Admiralty Arch sold for £60m - government ought to be able to waste that in a week

Discussion in 'The NAAFI Bar' started by Fireplace, Oct 25, 2012.

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  1. Ah, the tried and trued government money raising exercise of selling off the family jewels. The Australian Federal (& state) government/s have cottoned onto that years ago and selling off defence land (ie prime positions), buildings et al. All in the name of re-election.

    Thick end of the wedge I tells ya!
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  2. Sacrilege! Wonder how long till Horseguards, Whitehall and other places are sold?
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  3. What's the latest on the Australian government leasing all or part of a national park to the US Navy so they can contaminate it to the same extent as Subic Bay PI? Then, when we buggered off, we left all the nasty stuff behind which has caused cancer and birth defects rates to skyrocket and marine life to morph into something you wouldn't feed your cat.

    Good neighbours. That's Sam!

    Here's a thought: privatize the Royal Mint or at very least The Bullion Room. Put Gordy McBroon in charge. I understand he knows a thing or two about gold.
  4. People should be "up-in-arms" about this sort of stuff, but even if they were, nothing would change, the government steam-rolls everything through, with no care, no matter if its the Tories, Labour or the Lib-dems. And politicians wonder why no one gives a shit about them?!
    Was nice to see Osbourne being picked up for sitting in first class with a standard ticket on the train the other day. Just wish there was some lucky matelot/bootie/crab/pongo in kit near by who'd be given a free upgrade to laugh at him!
  5. Ever since John Prescott shagged his tart there it's been sullied. Wonder if they will have a greggs in his honour in the lobby.

    It's just another part of the "disneyfication" of the UK.
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  6. Well, it'll be a nice view for whoever buys it. That'll be either a gazillionaire Russian arms/drugs/gas baron, or some random 'prince' from Dustville. Horseguards will be next.
  7. A bit noisy for a hotel surely?
  8. Strictly speaking it hasn't been sold, just rented out for 125 years.
  9. They've already spent it, they're spending in advance. Next up: McDonalds and Coco Cola are sponsoring Rememberer Day.
  10. With nice views straight down the Mall - arguably the UK's most important parade route for all big occasions where you would expect to see the great & good, high & mighty.

    A security nightmare in the making, perhaps.
  11. You mean some Spanish bloke that leased it
  12. CountryGal

    CountryGal LE Book Reviewer

    Let's hope DC got him to pay all of it up front!
  13. He treated him to a two week break in the sun
  14. As long as the new hotel refuses bookings from anyone called "Jackal", I don't see what could possibly go wrong.