I MAY have misjudged Prime Minister Cameron.
Mr Cameron has repeatedly refused to take pay increases and gets by on £142,500 a year for running the country. This is handy for criticising people in the public sector who think they should get paid more than the Prime Minister.
It seems the cutbacks at Downing Street have been stringent. There were reports that the Camerons’ baby daughter Florence slept in a cardboard box because they didn’t have a cot.
Now it seems wee Flo is being carried about in a shopping bag. Not a plastic biodegradable one from Tesco. They are too flimsy and the wean would have to be double-bagged.
It’s a £1.99 reusable hessian bag from Waitrose. I use mine for trips to the bottle bank. I’ve seen old ladies cart little dogs about in them.
According to Downing Street sources, young Florence likes nothing better than being in the bag.
There may be a lesson here. As times get tougher and there is not enough public money for essential services, we will have to cut back on stuff we don’t need.
I would start with the second homes, the free furniture, food, utility bills, council tax, and the myriad other expenses involved in maintaining 650 MPs at Westminster.
This is where the Waitrose bag and the cardboard box come in. The box is for MPs to sleep in. They can find a cosy corner somewhere in the houses of parliament. We wouldn’t have them dossing out on the Embankment or anything. Though if they did, they could keep themselves warm at a fire in a litter bin, using all that correspondence as fuel.
The Waitrose bag would be for keeping their goods and chattels. Or maybe a supermarket trolley.
Some politicians might be able to find free accommodation. Maybe with a best friend, best man, or business associate who’s got a spare room.
If the cutbacks are as severe as we are led to expect and the choices so stark, let’s channel some of the pain down Westminster way. Stop feather-bedding politicians. Show we are in this together.
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