November 1st, 2012

Hague’s Taxpayer Funded Snake Stuffing

When Guido heard that William Hague had stuffed a 20-foot anaconda in the Foreign Office, he just had to find out how much the taxpayer was being billed. The answer is an eye-watering £10,000. But what followed was perhaps the greatest FOI response of all time:

“‘Albert’ the anaconda was allegedly presented by a Bishop, in what is now Guyana, to the Colonial Secretary in the 19th century – exact names and dates are unknown. However, he appears in a photo from circa 1892, which means he has been in the FCO for at least 120 years. As a gift to the FCO, Albert is therefore regarded as an FCO asset. As such, the FCO is obliged to maintain its assets, and the work on ‘Albert’ was essential maintenance. It is believed that ‘Albert’ was first re-stuffed in the 1960s or 1970s, but there are no records of how much it cost on that occasion. Certainly no significant maintenance has been carried out on him in the last 40-50 years. ‘Albert’ was never housed in a glass case, as is commonly believed. In moving him from his suspended position in the Ansell Library (a separate Library area to the old Home Office Library referenced above) to facilitate planned refurbishment to the area it was observed he was in poor condition. A decision was taken to use this opportunity to carry out a refurbishment to ‘Albert’ including a safety check on the suspension fittings. The cost of the conservation and restoration work on ‘Albert’ was £10,000. The work was undertaken by the Conservation Team at the Natural History Museum, over a 5-week period, from 21 May to 26 June 2012. As nothing was known about previous work done on ‘Albert’, the conversation team at the NHM needed to use x-ray CT scanning, which is a costly procedure that required extensive data processing and a specialist to do the analysis. Also, the level of detailed, delicate work in the restoration involved an intensive amount of care and attention from highly trained staff.”

Austerity, what austerity?


172 Comments

  1. 1
  2. 2
    Tom Tomos says:

    A trousered snake.

  3. 3
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    A slippery snake. How apt!

  4. 4
    Doktorb says:

    Any jokes about William Hague, a snake, and getting a stuffing, should be sent elsewhere.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Couldn’t they have chucked it in the bin?

  6. 6
    Fatso watson watch says:

    Whats vaz doing hanging from the ceiling

  7. 7
    Steve Miliband says:

    £10K – it just doesn’t adder up

  8. 8
    Simon B says:

    Austerity for us plebs, same old crap from the “elite”.

  9. 9
    CityBlue says:

    Hague stuffed an anaconda? When he had the gorgeous Ffion to gome to? Extraordinary behaviour.

  10. 10
    John says:

    At least Torys waste money on nice right-wing things like re-stuffing imperial era snake-gifts.

  11. 11
    Chris Myers (aged 25) says:

    No it isn’t.

  12. 12
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Phew.

    I feared the worst when I saw the words William Hague and stuffed.

    Does he pass for rough trade with his Cabinet colleagues?

  13. 13
    Last Quango says:

    I hate snakes and why are all the bookshelves empty?

  14. 14
    T.WATSON - FAT BASTARD says:

    What a waste of money.

    I’d rather stuff my fat face any day.

    That amount of money would keep me in food for a month!

  15. 15
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Nice to know a stuffed snake doesnt have to wait for a CT scan, but hundreds of tax payers have to wait months to get one.

    Un-ba-fucking-lieveable !

  16. 16
    Relieved says:

    When Guido heard that William Hague had stuffed…

    I thought

    Oh no…OMG Are we going to get another shower of shit…?

    To match Jimmy Soapville?

    It’s can’t get much worse at the moment except if we have some zoophilia…or cannibalism perhaps…

  17. 17
    David Eyles says:

    Yes but note how Albert is suspended next to all those empty library shelves. The FCO library was once a magnificent collection, but all was sold under the expert guidance of one D Milliband. At least Albert has been saved.

  18. 18
    Tax payer says:

    It seems like it wasn’t only the snake that got stuffed.

  19. 19
    Why have I bovvered to write this? says:

    tbf, he does give her a goodnight hiss.

  20. 20
    Just asking says:

    Did D Milliband pocket the proceeds?

    Knowing News Labour and all that…

  21. 21
    The Golem says:

    Sad that Albert went to the happy hunting ground so long ago, he could have eaten Nick Clegg in Cabinet and done us all a favour.

  22. 22
    Beast says:

    They could have just hung mandelson and saved ten grand

  23. 23
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Dianne Abbott and Emily Thornberry are to be the front row props on labour’s new all women rugby team.

