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.
As Timmy points out, we don't need to wonder why government is so expensive.
No, you don’t need to wonder why government is so expensive. You don’t need to wonder because now you know.
Yep, the money goes on making palatial headquarters, tricked out to match the over-inflated egos of our idiot politicos, using over-inflated budgets.
Seriously, what the fuck were they thinking? I mean, we all know that the government is a simple shopper, willing to pay well over the odds for just about anything (believe me, I look at tenders sometimes and think, "wow. Really? They're willing to pay that?"), but eighteen times what it would cost in the private sector is something pretty fucking special, isn't it? Whilst we all don our hair shirts, the government is continuing to spend our money like water.
I was talking to someone who works at the Treasury the other night, and he was maintaining that the government was "on track" to borrow about £80 billion this year. But, I argued (having first checked that they operated on the same financial year as the rest of us), they had already borrowed about £70 billion by September—only half-way through said financial year—so how could they possibly be on track to borrow only £80 billion this year? Especially given that Gordo and his merry men are throwing money at the banks (and all of that is leaving aside the fact that they estimated this year's borrowing at £45 billion).
Now, I may have brow-beaten the poor chap into submission (or maybe he just didn't have an answer), but isn't it slightly worrying that someone in the Treasury doesn't seem to know the state of the public finances?
No wonder the state is still throwing our cash about...