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£2.6 million Press Briefing room

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varian Fri 19-Mar-21 16:01:28

Having hired a press secretary to present our government's message to the world, they have now unveiled a White House style press briefing room which has cost us (taxpayers) no less than £2,600,000.

The lectern is backed by four union jacks but the technical part of the renovations were carried out by Megahertz, a Moscow-based firm that has completed technical work for Russia Today, a state-controlled broadcaster. The company’s work reportedly included installing computers, cameras, microphones and a control desk.

Ilovecheese Fri 19-Mar-21 16:09:46

I was trying to find a defence for this that the Conservatives could use, but had to give up.

seamstress Fri 19-Mar-21 16:50:38

How many flags do they need? Why does the lectern read Dow Reet? How much did the Henry Hoover cost? I think they could have got those chairs a lot cheaper.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 19-Mar-21 17:04:48

Johnson loves big moneyed vanity projects, especially if it isn’t his money.

What is wrong with what they had?

MaizieD Fri 19-Mar-21 17:20:31

Fascinated that it's a Russian company that got to fit it up.

I thought that British was world beating in every field.

Couldn't they have used a UK company?

Doodledog Fri 19-Mar-21 17:22:09

At a time when we keep being told that there will be cuts to come, there is no 'magic money tree', that there is no money to pay nurses more than 1% and so on, I can't for the life of me understand the need to spend £2m on a glorified newsroom.

It's almost as though the way the message is delivered matters more than the message itself, isn't it?

keepingquiet Fri 19-Mar-21 17:30:39

The cuts are for us- not for them. They have a forest in their backyard.

seamstress Fri 19-Mar-21 17:34:05

I get it if they need up to the minute tech, but £2.5 m?

Astu Fri 19-Mar-21 17:53:12

And it looks so cheap. Someone must have made a fortune out of this. I worked in IT so realise the tech would be costly if it’s any good. Going by the chairs and panelling I have doubts about it.

varian Fri 19-Mar-21 17:58:59

A British company could have done it for £2,600. But of course that did not include the security sensitive electronic!s

Kim19 Fri 19-Mar-21 18:16:32

Don't mind the cost but think the contract should have gone to a British firm without question.

MaizieD Fri 19-Mar-21 18:52:18

I wonder if it's crawling with bugs?

varian Fri 19-Mar-21 18:57:13

They obviously gave the tech contract to experts in tech security. It's not as if the heart of our government has any secrets from the Russians.

Deedaa Fri 19-Mar-21 19:16:52

That blue with the orange looking panelling just looks cheap and hideous.

MaizieD Fri 19-Mar-21 21:15:07

You clearly just haven't kept pace with modern tastes in decor, Deeda. Do you not realise that 'completely naff' is cutting edge now?

Like the £200,000 flat makeover where sofas and walls are indistinguishable... grin