Rising star of receipts
Revealed: the MP with quick wit
The daily drip-feed of MPs expense claims reminded us of an old BBC legend which did the rounds when Michael Gove was a promising journalist rather than a Tory rising star. One day Gove's boss is said to have told him he wanted a chat about his expenses. The boss assured Gove he was not casting aspersions on anything, but was merely curious... perhaps he'd dated something wrongly. One of the receipts was for lunch with Ken Clarke. Gove's boss said he thought that was very interesting, as on the day of this lunch, he himself had lunch with Ken Clarke.
Without missing a beat quick-witted Gove looked up and replied, "The greedy bastard... two lunches!"
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
14 May 2009
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