Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Thursday, 21 May 2009

The £1,645 Floating Duck House

No reason for this really - I just loved the picture, and the idea that Sir Peter also submitted a £213.95 electrician’s bill including fixing lights on a “fountain” . He must really love those ducks!.
Admittedly the fees office scribbled 'not allowable' on the receipt for the duck house, but the fact that it is based on an 18th-century building in Sweden (and made by a firm specialising in bird pavilions) surely makes his claim one of the finest Marie Antoinette moments of the entire scandal so far.


  1. I love ducks, I brought up my young ones to love them. We have eaten hundreds of them. And a few geese, turkeys, and enough chickens to fill several cathedrals. Is Sir Peter a veggie chappie? They grow a lot of watercress around his parts, perhaps too much of it has affected his powers of judgement.

  2. I suppose he could be nurturing the ducks for his own table, or at least for a regular supply of eggs.

    If so, it shows an admirable commitment to animal welfare, although at £1645 for the house (and £213.95 for their nocturnal illuminations), the end product would be fairly costly even by the standards of an MP.

  3. "...made by a firm specialising in bird pavilions..."

    Maybe we aren't in recession after all?

  4. Maybe we aren't in recession after all?Things could change now they're clamping down on MPs expenses...

    The future must be looking pretty bleak for all those manufacturers of luxury goods out there.