  24. 24
    Selohesra says:

    That would be a waste – better to use as draft excluder for very big door. It would demonstrate their green credentials

  25. 25
    Keeper of the Privy says:

    THere are many snakes left in Westminster that could all do with stuffing. No need to hange them up after though.

  26. 26
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    FOI reply is actually trying to justify the £10K…Unbelievable

    The last Gov were winding down the foreign office…it is pretty pointless post. EU covered by Europe minister, International Development and home office remits cover many overseas issues.

    It seems that Billy Boy Hague likes the foreign office, cushy number, lots of travel ( to cover lack of off spring ) , and spending tax payers money on sh*ite

  27. 27
    Fish says:

    + 100

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    This website has become piss poor over the last year or so. Seriously, it’s either trivial beyond words or so coated in bile that it’s bad for one’s health reading it.

  29. 29
    I don't need no doctor says:

    New Labour has now been officially replaced by Cynical Hypocritical Labour.

  30. 30
    Moussa Koussa Mark 1 says:

    FOI reply is actually trying to justify the £10K…Unbelievable

    The last Gov were winding down the foreign office…it is pretty pointless post. EU covered by Europe minister, International Development and home office remits cover many overseas issues.

    It seems that Bil*ly Boy Ha*gue likes the foreign office, cushy number, lots of travel ( to cover lack of off spring ) , and spending tax payers money on sh*ite

  31. 31
    Selohesra says:

    Would you put books up there with a bloody big snake nearby?

  32. 32
    Fish says:

    Load of old cobras if you ask me

  33. 33
    AND . . . says:

    also appearing in Hewett’s Hulking Hod Humper Gymnastic Team

  34. 34
    I don't need no doctor says:

    That sounds like a description of labour under Millionaireband.

  35. 35
    Beast says:

    THE SUN
    “HAGUE TROUSERS £10,000 SNAKE”

    I didnt know that “rent” was that expensive

    SPAD
    specialy proportioned anaconda dick
    14 Pints would love that

  36. 36
    JuliaM says:

    John Prescott wants to know if anyone will pass him Anna Conda’s phone number.

  37. 37
    Ffion faghag Hague says:

    This Hague 20′ Snake must be a mythical beast. I’ve never seen it.

  38. 38
    Beast says:

    Another ten grand hissed away by useless politicians

  39. 39
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    I’d pay £ 10,000 to have Little Johnny B13 COW stuffed rigid and hung from the ceiling.

  40. 40
    Stonewall wants UK to be first Gayocracy says:

    Fucking Bigot! You’re nicked!

  41. 41
    Doomed..... says:

    Own goal?

  42. 42
    It's only someone elses money says:

    You must be sidewinding me up…….

  43. 43
    Disco Biscuit says:

    And we thought it was Mandelson who liked lengthy Latin Americans…!

  44. 44
    William Hague at McKinsey says:

  45. 45
    Last Quango says:

    True. It’s horrific!

  46. 46
    Beast says:

    Thats his wifes job

  47. 47
    Yeah, right... says:

    Let them eat cake.

  48. 48
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Those now-empty bookshelves were once stuffed with fascinating books, making up the priceless FO Library. The library was broken up and flogged off – an act that could be described as the FO’s kr’istall’nact – by… one D. Miliband. Utter, utter bastard.

    From Hague’s speech just over a year ago:
    “It is ironic that the only object to survive the gutting of the library is a one hundred year old twenty-foot stuffed anaconda known as Albert, who remains suspended over the empty bookshelves, while the books from the period when such an unusual foreign gift found its way into the Foreign Office have been dismantled around it, and can never be reassembled. To my mind the fate of the FCO library is emblematic of a gradual hollowing out of the qualities that made the FCO one of our great institutions.”

    Full speech here, made just over a year ago:

    http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2011/09/08/william-hague-foreign-office-speech-in-full

    Don’t bash Hague for this one, Guido; it’s his predecessor who should be strung up like Albert.

  49. 49
    xenu says:

    I’m happy with this restoration; lovely old object and they could spend it on much worse things

  50. 50
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Taxpayers on the NHS could only dream of such prompt & extensive expertise & treatment.

    This, like Ed Balls £3 million office upgrade before he got kicked out, is indicative of the political elites utter contempt for the taxpayer & OUR money.

  51. 51
    William Hague says:

    Double hotel rooms don’t come cheap.

