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Yet more fun with ministerial tastes in art

This time the Home Office:

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in her Department has selected for display in a private office.

Jacqui Smith does not have anything especially mockable, which irks somewhat.

However, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime Reduction - the deeply obscure Alan Campbell - looks like another candidate for defection as he has not just one, not just two, but three portraits of Tories gracing his walls - Canning, Castlereagh and Peel. Odd choices given his portfolio, as Canning, one might note, fought a duel with Castlereagh and Castlereagh as a suicide was lucky not to be buried at a crossroads with a stake through his heart, which was the punishment at the time. I believe Peel was pretty law abiding, however.

The oily Phil Woolas, Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, would appear to be making something of a statement with his taste in art. He has works entitled 'Apse of Notre Dame', 'Chartres East', 'Chartres West', 'Interior, Poitiers' and 'Beauvais' hanging on his walls. Which country's borders are you minding Phil?

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