It was always going to be a risk selecting somebody with the surname Hunt for the Cabinet. We can all be thankful that his given name isn’t Michael.
This morning James Naughtie lived up to his name and mispronounced Culture Secretary Jeremy’s surname in a barely plausible spoonerism (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11925556). Mr Hunt wasn’t introduced as the Hulture Secretary, yet somehow a C usurped the H at the beginning of Jeremy’s family name. Poor boy, must have been like Public School all over.
This is all pretty funny in an immature way, but Mr Hunt was appearing on the Today Show to talk about plans for expanding super-fast broadband internet coverage in the UK. A recent Ofcom report suggests that a lowly 0.2% of UK households have a super-fast (100 mbps +) broadband connection; compare that to 2% in Germany (where I live), 7% in the USA and 34% in Japan. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11925556.
It would be a shame to see an albeit funny Spoonerism overshadow a debate on the Government’s strategy for one of the most crucial 21st century infrastructure issues.