Dilyn the Welsh dog Christmas card cops criticism for ‘taxpayer funded photoshoot’
Dilyn the Welsh dog has been chosen to decorate Boris Johnson’s No 10 Christmas card this year, but has copped criticism for featuring in a “taxpayer-funded photoshoot”.
The two-year-old Jack Russell-cross was saved by Friends of Animals Wales from a breeder in South Wales because he had a misaligned jaw and was going to be put down, and now lives in No 10 with the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson.
The card has already been criticised in the Mirror however as the image was captured by one of the UK Government’s official photographers.
No 10 defended the pictures as a “government resource” which “document the work of the Government as well as the work inside No10”.
An article in today’s Times also criticised the UK Government use of its own photographers, likening it to North Korea, and saying that “the vanity is almost comical”.
“Taxpayers fund them to shovel out PR guff to feed ministers’ already outsized egos,” letters editor Stephen Bleach said. “We’re very generous — at least one of the snappers is on the equivalent of a six-figure salary.”
An image of Jacob Rees-Mogg riding a zipwire at Zip World Bethesda was highlighted for criticism.
First Minister Mark Drakeford’s Christmas card will as last year be based on a child’s drawing.
Support our Nation today
For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.