|Sputnik | Jan 17, 2018|
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the appointment of a Minister for Loneliness, paying tribute to a project which was first started by the late British lawmaker Jo Cox.
According to Downing Street, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch will now also deal with a whole array of issues related to loneliness, which is thought to affect at least nine million people in Britain.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, for her part, said that by appointing Crouch for this job, she wants to contain the problem of loneliness.
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Twitter users have, meanwhile, remained at loggerheads over the news; many were quick to offer sarcastic remarks.
When poverty is a major cause of loneliness, should @tracey_crouch be appointed Minister to tackle it, when she voted— Oliver (@tynewrc) 17 января 2018 г.
Against a decent pay rise for public sector workers such as nurses,
12 times for the Bedroom tax,
and 45 times to cut welfare benefits?@vincemaple #Chatham
#MinisterForLoneliness Seriously? Taxpayers are paying a ministerial salary (£100,000-odd) for someone to be in charge of this? Whatever next… Minister for Feeling Slightly Awkward at Parties? Minister for Bad Hair Days? Minister for Sleepiness at Work?— Angus Donald (@angus_donald) 17 января 2018 г.
Theresa May’s appointing a Minister for Loneliness after systematically shutting down libraries, community and social centres where lonely people used to go to feel less lonely probably makes perfect sense if you’re a Tory trying to pretend you’ve got a heart— jodiekins (@jodiekins22) 17 января 2018 г.
"Minister for Loneliness" So what of us that enjoy solitude? Absolutely barmy idea from a Government that is totally lost. 😬— Here's Ray Scott (@Lenin2Lennon) 17 января 2018 г.
Others, however, sincerely welcomed Crouch's new appointment, saying that more efforts are now needed to grapple with loneliness-related problems.