Here’s a story that has managed to keep a low profile this week. The Home Office has spent almost £2,000,000 on taxis and hire cars in the past year.
The bill for taxis was £1,045,671, (excluding tips, I’m assuming), and hire cars cost £917,908.
They are costing the taxpayer thirty three times more for riding in style than they did when Labour came to power in 1997!
So who’s burning all of this rubber? I have a friend who works for the UK Borders Agency, he doesn’t get afforded the luxury of a taxi, even though he has to work awkward hours. Another friend works for Customs and Revenue, he has to use his own means of transport.
My guess is that no non-executive workers who are employed by the Home Office get a free ride in a cab, so who does?
Does Jacqui Smith’s husband call a buckshee cab to pick up his tacky videos? Does the top brass hail a taxi outside of their Whitehall office on Friday afternoon to take them to their weekend retreats down in Cornwall?
We are in a recession so shouldn’t they be leading by example? Surely there is a tube/bus/train that could take them to their destinations!
As Norman Tebbit once said, “Get on your bike!”