People who have been caught up in the backlog of passport applications should have a “staycation” and holiday in the UK instead, according to the tourism minister, Helen Grant.
Grant said she expected people would receive their passports in time to go on holiday this summer, after a backlog at the passport office meant many passports were taking much longer to process than normal.
“But if they don’t want to go away, we have some fantastic places to visit and holiday not that far from here. I think there’s a lot to be said for the ‘staycation’. People need to do what they like,” she said.
Grant, who is also sports minister, is currently in Brazil watching the World Cup.
“How dare [Grant] tell us where to go on holiday? Cheeky sod,” said Eileen Shepherd, from County Durham in the Guardian. Shepherd missed out on a £1,750 cruise because her passport wasn’t ready.
She added: “I think people will be gunning for her. That comment is not helpful and not what we expect from elected personnel. She is not living in the real world with people like us. It is appalling. I’ve worked all my life and saved all my life to be able to go on one big holiday a year and I was robbed of that chance.”
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