The stand was two-thirds empty for yesterday’s parade, despite claims by the Battle of Flowers Association that the event was a sell-out – and Economic Development Minister Philip Ozouf has taken steps to avoid an embarrassing repeat tonight.
The association claim that the rows and rows of empty seats were caused by corporate guests failing to turn up.
But the Senator’s decision to invite politicians to fill the spaces could backfire, and one of his States colleagues has already turned down the offer because he can imagine what the public reaction might be.
In his e-mail response to Senator Ozouf’s invitation, Senator Len Norman says: ‘Many thanks, but I will pay my own way.
I am not sure it is appropriate to accept freebies when the rest of the population are expected to pay to see the show.
‘Perhaps it would be more appropriate if the spare seats were offered to a worthy cause, youth clubs, perhaps.
I hope you feel the taxpayers’ money spent on bringing over “”celebrities”” was well spent!!’