London, Apr.24 (ANI): Since Labour came to power in Britain in 1997, it has spent an astonishing seven million pounds on wine through the Government Hospitality Unit.
According to the Daily Mail, the incredible tab emerged a day after Chancellor of Exchequer Alistair Darling's Budget revealed Government borrowing of 175 billion pounds this year and a national debt of 1.4 trillion pounds within four years. It was also a budget that slapped an extra two per cent on the cost of beer, wine and spirits.
Last night, the excess was labelled as the final insult to recession-hit households dealt by a political elite out of touch with reality.
The figures were unearthed by front bench Conservative MP Grant Shapps. Schapps also found that there is a Whitehall committee charged with picking the finest vintages.
Favourite tipples downed in Whitehall include vintage champagne, wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also has the pick of New World wines from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. (ANI)