  52. 52
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    No doubt you took advantage of the Muslim prayer area in Ed Balls office after he blew £3 million quid to turn an office of state into a chillaxed Islamic Bauhaus-esque nightmare?

  53. 53
    Just in: Trouseredsnake says:

    A lot of mamba jambo

  54. 54
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    How many snakes in Westminster should be hanged… never mind the stuffing.

  55. 55
    We're Totally Fooked if Dave remains P.M.ve says:

    Boris — Your Country Needs You — Do a Brutus on Dave forthwith, and an Edward II on Hague immediately afterwards.

  56. 56
    Well said that man. says:

    Bill Cash on working with David Cameron “I dwell amid pinheaded weasels who know only timid, the generic and the abacus.”

  57. 57
    Just in: Trouseredsnake says:

    …and in these (boa) constricted times too

  58. 58
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    I haven’t got a twitter account, so I just carry around a megaphone to announce what I’m doing at random times.

    I’ve got three followers so far, but I think two are cops.

  59. 59
    Selohesra says:

    Should have stuck it in a krait and stored in the basement

  60. 60
    Shakin Dave Cameron says:

    When was the last time that you got a good stuffing?

  61. 61
    Ophidiophile says:

    How much do the 648 snakes in the House of Commons cost us?

  62. 62
    Junior Asprin says:

    Hmmmmm…………..Bishop……Prince Albert……..Hague…hmmmm.

  63. 63
    Just in: Trouseredsnake says:

    all this talk about the squeezed middle

  64. 64
    Gonk II says:

    And the hooker ?

  65. 65
    Rudolph says:

    “…… the conversation team at the NHM needed to use x-ray CT scanning,”
    Presumably to give them a conversation topic.

  66. 66
    c.eng says:

    The product’s the same, the name’s changed so it does what it says on the tin.

  67. 67
    Bullshitting Bullying Cokeheads says:

    What tripe!

  68. 68
    Beast says:

    Dont bash the Bishop

  69. 69
    Westminster Pinks says:

    But if you, Foxy and Laws share a room together, it will save money.

  70. 70
    Jack Daw says:

    Good for a laugh but I don’t begrudge Hague or FCO their £10k stuffed snake. What I do find shocking is the UK’s social security bill of around £160 billion and growing-a lot of it funding wasters both home grown and imported.

  71. 71
    Bullshitting Bullying Cokeheads (BBC) says:

    Good point made!

  72. 72
    S.T.U.N says:

    Sally perhaps?

  73. 73
    GloryTory says:

    No stuffed Stags? What is this world coming too?

  74. 74
    Col Nut says:

    It should have been scaled down. Somebody’s been taking the hiss.

  75. 75
    Loopy Lou says:

    Who are you ?

    Are you a sixth former ?

    Do you think sterling is overvalued ?

    Have you ever visited Wales ?

  76. 76
    ÁC1 says:

    You pay for a CT scan, you can get one TODAY.

    You wait for your ration on the National Death Service and you’ll probably die.

  77. 77
    Gonk II says:

    What an incredible act of vandalism !

  78. 78
    Mustapha ben Effit says:

    May A ll ah pour his peace on you.

  79. 79
    Expat Geordie says:

    Didn’t Labour sell off the FCO Library as it reminded them of Britain’s past glories, and no socialist wants to be reminded of that. The same way as they closed down the FCO Language School as obviously you don’t want your diplomats speaking the local lingo.

    There is a line in the 1943 film “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” where two German officers enter the British Embassy in Berlin (circa 1901) and ask the receptionist, in German, if he speaks German. The receptionist replies, in German “Yes, of course.” It was reported a few years ago that only two of the forty odd staff at the British Embassy in Kabul could speak Dari of Pashto. Thanks comrades.

  80. 80
    Field marshall Merkel of the fourth reich says:

    Wonder who grass-ed him up ?

  81. 81
    ÁC1 says:

    The NHS is run for the benefit of the staff, not for the patients. That’s why they want to keep it. Not having customers makes it much easier to hide failure.

  82. 82
    Sparkler says:

    I have just had to take another one of my Beta-Blocker blood pressure tablets after reading the news that a dead snake gets a CT scan and a £10,000 pound makeover.

  83. 83
    Chris Mayers Parliamentry aids says:

    Two timing bitch !
    he usually stuffs me with his snake

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Oh for heavens sake get a life. This is a non story of epic proportions and shouldn’t even be given the Internet space.

