An insight into the minds of our rulers

by Rumbold
19th October, 2009 at 10:03 am    

I thought that this story was very telling, not for Baroness Scotland’s greed, but for the way in which the rules are applied:

THE attorney-general, Baroness Scotland, has sparked anger among colleagues by insisting on the use of a chauffeur-driven Jaguar — a privilege usually reserved for a handful of senior cabinet ministers…

One senior source said that as a minister outside the cabinet she was entitled only to a lesser vehicle, such as a Rover or Toyota Prius. Some officials expressed consternation that on taking up the job two years ago she rejected the use of a lesser car.

The Department for Transport said last week: “The current rules on car allocation are Jaguar XJ or Prius for members of the cabinet. For everyone else: any car with CO2 emissions less than 130g/km.”

The Jaguar emits 209g/km, which is at least 50% more than any non-cabinet car. Thus the rules say it is okay for the members of the cabinet to drive polluting cars, but everyone else must drive environmentally-friendly cars. Very telling.

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  1. damon — on 19th October, 2009 at 3:49 pm  

    I wasn’t aware that we were now being told what cars to drive. Actually it’s the CO2 emmisions of 209g/km that I find least interesting.

    But demanding a Jag because of the status it lends the person being driven in it, does show a certain mentality.

  2. dave bones — on 20th October, 2009 at 12:52 am  

    well spotted. One rule for the bastards..

  3. fugstar — on 20th October, 2009 at 11:29 am  

    take this into context.

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