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One room, nine politicians, Britain's future on the table

Publié par Clifford Armion le 15/10/2010

Andrew Grice

"The hand of history could hardly be heavier as the Coalition Government's "Star Chamber" decides where the public spending axe should fall. It meets in a Cabinet Office room with a throne in the corner, last used by George III - the most recent monarch to attend Cabinet meetings.

"Attending his first meeting of the Chamber last month, Eric Pickles, the burly Communities Secretary, jokingly asked to see where the "instruments of torture" were kept. Remarkably, they have not been needed yet. But there's still time.

"Fittingly, the room also houses the Treasury Board's table, on which the exchequer rolls used to be laid in the days when the nation's budgets were totted up. Around a square table sit the Star Chamber's nine ministers, who must make the cuts add up to £83bn. George Osborne, the Chancellor, will announce their conclusions in his comprehensive spending review (CSR) next Wednesday."

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"One room, nine politicians, Britain's future on the table", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2010. Consulté le 15/06/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/one-room-nine-politicians-britain-s-future-on-the-table