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Dumb Animals

by | 20th, April 2006

‘WAYNE went with thirty mates in matching T-shirts, novelty hats and hoola skirts to Slovakia and all he got was blind drunk, sick and lost.

The Ambassador always threw the best parties

Fortunately for Wayne, the British government operate an office in Bratislava and Ambassador Judith Macgregor and her able staff will be able to help Wayne locate his hotel and, if necessary, a bucket.

There is a fee for this service of £84.50 an hour, but it is rarely if ever charged. Ms Macgregor, Ambassador Linda Duffield in Prague and other Foreign and Commonwealth Office consulate staff at large often provide their services gratis, happy just to see wayward drunks like Wayne go. As the Mail reports, of 84,000 assistance cases last year only 323 incurred a charge.

But things must change. The Commons Public Accounts Committee says Britons who cannot handle themselves when overseas should be made to pay for their care and named and shamed.

Committee chairman Edward Leigh MP says British tourists carousing abroad have become a nuisance. “Where our nationals have landed themselves in trouble for their irresponsibility, the FCO should not hesitate to charge for it services.”

And it is not as if Britons on stag and hen parties don’t have money. The paper says that online bank Egg calculates we spent £430million on such trips last year – that’s £551 per person.

It is time for Wayne to pay – so long as the taxi driver, barman and lap dancer haven’t already taken all his money…’

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