Wirral Council debates the definition of a luxury hotel room
Scene from Rising Damp TV series
Debate continues to rage to this day about how relative poverty should be defined after Adam Smith used his famous Linen shirt quote*.
And it looks like councillors on the Wirral are set to continue debating the definition of a luxury hotel for some time.
Today's page 11 story in the Daily Post is likely to tickle a few readers after two councillors refused to go to a conference in London after being booked into a hotel with shared toilets and bathrooms.
Cllr Sue Taylor, who refused to attend, said the details on the hotel's website reminded her of the TV show Rising Damp.
Cabinet member Cllr Chris Blakeley has stepped into the row and said: "Having a bathroom and toilet in their room is not a luxury."
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*The Adam Smith quote from The Wealth of Nations:
"By necessaries I understand not only the commodities which are indispensably necessary for the support of life, but what ever the customs of the country renders it indecent for creditable people, even the lowest order, to be without. A linen shirt, for example, is, strictly speaking, not a necessary of life. The Greeks and Romans lived, I suppose, very comfortably, though they had no linen. But in the present times, through the greater part of Europe, a creditable day-labourer would be ashamed to appear in public without a linen shirt, the want of which would be supposed to denote that disgraceful degree of poverty which, it is presumed, nobody can well fall into, without extreme bad conduct. Custom, in the same manner, has rendered leather shoes a necessary of life in England. The poorest creditable person of either sex would be ashamed to appear in public without them. ... Under necessaries, therefore, I comprehend, not only those things which nature, but those things which the established rules of decency have rendered necessary to the lowest rank of people."