(Or, You Couldn’t Make It Up: Part 67)
It appears that there is a growing consensus amongst Romania’s MPs (who yesterday generously voted for a whopping zero per cent increase in the basic state pension) to move out of their current home: Casa Poporului, allegedly the second largest building in the world.
The MPs appear to be casting longing glances towards the new National Library further along Bulevardul Unirii, a building started in 1989, but left to rot for 20 years: it is only now being finished. It currently looks like this:
but will soon be the most modern public building in the city. No wonder they fancy a bit of it.
If the MPs do move out of Casa Poporului, the question of course is what should be done with that ghastly building?
One MP, Silviu Prigoana (a man who made a fortune collecting rubbish) has suggested it be turned into a shopping mall. Other suggestions have been cultural centre (it already houses, alongside parliament, the Romanian Museum of Contemporary Art), and for storage of Elena Udrea’s shoes. (OK, we made that last one up).
What say all of you?
Knock it down and start again?