Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Let them eat cake

As Christmas cards go on sale across the city and unemployment hits a 14-year-high, I have just learned that, even after getting the prestigious Brighton Pavilion for free, the cost to the taxpayer of last year's Festive drinks reception hosted by the mayor was more than £4,000. The mind boggles.

The idea of councillors rubbing shoulders over a glass or two of wine with senior public service managers and the city's rich and powerful brings to mind the image of Mary Antoinette, Imelda Marcos - or any number of leaders down the years who have spent their impoverished subjects' money on living the high life.

Perhaps the current mayor, Tory councillor Ann Norman, should cancel this year's event, as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with everyone who is having to tighten thir belts in the current recession, and donate the £4,000 to the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project instead?

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