has exhibited a great deal of in the last week.

Even if there are 200,000 extra passport applications; even if there is a backlog of 30,000 or whatever the true figure is, to be so witless as to come out with such a statement is crass and will just get people’s back up. This is one occasion when trying to promote domestic tourism is inappropriate. What people would like to know is whether the government understands the problem and is doing something effective to resolve it.

It so happens that Ms Grant has no passport issues as she is in Brazil for the World Cup because not only is she tourism minister but also sports minister. Given the loss to Uruguay overnight, perhaps her next comment should be that we apply for Uruguayan passports so we can cheer a winner or that there is a lot to be said for playing tiddlywinks!

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