"SCOTTISH Parliament bosses have splashed out thousands of pounds on new red leather armchairs for the MSPs' exclusive restaurant.
They want to create more of a "gentlemen's club atmosphere" in the hope of persuading more Holyrood politicians to use it.
But today the move - part of a £25,000 upgrade agreed by the cross-party Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB)- was branded another example of extravagance by the parliament, guaranteed to fuel public anger.
"Someone should have learned the lesson by now," said one MSP.
A total of 15 chairs and matching sofa, along with eight tables, a rug and four bar stools, have been bought for the bar area of the restaurant at a cost of £15,650.
On top of that, new blinds have been installed at £3850 and new lighting at £2000.
Before the new chairs were ordered, MSPs were given the chance to try out a range of new chairs in different styles, finishes and colours.
Regardless of the merits of this decision to invest over £20,000, do these guys have no sense of how this might appear to the public?