MPs portraits so expensive ‘because they need to capture both faces’

Officials at the Commons have defended the £250,000 spent on MPs’ portraits over the last twenty years, claiming that this represents good value for money because MPs have at least two faces needing painting, so artists have to be paid double.

‘Tony Blair, for example, had his New Labour face and his mad warmongering one on the same canvas,’ said a spokesman, ‘while the artist who painted Diane Abbot had a particularly hard job capturing the woman who criticises frivolous spending and the one letting the public pay for a vanity project.’

Nick Clegg, however, said he was disappointed that the paintings are costing so much. He has promised that if his portrait is needed for the historical records, he will get the artist to save money by leaving out his spine.

James pluside

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Posted: Jan 15th, 2014 by

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