The images above depict the moment when culture minister Ed Vaizey – presumably fancying a bit of bling – tries on a £95,000 Bronze Age bracelet only to be scolded by British Museum staff. Assistant treasure registrar Caroline Barton explained to the gaffe-prone MP that he should wear gloves. Vaizey was at the museum to announce 15% cuts to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which manages treasures found by amateurs.
The Elgin Marbles have long been the subject of a lengthy dispute with Greece, with the British Museum having argued the sculptures could only be properly protected in London.
Perhaps County Tyrone will now seek to repatriate the bracelet to protect it from wayward government ministers?