£25,000 a day spent by the Scottish Government hiring Pall Mall gentleman's club

August 03, 2012 9:56 AM

According to the Daily Telegraph the Scottish Government is spending £25,000 every single day during the Olympics on hiring out an exclusive gentleman’s club to entertain businessmen and dignitaries.

The First Minister officially opened the Army and Navy Club on London’s Pall Mall, which he has renamed Scotland House for the duration of the Olympics, before the Opening Ceremony last week.

The Scottish Government says the arrangement is aimed at showcasing Scotland and attracting foreign investment as well as for hosting formal events and receptions. The cost of hiring the venue, which will total £400,000, is being split between the Scottish Government and five of its quangos.

This astonishing sum of money is being spent despite the fact that the Scotland Office’s Dover House – a building which overlooks the Horse Guard’s Parade and beach volleyball - is available to Scottish Ministers to use free of charge and is only half a mile away on Whitehall.

After years of complaining about the cost of the Olympic Games and the damage it is doing to the Scottish budget, it's absurd that nearly half a million pounds is being wasted on a vanity project for which there is clearly a cheaper alternative.According to the Daily Telegraph the Scottish Government is spending £25,000 every single day during the Olympics on hiring out an exclusive gentleman’s club to entertain businessmen and dignitaries.

The First Minister officially opened the Army and Navy Club on London’s Pall Mall, which he has renamed Scotland House for the duration of the Olympics, before the Opening Ceremony last week.

The Scottish Government says the arrangement is aimed at showcasing Scotland and attracting foreign investment as well as for hosting formal events and receptions. The cost of hiring the venue, which will total £400,000, is being split between the Scottish Government and five of its quangos.

This astonishing sum of money is being spent despite the fact that the Scotland Office’s Dover House – a building which overlooks the Horse Guard’s Parade and beach volleyball - is available to Scottish Ministers to use free of charge and is only half a mile away on Whitehall.

After years of complaining about the cost of the Olympic Games and the damage it is doing to the Scottish budget, it's absurd that nearly half a million pounds is being wasted on a vanity project for which there is clearly a cheaper alternative.

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