Official figures have revealed that Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister has spent nearly £5000 of taxpayers money during his visits to London. He has been riding around in chauffeur-driven limousines, being ferried like royalty at the expense of the average Joe.
Scottish Government data revealed that £5513 was spent on limos in just six visits to London, averaging out at around £920 for each trip. Officials have not specified what the visits were regarding yet a few coincided with some prominent social events of last year, including both the Olympics and the Wimbledon final.
Last month showed how the Scottish National Party used their funds, revealing that the party’s administration spends around £1 million each year on official Government Car Service, used to travel ministers to 10,000 different engagements each year.
A spokesman for the Government says the amount is rationalised, ‘it makes appropriate arrangements for the First Minister’s travel when he is undertaking official Scottish Government business in London and that has required paying either the Government Car Service or a private hire company’
This is not the first time that Alex Salmond has been in the limelight, criticised for the way in which he travels. Back in 2009 he travelled just 150 yards in a chauffeur-driven car to meet the Queen, this was again footed by the taxpayer. The very next day the Queen made the same journey on foot. This really puts into context just how much people like to travel in style!