Tory minister in computer games console fury
By GRAEME WILSON, Deputy Political Editor
Published: 17 hrs ago
A TORY minister has sparked outrage by demanding a taxpayer-funded computer
games console in his Whitehall office.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey, 44, said he already had a TV there — so he should
be able to have an Xbox or PlayStation too.
He moaned his request had been turned down by the “powers that be” in his
department in case it looked “frivolous”.
But he vowed to press on with his demands. In an interview yesterday Mr
Vaizey, a keen gamer whose responsibilities include the industry, said: “I
think I will renew my campaign.
“I have a television so why can’t I have a games console?”
Shadow Culture minister Dan Jarvis said: “This reminds me of my nine-year-old
who wants a Game Boy. I keep saying no but he keeps asking.
“If I was in his shoes, I would be focusing on the job that taxpayers pay me
to do — not asking them to buy me games consoles.” A Department for Culture
spokesman said: “I wouldn’t take the comments too seriously.
“He is minister responsible for the games industry, which is one of our big
economic success stories, so it’s not surprising he would like to be able to
show off the best to visitors.
“But having a console is not his highest priority at the moment.”
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