The Sceptic Tank was released from his central London bunker last night and allowed to attend BusinessGreen's inaugural political keynote from Meg Hillier, MP, where the shadow energy and climate change secretary revealed her thinking on all things green.
After spending an hour in Committee Room 6, sitting in what should be known as the News International Seats, the Tank ducked out of the keynote and took a quick spin round our historic seat of government.
Now we are aware the observation that our Parliament is an arcane and outdated institution in urgent need of some serious modernisation is as old as the medieval Westminster Hall itself. But, seriously, we have never seen a workplace in greater need of some recycling bins in our entire lives.
Forget the calls for less ridiculous working hours and the end to the Old Boys network in the lobby – what this place really needs is a green makeover, particularly when our politicos are such mucky pups and seem happy to leave their discarded agendas for the day when they fall.
Now, we understand David Cameron and Ed Miliband are currently busy trying to tidy up a rather different truckload of embarrassing rubbish. But when they do get a moment the Tank would like to suggest their next parliamentary priority should be a cross-party recycling drive, perhaps with forfeits for those members caught leaving their rubbish lying around and brownie points for the member who recycles the most.
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