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  • Sunday, May 29, 2005

    Secret plans to improve Downing Street

    According to this article, from the Sydney Morning Herald, when Bush came to visit Britain in November 2003, he complained so much apparently that plans were drawn up to improve Downing Street, at a cost of £30 million. It would be far cheaper just to tell the rogue regime in Washington to get stuffed:

    Downing Street is not safe from a terrorist attack, prone to "sewage smells" and is an entirely unsuitable venue for the British Prime Minister to receive world leaders, according to a secret Whitehall report drawn up after complaints from President George Bush.
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    At 5/31/2005 01:28:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sunday Telegraph had an article; updating No 10, 11 and 12, basically security is bad to impossible, facilities are dated and inadequate, in short a long overdue modernisation is required.

    "The most sensitive section of the report sets out Whitehall officials' concerns at problems with the arrangements. Offices at Number 10 are said to be "overcrowded," the lighting "poor" and air-conditioning "non-existent".

    There are no conference facilities, while the dining room acts as a state reception area, a press conference suite and a meeting room, sometimes "all on the same day." According to the proposals "sewage smells" - presumably the result of poor drainage - regularly fill the basements of Number 10 and 11 and occasionally affect "the Prime Minister's flat".

    The security service is said to have warned that areas of Number 10 are currently "unsafe for people to work in" - even though staff are stationed there. It is understood that offices near windows are considered vulnerable to a mortar attack, similar to the one carried out by the IRA in 1991.

    The report reveals that the Metropolitan Police are so concerned at the risk that officers who protect Downing Street have been told not to go into some parts of Number 10."

     
    At 5/31/2005 02:18:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    Somewhere, buried in a box in Canada, I have a photo of myself standing in front of the door at No. 10 with a could of bobbies. Those were the days.

    In the U.S., it used to be that anyone could come off the street and greet the President personally at New Year's.

    Both figures are too hated even within their own countries to do this sort of thing now.

     

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