Model of the US Embassy with 30m moat
The national deficit is skyrocketing, Americans are out of work and everyone is tightening their financial belts. Well, not exactly everyone. The Obama White House is planning a $1 billion new embassy in London. The most expensive embassy ever built will come complete with it's own moat. Yes, you read that right. The new embassy will have a moat. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
A moat 30 metres (100ft) wide and rolling parkland will separate the building from the main road, protecting it from would-be bombers and removing the need for the blast barriers that so dismayed the people of Mayfair.
Oh, this doesn't include the 17.5 per cent VAT the British are demanding.
It also does not include the 17.5 per cent VAT demanded by the Treasury on all buildings in Britain and which the US has refused to pay.
It is close to gay clubs. So, the embassy staff will have plenty of recreational opportunities.