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Nero Brown pic from Safetyphoto
Nero                                                   Gordon
Here we go again, another day and another huge amount of taxpayers cash spunked up against the wall.

The Prime Minister Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, sorry James Gordon Brown today said that crime will be reduced by the building of the Golden House sorry Jack Straws new office.

Like his famous political namesake Gordon has wasted millions on games for the plebs which will have little financial benefit for the nation other than to take the minds of the plebs and proles off of their woes.
Opposition politicians and union leaders have expressed astonishment at the cost of the project to create a new home for Justice Secretary Jack Straw and his staff.
The remodelling of the concrete tower block, next to St James' Park in London, cost £915 a square foot to complete – around 18 times more than a standard refurbishment would cost in the private sector.
In addition to the refurbishment costs, £2,745,000 was lavished on new furniture and fittings for the offices and £290,000 was spent on artwork.
Nick Herbert, the shadow justice secretary, said: "A Government that prioritised public safety might have used this money to prevent the early release of prisoners. 
Instead they've spent a staggering sum on a new palace for the Lord Chancellor.
"When ministers are demanding cuts in prison and courts budgets, such lavish spending on their own offices will intensify questions about the value of a new department which is clearly failing to live up to its own name."
From the outside, the Ministry of Justice offices look no different from when the Home Office moved out of the same building in 2005.
Harry Fletcher assistant general secretary of the probation union NAPO, condemned the expense.
"This is a colossal waste of taxpayers' money. This is an extraordinary sense of priorities," he said.
"At the same time as they are spending a huge amount of money on refurbishing this building, they are about to cut the probation budget by £120m and shed 3,000 prison jobs, all of which will lead to more reoffending and more victims.
"Lavish refurbishment seems more important to ministers than reducing crime."
In October this year leaked documents revealed secret plans to cut 10,000 jobs over the next three years at the Ministry of Justice and its agencies.
Official documents indicated that 3,000 jobs would go from the Prison Service, more than 3,100 in the courts and more than 1,300 in probation.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the "rationalisation" of its estate would bring "substantial future savings".
New offices and artwork whilst the nation falls apart. A case of Nero fiddling whilst Rome burns. Still at least Brown has not killed off his mother....yet.

The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.  - Cicero - 55 BC

"A weak currency is the sign of a weak economy, which is the sign of a weak government" - Gordon Brown, 1995

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Not a sheep said...

18 times more than the same work would have cost in the private sector; now do you see where cost savings could be made in the public sector? Not that that will prevent Gordon Brown from shouting "Tory Cuts" at every opportunity; shouting that will be happily spread by the Labour party's private broadcaster, the BBC.

Fidothedog said...

The chant of Tory cuts needs to be countered by chants of public sector non jobs, recession, waste, sleaze and even a chant of "Tom Harris said we are moaning for nothing"

Stoker said...

A credit for the poor photoshop manipulation of the photo - http://safetyphoto.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/spot-the-diffrence-brown-nero/

would have been nice - but no worries I like the article anyway

Fidothedog said...

Consider it done, normally try to get links back in.

Must have had a Gordon Brown moment there!

Stoker said...

That was quick, I will put a few links up.....