  85. 85
    Gin dribbler says:

    Did Hague consult his proctologist before hand as to the snakes suitability ?

  86. 86
    A request to righties says:

    If Obama wins next week, I do hope you righties don’t revert to form and have him killed. You tend to do that kind of thing when your side don’t get in.

  87. 87
    Expat Geordie says:

    Sorry, just seen your comment. Should have looked first before posting at (currently) 77.

  88. 88
    NHS Liverpool Care Pathway says:

    To be honest it’s probably best and a greater kindness, to let the sick die.

  89. 89
    Expat Geordie says:

    Sounds like Labour, full stop. Only they never had a “golden age” – they’ve always been nasty, vicious bastards.

  90. 90
    stevetierneyuk says:

    I don’t think I have any problem with this. Clearly its a historic item and we are a country with a rich and interesting history. It was in no individual’s benefit to re-stuff the snake – so as long as it doesn’t turn out that somebody’s cousin happens to be a snake-stuffer, or whatever, this is fine by me. It needed doing and if it hadn’t been done we’d have thrown away an interesting and unique bit of our heritage. Snake or no snake.

  91. 91
    himindoors says:

    Hague’s gonna get it in the asp for this one!

  92. 92
    Col Nut says:

    Shows what a tosser is Miliband . He must have taken his cue from Hitler’s Germany.

  93. 93
    Captain Derp says:

    Well, this is unbelievable. And, by unbelievable, I mean entirely predictable. When in Rome.

  94. 94
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Three former Penn State administrators were charged on Thursday with conspiring to cover up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    Although THEY have prison overcrowding …..60 years!

    Now this is one Americanism we could import.

  95. 95
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    ?

    Murder & violence are the domain of the left – Oswald shot kennedy on the orders of KGB Stalinists.

    Personally, I like the way Obama is changing the rules of engagement with the West’s enemies.

    Even Great Britain is now increasing its drone squadrons for remote engagement with enemies of our gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    I know this policy of remote engagement is working because I heard a loud a lefties bleating about it on BBC Radio 4 this week, & using taxpayer money to fight the policy through the courts.

    But President Obama thinks it is the right thing to do, so that should be enough for you fellow travellers.

    Have a nice day.

  96. 96
    bergen says:

    One of the very few positive things to be said about Ed is that he was preferable from his vile, self-obsessed, self-entitled prat of a brother who was just about the worst Foreign Secretary since the 30’s.Remember the pig’s arse of a trip the clown made to India? Offended everyone.

  97. 97
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Only a transferred cost from museum.

  98. 98
    Enemy of the State says:

    Perfect for the nest of snakes in the Foreign Offhissssssss

  99. 99
    Col Nut says:

    If it was really Vaz there’d be snake oil dripping down.

  100. 100
    Expat Geordie says:

    Dari OR Pashto.

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  102. 102
    Red Dawn says:

    British history has to be destroyed comrade. Only then will the British grasp their new identity as citizens of the EUSSR.

  103. 103
    A request to righties says:

    Sandra – do you give good head?

  104. 104
    Steve Miliband says:

    Fangs for that

  105. 105
    Sparkler says:

    Bollocks, it’s just a dead snake.

  106. 106
    AveubenBorisised? says:

    What’s the fuss about?
    If it’s OK with Baldy……its tickety boo with me.

    You owe me Baldy.

  107. 107
    Expat Geordie says:

    Personally I think that it more use to take the bastards alive and then squeeze them for every last drop of information than to kill them and risk collateral damage. It worked in Iraq, but of course O’Bummer doesn’t like the idea of boots on the ground.

  108. 108
    Enemy of the State says:

    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6785.htm Too bad Obama didn’t respond to the help request on the 9th in Benghazi – where were the drones and why was a General arrested for trying to save the staff? Readalllboudit

  109. 109
    Ian E says:

    Who mentioned a snake-in-the-ass?

  110. 110
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    I’ve had it with these mother-fucking snakes in this mother-fucking Foreign Office!!

  111. 111
    Really? says:

    50% of m*sl*m men and 75% of ditto women, have NEVER worked and live entirely on benefits. Now pay your taxes and smile as you do serfs.

  112. 112
    slithering... says:

    its a bloody good way of exhibiting peter mandelson…

  113. 113
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    “How about I give you a 20-ft anaconda?”, said the Bishop to the Secretary.
    No word on whether he had also offered it to the actress the same way.

