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 â€” 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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