Officials at the House of Commons have been defending the quarter-million pound spent in MP's portraits over the last twenty years claiming 'the cost is good value for money seeing as the most of the MPs have two faces that need painting'.
'Take Tony Blair for example,' said a statement from the commons committee responsible for commissioning the art. 'The painter had to be paid twice for painting his New Labour face and his Republican war-mongering one on the same canvass.'
'And the artist that painted Diane Abbot had a very hard job during the sitting,' the statement continued. 'He had to capture both the woman who is critical of frivolous Government spending and the one letting the public pay for a vanity project.'
Nick Clegg has said he is 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.