So, it’s goodbye to all that.MP’s have finally decided that the long-delayed and much needed refurbishment programme for the Palace of Westminster will be best progressed in their absence. And so, from some point about half way through the next decade, parliamentarians will be decanted from the Victorian edifice and meet in an alternative venue.
It’s a triumph of sorts for those who have been demanding such a move for years. You don’t have to spend much time in the place to recognise that it’s a rodent-infested tinderbox, whose essential infrastructure, including plumbing and electrical wiring, belongs firmly in the last century. And not the latter parts of the last century either.