8. The Manchester Council Reveller Who Bought An Entire Concert
Think that your tax money would be better spent on going to gigs? Well, you’re in luck. Manchester City Council spent £425,000 on a concert starring Alicia Keys to “showcase the city’s global profile”. That does sound grand! Let’s hear it for Manchester.
7. The Welsh Government Bigwig Who Bankrolled A Failed Kung Fu Lodge
Sadly, everyone was not kung fu fighting, even after the Welsh government spent £1.6 million on a failed scheme to turn a derelict hotel into a kung fu lodge. Now that’s a little bit frightening!
4. The MPs Who Rented Fig Trees To Provide Shade
You know the feeling, you are walking in to Parliament, and you think, ‘its a bit too sunny’. Well, don’t worry. Parliamentary authorities spent £400,000 to rent trees (yes, RENT TREES!) under an arrangement set up 12 years ago for Portcullis House.
3. The Council Wizard Who Hired A “Motivational Magician”
Do you need motivation combined with magic? Of course you do. One of the wizards somewhere in Cotswold District Council made £19,000 disappear on a motivational magician to boost staff morale. Now you see it, now you don’t!
2. The Parliamentary Elf Who Spent £75,000 On Christmas Cheer
If you were feeling a bit mopey about the economic climate at Christmas, have no fear. The Speaker’s office decided to spend almost £75,000 on decorating the Palace of Westminster for Christmas over the last 5 years.
1. The Big, Booming Council Officer Who Hired Brian Blessed As A Tour Guide
Be honest, have you ever wanted to be guided round by the soothing sound of Brian Blessed? Well now you can! Medway council spent £4,000 hiring Brian Blessed to do their audio tour guides. Who knew local councils did any kind of tours, let alone TOURS BY BRIAN BLESSED!!?!
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