Downing Street’s new briefing room received a mixed reaction on social media last night after the ‘White House’-style chamber had its first public outing in a Covid-19 broadcast.
People were quick to point out that the central podium had been changed having previously featuring the words “Downing Street” with an HM government logo superimposed over it – so only “DOWN REET” was visible.
The number of flags positioned behind to the rear of the stage has also been reduced from four to two.
But despite £2.6 million being spent on the overhaul, it was pointed out that government officials still have to say ‘next slide please’.
Others also noted the absence of Henry Hoover, which developed its own parody account after it was left out in the first leaked images.
‘PressOfficeHenryHoover’, tweeting under @HooverPress, bagged himself a job that ‘truly sucked’, one person said, although it replied: “It is mainly long blond hairs and lies.”
Mainly, opinion was very divided over whether this was money well spent.
Here’s the pick of the reaction so far:
A shoddy, cheap-looking and superficial construct. And the new Downing Street press briefing room. pic.twitter.com/eVMYxR06Lx— Mr Roger Quimbly (@RogerQuimbly) March 29, 2021
Fucking hell it looks naff. I don't even take umbrage at the flag or the party colours. I take umbrage at the smothering gasping-for-air bloody naffness of it all. pic.twitter.com/U5PlPuCt5J— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) March 29, 2021
Reason for the delay to the opening of the press briefing room now becomes clear. pic.twitter.com/dE0Br2ymkl— Jon Newton (@MrJonNewton) March 28, 2021