Parts of our governmental pleasuredome are in such a poor state of repair that the stonework can be crumbled to pieces by hand, with some suggesting £3bn of repair work is needed to stop Parliament caving in and crushing the gravy-trainers inside. Heaven forbid.
According to BBC Newsnight reporters, the current repair estimate of £1.6bn is out of date and likely to be doubled, what with the repairs not yet underway and unlikely to start until 2021 -- when even more original bits will have fallen off and been mulched underfoot.
Richard Ware, director of the restoration project, said: "We're moving backwards. The building is getting older, faster than we can deal with it. The building is on borrowed time and, if we don't act soon, we won't have a choice." [BBC]