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.