Sunday, November 02, 2008

Tea leaves in the Commons

At the end of last week, the House of Commons Commission was asked, for the third time this year, what had been reported stolen in Palace of Westminster in the last year. In response to Grant Shapps, Nick Harvey referred him to previous answers in February and one two weeks ago on the 13th October.

It was the closing sentence that caught my eye though, which said, "[s]ince then it has been reported that 10 chairs were stolen from Portcullis House". Now, back in 2007 Nick Harvey told the House that the replacement chairs in the cafe alone in Portcullis House cost £57,800, so they're pretty pricey.

Here's what confuses me though, how does one go about stealing ten chairs from a building that has Police officers on every exit? If you did one a day for ten days then someone going to get a bit suspicious surely? Maybe the security is just crap and only looks good?

5 comments:

Alan Douglas said...

Probably in PC mode turned each one into a "person", then they just walked out.

Alan Douglas

Tom FD said...

Chuck them into the Thames, wait for them to bob along under the Westminster Bridge, and fish them out with a big net.

Kafka said...

Physical security of objects is even more crap than IT security with Government.

My father, a Navy regular, was based in Portsmouth for some time, and was always amazed at what was known to have left HM Dockyard, even though no-one ever knew how. Telegraph poles, coal, submarine hatches -- beyond belief. Chairs are small potatoes by comparison.

G Eagle Esq said...

".... Chairs are small potatoes by comparison"

But surely not if costing £5,700 each

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone's doing a Grandad Trotter and taking 'em out bit-by-bit...