I was going to leap to the defence of Britain’s senior civil servants whose 1,700 items of hospitality last year were made up mostly of breakfasts, dinners and lunches.
Are events such as “gas industry awards lunch” really proof that mandarins are living the high life? Of course not. (Although yes, there were a handful of trips to opera/theatre/football/cricket/Proms etc).
And then I saw that Michael White at the Guardian has articulated this line of thought already. Worth reading.