Regular readers may remember Eric Pickles’ trip to India — at which the local government secretary ate six curries in one session. While the taxpayers’ bill for the jaunt was initially reported as £4,000, a parliamentary question has forced DCLG to disclose the full cost of the trip — nearly £8,000 including support costs.

That menu again:

  • Saag Gosht
  • Chicken Tikka Butter Masala
  • Chingri Malaikari
  • vegetarian Kadhi Pakodi
  • Malabar Fish Curry
  • Chicken Chettinad

Attempting to justify the visit, DCLG minister Brandon Lewis cited a David Cameron speech on Indo-British business links:

“I want to take the relationship between India and Britain to the next level. I want to make it stronger, wider and deeper.”

A bit like Pickles’ jacket measurements then.

  1. As we say in Scotland “Ah could fair go a curry’ after reading that snippet.

    Gourmand or glutton? I would say the latter in the case of Herr Pickles.

  2. Bit of luck he told Local Councils to cut down on biscuits while his own Department’s Biscuit Bill increased to a new high!!!

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