Cabinet minister: I don’t always watch the news, why would I?

Friday, June 26, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has taken Environment Secretary George Eustice to task after he admitted he did not always follow the national news.

The government representative had been asked for his opinion on footage showing police officers running away from revellers during violent clashes in London, which he said he had not seen.

“That footage has been all over social media, all over the television…you’re a Cabinet minister in this country and you don’t watch the news?”, Julia challenged.

Mr Eustice responded: “I don’t always watch the news, why would I?”

He added that he did “know what was going on in the country” and said he had been briefed on the violence against police that had taken place in Brixton on Wednesday night.

“The Home Secretary is looking very closely at this, we have to have law and order on our streets and we cannot have these illegal raves carrying on.”

Shortly after Mr Eustice’s comments, the country’s most senior police officer, Dame Cressida Dick, suggested that up to 140 officers had been injured in the last three weeks during protests and illegal gatherings.

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted this morning: “Violence we are seeing is appalling. The police have my full backing in tackling criminality & enforcing the law - criminals will face consequences. My best wishes go to those officers injured.”

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