Slightly old story, but caught my eye again.
The House of Commons has rented 12 fig trees to provide shade in the atrium of Portcullis House.
The cost? A cool £30,000.
Thirty grand for a bunch of trees that you could buy plastic ones from Tam doon the road for a fiver each no questions asked?
The Speaker has said he is "horrified". Presumably at yet another Commons cost being found out.
I'm still perplexed at the actual cost of renting the aforementioned trees. Not even a certain DIY retailer charges that much. And why fig trees in particular? Surely they could have got a single Leylandii tree for a few quid, guaranteed to cover the entire building in a couple of week, with all the shade they need. (I have twenty of the bastards down the side of my garden).
Or is there a more sinister reason for the need for shade? Does the Prince of Darkness reside in Portcullis House?