As Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling fights for his political career, housewares have been revealed as playing a pivotal role in his possible downfall.
Latest allegations in The Daily Telegraph concerning MPs’ expenses show that in 2005 he bought a flat for £226,000 and, using his second home allowance, then spent almost £5,000 buying items including kitchenware, tea towels and an oven mitt. He also claimed 75p for a carrier bag – presumably to take his purchases home in.
Says HousewaresLive.net editor Jane Oliphant: “Alistair Darling may be guilty of errors of judgment when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money, but anyone who uses the cash to buy kitchenware can’t be all bad. And, after all, he may have lots more time to enjoy his purchases in future.”