Should the prime minister live in a big, expensive house, or just go to an office in the morning?

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In 2011, David Cameron spent £680,000 refurbishing 10 dowing street, almost all of the money being from taxpayer's money. This brings the question to whether 10 downing street is a luxury house, or if it is just an office. We know that Winston Churchill enjoyed painting in the huge garden at the back (definitely not neccesary for an office) so to him, this was clearly a luxury. Also, the prime minister is meant to represent the country, and someone living in a massive, expensive house does not give a very good representation of the country, as many people in england are very poor. Therefore, I think that the prime minister should go to work just like us and live in a normal house.

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  • Moreland logo smart_nation | Moreland Primary School
    25 Jan 2020

    In my opinion he should earn to live in such a great house. Once he has proved to a London that he is worthy ,I personally think that he deserves that house. It also depends if he is a good prime minister. To be honest if all the other prime ministers lived in that house, I think it's fair to say that he should live there.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      smart_nation's comment 27 Jan 2020

      A very interesting suggestion, smart_nation! How would the Prime Minister prove they are worthy?

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    25 Jan 2020

    I agree, @independent_elderberry.
    Politicians do spend lots of money on things that make a luxury. That could be spent on other things. Normal working-class citizens cannot change the layout of their place of work, so why should politicians be able to? I also believe that politician’s pay check is too high for what they do. They are being paid to display their opinion. I believe that they have too many privileges for themselves.

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  • Preston Manor School logical_statement | Preston Manor School
    29 Jan 2020

    I agree with independent_elderberry because some PM's speak about solving poverty in London and the whole of the UK, but to see them spending a large amount of money by themselves does not represent them in positive way as independent_elderberry said. For example, to buy a sleeping bag here it roughly costs £10. If you compare the amount of money David Cameron spent on refurbishing 10 Downing Street, he could've bought 68000 sleeping bags for the homeless and the people who are poor. The point I want to make here is that he could've spent all this money (£680000) more wisely and helped the country.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg methodical_ocean | Upton Cross Primary School
    30 Jan 2020

    They should deserve to live somewhere nice because being leader is hard work so they should get at least get some compensation however what David Cameron did was truly unbelievable if he used his own money it would've been fine but that money could have been saving Australian bushfires,donated to national services but he obviously was being reckless and not thinking.
    Yours truly methodical_ocean

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