Parliament in decay: MPs endure flooding, rats and broken toilets

When Queen Elizabeth died last year, visitors queued for hours to make their way through Westminster Hall to see the monarch lying in state and soak up the atmosphere.

Parliamentary cleaners were left soaking up something very different, as the antiquated plumbing which snakes around the Palace of Westminster buckled under the pressure, providing yet another example of the crumbling mess at the heart of Britain’s democracy.

Levelling up is so 2019... Rishi Sunak’s Tories are now gauging up

It was once seen as the panacea to almost all of Britain’s ills. Levelling up would solve racial inequality, antisemitism, and boost disability rights, according to officials, as well as fulfilling its initial aim of fixing regional disparities.

But now Boris Johnson’s flagship policy — which helped him to win the 2019 election — has been the victim of a “mercy killing” akin to that of its biggest backer.
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