The Independent is reporting that David Cameron is to get a scaled down version of the American President's Air Force One. A private plane all to his little prime ministerial self. Sweet.
That's right. As we are cutting and trimming and letting die or indeed actively killing off poor people, closing down offices, hospitals, public heath, reducing expenditure, dismantling the welfare state, Daft Dave the Piggy Fiddler of Old London Town is to get his own private plane.
Well, some of you will say, and so he should. He went to Eton and Oxford.
Of course it has been pointed out that members of the royal family may be able to use it too... so I imagine that Airmiles will have it on permanent loan doing trips from London to St Andrews in accordance with His Royal Fatness's tee times!
The plane will be apparently be refitted at a cost of a mere £10 million (given their ability to get nothing done on time or on budget, call that £20 million) and will replace the cost of chartering flights, because of course someone as important as the Eton Boy couldn't possibly take a scheduled flight like other people, including the Queen!
The story they are putting out is that it will save money in the long term...but it has also come to light that every other attendee at the recent G20 meeting came in his or her own private plane. Dave was the only leader in the top ranked countries to arrive on the bus. And he doesn't like that at all. Some dreary politician was on the radio this morning whining about the status of the country was at stake.
It is claimed that the plane will not be luxurious... so why is it costing at least £10 million for the refit? Seriously, if it is to save money transporting the PM about the world, why would refits be necessary? What is good enough for soldiers off to risk their lives should be good enough for a pompous oaf off to agree with everything President Obama says, or a fat useless old man off to play golf.
This idea of a presidential-style plane was previously proposed by Blair, who wanted a "Blair Force One", but Gordon Brown to his credit, stopped the project. I guess it must be a necessary accessory for the warmongering idiot about town... with an inflated opinion of his own worth.
I wonder how many people they'll have to throw off Incapacity Benefits to pay for this!