Dan Walker couldn’t help but laugh during Monday morning’s BBC Breakfast during a somewhat awkward interview with the Minister of State for Social Care, Helen Whately.
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During the breakfast show, Helen joined them to discuss plans for lifting remaining social distancing restrictions on 19 July, known as ‘Freedom Day’, but struggled to give a straightforward answer to any of Dan’s questions about the government plans, particularly in regards to removing all masks.
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After avoiding the question about whether she will be wearing a mask on public transport after 19 July, Dan said: “I’m asking you about your personal view, the government are going to say, ‘This is about personal responsibility' so personally… what would you do?” She replied: “Personally I will do what our guidance is.”
Giggling at the situation, Dan said: “I’m sorry I know this is a difficult area, but the guidance would appear to be, ‘Do what you choose,’ so what would you choose to do? […] I know we speak to ministers in government most days on this programme but sometimes, I think our viewers would appreciate, sometimes having a straightforward answer to a straightforward question.”
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Viewers were quick to agree, with one writing: “Dan Walker laughing at Helen Whately shows you just how laughable she is a minister for care She can’t even say whether she will continue wearing face masks if it’s down to personal choice Boris Johnson appointed well.”
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Another added: “I never understand why an MP regardless of the party they represent agree to an interview and don’t actually answer a single question….waste of everyone's time.” A third person wrote: "@Helen_Whately should be embarrassed by this. Avoids simple yes or no questions and chooses to talk plenty but say nothing. Top tip - tell the truth, we might not like it but if we don’t, we have democratic vote every few years to do something about it. Simple!”
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