In a decadent setting that could not depict the opposite of austerity more flippantly, David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Leader of the Conservative Party delivered a speech about permanent austerity at a banquet attended by super-wealthy supporters last night in London.
While the photograph taken from the “Austerity Ball" banquet is worth 1,000 words, the value of the six objects shown in it are probably at mid-six figures or more. A huge gold throne, a gold speech stand, an anchor-size gold necklace and a pendant with a stone the size of an avocado pit, a golden horse with a rider, fine china wine glasses and chalices, and the guests dapperly attired in formalwear is enough to soften up the stiffest upper lip in the world. Could this be any more ironic?
Perhaps Mr. Cameron should have stressed that his "austerity for all" initiative begins tomorrow, after this disgustingly expensive dinner party! Nice job, Business Insider and the Huffington Post for bringing this story to our attention.
....Speaking at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in the City of London, he said the best way to keep the cost of living down was to take "difficult decisions on public spending" to leave "a state we can afford."