Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has attracted derision on Twitter for an ill-timed tweet about the government’s support for the space industry.
The tweet comes at a time when the travel industry is in crisis and has so far, been overlooked for support from the government.
In his tweet, Mr Shapps said he was ‘excited to have us take another step towards space launches from British soil’.
Twitter users took to social media to call out the Transport Secretary, calling his tweet “insensitive” and saying that it just highlighted how “out of touch” he was with the plight of the travel industry. Many also called any investment in space travel a waste of money, saying it was wrong to spend resources on space travel, instead of saving existing travel businesses.