Diamond Jubilee showed the best of our country, says David CameronReported by Metro.co.uk on Thursday, 7 June 2012 (on June 7, 2012)
*The four-day diamond jubilee celebrations were ‘bad for the economy but good for the soul’, claimed prime minister David Cameron.*
Good show: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (Picture: AFP/Getty)
As the Queen started a five-day break from public duties, the prime minister talked to students about the occasion ahead of a meeting with chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
He told them the jubilee – and the Olympics to come – would ‘show off the best of Britain’ and demonstrate ‘what a great place it is to start a business’.
However, in answer to their questions, he stopped short of saying bank holidays were a good way of kick-starting a flagging economy.
Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into how unpaid Prospects Group workers bussed into London for the celebrations were left stranded in the middle of the night.
The volunteers could get ‘restitution’ as a result, the company responsible for providing the government’s work programme scheme in south-west England said.
The jobseekers were allegedly forced to sleep under London Bridge before the Thames Pageant.
Elsewhere, the BBC said it will take on board criticism of its jubilee coverage to see how its programming could have been improved. The corporation received more than 2,400 complaints about some of its live broadcasts.
It drew massive criticism during the river pageant, with viewers attacking its ‘inane’ commentary, camera angles and sound.
Some strongly objected to a sequence in Tuesday’s coverage which saw Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith discussing a jubilee-themed sick bag.
Responding to the complaints yesterday, the BBC accepted ‘not every aspect of our coverage was to everyone’s taste’, but there had also been ‘appreciation’ of the service it provided.
On a bright note, Prince Philip, 90, is in ‘good spirits’ as he recovers from a bladder infection.
Buckingham Palace said: ‘The treatment of his infection continues with antibiotics. He is likely to remain in hospital over the next few days. He is in good spirits.’ He was admitted on Monday.
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