  114. 114
    It's only someone elses money says:

    This will viper the smile off his face

  115. 115
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Jerry Sandusky is being placed in a maximum-security facility under what amounts to “death row” conditions, because, due to his age, and as a convicted child molester and “celebrity” convict, he may be targeted for stabbing by other inmates.
    Not to mention by every degenerate gambler in the place, convicts and some warders, who ever lost a bundle on a Penn State game.

  116. 116
    Sue d'Nymme says:

    I know – ten grand just to talk about it . . .

  117. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Why are they selling Ted Heath’s house?

  118. 118
    Rupert my Hero says:

    OK, so how much to Stuff and Mount The Wuss, then suspend him from the ceiling. or Mount then Stuff, or just Stuff ( Lowest Cost ), we leave the Suspension from the Wooden Beams, to you imagination.

  119. 119
    Anglicanus Ortus says:

    Repairing the building’s historical artefacts held in trust for the nation? Ridiculous! Next thing you know, they’ll be fixing broken windows and putting the heating on when the temperature outside is still above zero!

  120. 120
    Ffion says:

    I can assure you that William’s snake is much sorter than reported.

  121. 121
    Anonymous says:

    fuck off you twat this blog is epic.

  122. 122
    BoaTie of the BoaTongs says:

    Hague should be shot, with a boa and arrow

  123. 123
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Having taken a special interest in our William’s parliamentary expenses over the last few years this little story hardly surprises me .

  124. 124
    J Savile, Pederast and Corpse says:

    Nowt to do wi me

  125. 125
    Robert the Biker says:

    I’ll be sure to come round next time you feel a bit poorly and see how you feel then Nurse.

  126. 126
    Crooks Run the Show says:

    It’s only a tiddler you should have seen the one that got away. It’s still trying to get back as the EU Emperor Blair the Great Snake.

  127. 127
    Anonymous says:

    One of his aides did if i remember the headline correctly

  128. 128
    Ivor Biggan says:

    Let them eat snake – you always hear what you want to see.

  129. 129
    BoaTie of the BoaTongs says:

    There is a part in “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” where a German officer says:

    “You know that, after the war, we had very bad years in Germany. We got poorer and poorer. Every day retired officers or schoolteachers were caught shoplifting. Money lost its value, the price of everything rose except of human beings. We read in the newspapers that the after-war years were bad everywhere, that crime was increasing and that honest citizens were having a hard job to put the gangsters in jail. Well in Germany, the gangsters finally succeeded in putting the honest citizens in jail”

    Sounds like those struggling due to EU imposed austerity and protesting in Spain right now!

  130. 130
    fatbob says:

    How many libraries have closed in the last two years, ? So afew posh books for posh boys counts forfuck all up here,we burn our books to heat our gruel.

  131. 131
    Anonymous says:

    Having wasted all that taxpayer money shouldn’t it be presented to someone in Brussels/

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    austerity…what austerity.
    Global personal which run 6,000 dating websites admits to setting up fake profiles in order to lure the emotionally needy, to part with their hard earned roubles.

    the same emotionally needy who at young age fell prey to Jimmy saville.
    why be emotionally needy?

  133. 133
    Expat Geordie says:

    Thank you, I remember that bit well. I am surprised that the film was made at all, and am not surprised that Churchill tried to ban it, especially since we were at war at the time. It was a very pro-German film, but pro the German people, and pro German civilisation, as opposed to Nazi civilisation.

    I’m particularly struck by the section in 1919 where Theo, the officer that you quoted, is invited to dinner by Clive before he is repatriated and a large number of the dinner guests tell him the same thing – we want to be friends, we want to TRADE with Germany, and if we trade with each other it will be good for both of us.

  134. 134
    Expat Geordie says:

    I name that tune in one.

    Go Wild in the Country – Bow Wow Wow.

  135. 135
    Greg Dyke says:

    Jimmy Savile was hideously white.

  136. 136
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Venom I going to see Hague apologise for this extravangance?

  137. 137
    Alan Yentob says:

    And not a Kike

  138. 138
    yakima canutt says:

    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUuugghhhhhh
    on so many levels.
    from the FOI twat who probably took most of the morning to write the reply,
    to an FCO who only want to live in the past.

    so don’t be surprised when Venezuela or wherever does an Elgin Marbles claim on squidgy Albert.

    Great sleuthing Guido, once the system exposes itself as perpetually ridiculous, it falls. The more of these snippets, the merrier.

  139. 139
  140. 140
    Anna Conda says:

    Jesus fucking wept.
    Is there no end to incompetent buffoons wasting our tax pounds?

