Guido loves this idea from the Taxpayers’ Alliance on how to solve the problem of MPs’ second homes: house them in the Olympic Village after the Olympics.
There will be a legacy of 3,000 homes after the Olympics, so it would require no new capital. The project has been nationalised already since it failed to attract outside capital, the 572 MPs outside London could be housed there at no extra cost.
As they point out, since the Olympics forms a major terrorist target the Olympic Village will already have been built with security in mind. Housing MPs in a single location will make it easier to arrange a variety of services.
It is also constructed in an ecologically sound fashion and provides a low carbon emissions means of transport connection to Westminster via the Jubilee line tube network that would take only 25 minutes. If it is good enough for Olympians, it is surely good enough for our humble public servants…