Don’t worry, ask a charity to fund it. Boris Johnson is said to be struggling to fund a makeover of his official flat by his partner. He privately complained that the cost was totally out of control and that she had ordered gold wall coverings, tacky, according to sources. In one meeting he reportedly said the bill ran to tens and tens of thousands, while in another, that it was over a hundred grand.
An article in Tatler reveals that his partner has been overhauling the flat to remove all trace of Theresa May’s John Lewis furniture nightmare. According to the magazine, the main living area of the flat has been painted deep green and is “often lit by candles”.
A No 10 spokesman did not deny there were plans for a charity, saying “As has been the case under successive administrations, refurbishment and maintenance are made periodically. Matters concerning works on the Downing Street estate, including residences, are covered in the Cabinet Office annual report and accounts”.
Who knows where this might end? We could seek charitable aid for potholes, or grid cleaning, because the LCC doesn’t fund them enough. Flooding needs help, and our pumping stations are poor relatives in the funding queue?
NHS staff could seek charitable aid after the miserable and nasty 1% pay rise. RCN Chief Executive Dame Donna Kinnair said the government was “dangerously out of touch with nursing staff, NHS workers and the public”.
“Nursing staff would feel they are being punished and made to pay for the cost of the pandemic. It is a political decision to underfund and undervalue nursing staff. With the time remaining before the Pay Review Body recommendation, the government can expect a backlash from a million NHS workers. Taxpayers are supportive of a significant and fair pay rise for NHS workers this year of all years”.