  141. 141
    Tom Catesby says:

    £10K! What do those *ucking snakes at the F.O. think they are throwing our money at, another example of the whitehall village not living in the real world.

  142. 142
    The Impartial observer says:

    Shame no one swapped it for Mandelson at birth. Wouldn’t have been noticed. One reptile looks very much like another.

  143. 143
    Grimy Miner says:

    Please take your refund, stuff it where the sun don’t shine, and fuck off.

  144. 144
    Grimy Miner says:

    £10k to stuff a snake?
    How fucking much do broomshanks cost in London?

  145. 145
    Grimy Miner says:

    and what’s it stuffed with, £10 notes?

  146. 146
    Dr Gordon Brown MP says:

    I’m a one-eyed snake, wibble.

  147. 147
    Anonymous says:

    The Foreign Office have a mousecatcher and clock winder on their staff! (excuse the pun but I’m not winding you up either)

  148. 148
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Arthur George Bottomley, Baron Bottomley, OBE, PC Wilson’s Foreign Secretary – arrived in The Gambia saying how pleased was he to be in Zambia

  149. 149
    Chris Myers says:

    I can confirm that William’s trouser snake is indeed a big one.

  150. 150
    It's as dead as a parrot says:

    I reckon 3 bags of polystyrene beans about £1 wholesale should be enough to stuff a 20ft snake.

    And what was the point of paying for private healthcare to give it a CT Scan? The fucking thing is dead for fucks sake.

  151. 151
    nellnewman says:

    There are bigger snakes called georgerobertson, bliar and gordonbrown . bliar of course put out a DNotice to protect them from allegations regarding children . Why was that?

  152. 152
    nellnewman says:

    Well I’ll admit that’s a bit offensive given that YoungNells is really poorly with a possible tummy growth. Her NHS consultant has ordered an urgent scan and it has taken us more than 10 days to get one. She’ll have it tomorrow and we expect it will take at least 14 days for the result to reach her consultant before he can decide what to do .

    Obviously snakes are more important than children!

  153. 153
    nellnewman says:

    Err No!! savile was just Hideous!!

  154. 154
    Susie says:

    Why? They’re funny.

  155. 155
    Susie says:

    +3 1/2

  156. 156
    Derek & Clive says:

    I adder that Hague in the back of my cab once…

  157. 157
    Susie says:

    Only if he’s rattled.

  158. 158
    Anonymous says:

    No doubt the FCO will use a foreign contractor to restuff the Snake.
    Perhaps they could sponsor an Anaconda at Regents Park Zoo and then use that as an incentive to further reduce departmental Costs?

  159. 159
    Keith Sisman says:

    Common sense says it should have been put in storage until the austerity measures are lifted. Then, does common sense work with politicians?

  160. 160
    bergen says:

    I think he was Commonwealth Secretary-a long forgotten post.

  161. 161
    Anonymous says:

    I could have done it through some contacts for £500

  162. 162
    Andrew says:

    Guido, there are times and this is one of them when you sound like a cross between Ken Livingstone and Caroline Lucas – a wet-blanket, a miserabllist, a fun-hater, a killjoy.

    Lighten up.

  163. 163

    Am enjoying myself immensely.

  164. 164
    czwienk says:

    what a suprise of costs. But aren’t Alberts costs effortable? Please imagine restaurations of elephants or crocodiles?

  165. 165
    Fiona Hague says:

    Iv not see his trouser ‘snake’ for years.

  166. 166

    I fail to see how Albert can be considered an asset, when it’s been hidden from the public for 120 years?

    For a government that considers the old and sick, ‘useless eaters’ (New World Order speak) and pleads poverty, while paying bungs of millions of pounds abroad, and to the EU, austerity only applies to us, Plebs.

  167. 167
    Ehtch says:

    Bury it. I would come to a funeral for an old snake! : )

  168. 168
    Bill says:

    Stuffing the snake-beating labour.

  169. 169
    Andrew says:

    I don’t like this government and I dislike it only marginally less than the bunch befreo.

    But where did any Minister in either of them describe the old and sick as “useless eaters”?

  170. 170
    Anthony Spencer says:

    I support the expenditure on this. Snake. It is a valuable piece of history which should be preserved for the nation

  171. 171
    Pinstriped Chancer says:

    Leave the snake alone. Unbelievably the FCO employ more staff now than at the very height of Empire.

  172. 172

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