UK Cabinet revolt at austerity cost cutting
Britain’s Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke is leading a Cabinet revolt and calling for the return of free biscuits as snacks at Cabinet meetings. The Secretary of State for Justice broke Cabinet secrecy rules yesterday to make his views known during an appearance on the Channel 4 TV show “Gordon Behind Bars”.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
He was visiting Brixton Prison as celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay wanted funding for the “Bad Boys Bakery” where inmates cook products to sell on the outside.
As he was talking to prisoners, Mr Clarke said: “I was complaining at cabinet this morning that we don’t have biscuits anymore, so I’m looking forward to a decent lunch.”
He certainly had his fill at the prison as he tucked into lemon slices and steak during the visit.
When asked about the biscuit bust-up a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice confirmed that Mr Clarke would like to see biscuits back on the table at cabinet meetings “because he likes them”.
The “bring back the biscuits” call appeared to be at odds with the mood of Prime Minister David Cameron who has predicted that austerity in Britain will continue until 2020.
A 10 Downing Street spokesman refused to discuss the issue saying “We don’t comment on such details.”
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