Whilst on line food ordering has reached the homes of millions of people in this country, it clearly has not made an impact in Michael Martins (the Commons Speaker) house. A Freedom of Information enquiry by the Time’s has revealed the following rather strange financial figures:
SINCE MAY 2004 HIS WIFE HAS CLAIMED £4280 IN TAXI EXPENSES RELATING TO THE COLLECTION OF FOOD
THE SPEAKER HAS A CHAUFFER DRIVEN CAR WHICH HAS COST THE TAXPAYER £20000 PER YEAR OVER THE SAME PERIOD
THE SPEAKER HOSTED SIX DINNERS LAST YEAR AT A COST OF £10869.33, WITH A FURTHER £44,216 ON ENTERTAINMENT
If I had the time and the application, I am sure I could find a plethora of suppliers who would actually deliver food to Mr and Mrs Martin’s house. Indeed, the Times informs us that they live close to a Marks and Spencer’s outlet and a Sainsbury’s store. We could even go a step further and ask why the Chauffer didn’t collect the food? Perhaps it was beneath him.
Never mind, Mr Martin hails from Glasgow. Perhaps his wife wanted to make sure his Mars Bar was sufficiently covered in batter!