Friday, January 20, 2006

Silver Service

According to the House of Commons Commission, "in 2005, the Refreshment Department spent £10,630 to replace cutlery lost or damaged through general wear and tear, or to meet changes in the demand for catering services."

Even allowing for all the backstabbing, that sounds like an awful lot of cutlery for our MPs to get through in a single year. Argos offers the splendid 24 Piece Venice Cutlery Set for £3.49. So £10,630 buys you 73,100 pieces, even before the volume discount.

What can they be doing? The most kleptomaniacal MP imaginable couldn't possibly waddle out with that much wedged into his/her pants.


They'd rattle.

Pic: Argos

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