FORMER Chief Minister Peter Caruana spent £100,000 of taxpayers money on two paintings for his office, according to reports.
The excesses of the former regime also allegedly include buying chandeliers for both Caruana’s office and the corridors of the Governor’s residence.
The prints of Gibraltar – costing £55,000 and £45,000 respectively – have now been handed to the Gibraltar Museum for public display.
The revelation was followed by a lively debate in parliament that saw the former Chief Minister clash with current leader Fabian Picardo over the issue of transparency.
Caruana claimed that Picardo’s commitment to the idea was ‘paper thin’ and nothing more than ‘froth and a political mantra to sound good.’
But the Chief Minister hit back, stating that the only thing that was paper thin was ‘the veneer to Mr Caruana’s sour grapes’.
Picardo also condemned the leader of the opposition for heaping unfair criticism on the government, which has been in power for just nine weeks.