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    A little gem

    Cash-strapped government spends 10,000 pounds on a dead snake

    LONDON(Reuters) - Foreign Office spent 10,000 pounds to re-stuff the corpse of a giant 120-year-old snake, at a time when government departments are being told to rein in spending.

    In response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from political blog Guido Fawkes, the Foreign Office said the 20 foot anaconda - called Albert - had been in poor condition and required "essential maintenance".

    "Albert the anaconda was allegedly presented by a Bishop, in what is now Guyana, to the Colonial Secretary in the 19th century", the Foreign Office said.

    The huge reptile hangs in a Foreign Office library and is regarded as a departmental asset in a country whose former empire once ruled over vast swathes of the planet.

    "Austerity, what austerity?", asked the blog in red below the response.

    A spokesman for the Foreign Office recoiled at the suggestion that reviving Albert's looks might not be essential work for a government whose prime minister warned voters just last month to brace for "painful decisions" on the economy.

    "It is quite a bit of money, but he is a very big snake. We will not be constricted, nor will we scale back, in our dedication to preserve this historic national treasure".

    (Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer, editing by Paul Casciato)
    If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.

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    As someone on Absolute Radio today suggested, did they stuff it with 10k of cash?
    Better barbarity than boredom

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    it managed to squeeze some cash out the government good fot it

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    They were taking the p*ss royally with that statement, "We will not be constricted,Nor will we "Scale" back"
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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