Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, spent almost £7,000 of taxpayers’ money on business class flights around the world while the Crown Prosecution Service headed towards crisis over Greville Janner and doomed trials of journalists.
Ms Saunders, who is paid £200,000 a year, flew business class to New York, Washington, Dubai and the Caribbean, and also jetted to Madrid, Rome and The Hague for publicly-funded trips while the CPS spent a year contemplating whether to prosecute Lord Janner.
Her expenses, which totalled £13,000 for a 12-month period, included £1,040 spent on taxis, with a single taxi ride that cost £102. Her trip to the Caribbean for an “official meeting” last September cost the taxpayer £3,105 for business class flights and hotels.
6 or 7% of salary as expenses? Seems pretty cheap really. and whether she actually needed to go to an “official meeting” in the Caribbean is unknown. But if you’re going to shift some 50 year old (don’t know, rough guess) transatlantic then you’d better cough up for business class if you want them to be able to do anything when they get there or back. Fine to stick ’em cattle class on Ryanair for a couple of hours around Europe, but not for 6 or 7 in the air each way.