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The Loch Ness Monster and Dolphins

Since the Freedom of Information Act was passed in 2000, many interesting things have surfaced that would have normally been kept undercover..The DailyDust have uncovered our favourite top ten:-

10. Documents from the mid 1980s showed how Mark Thatcher was paid commission for a Middle East building contract for which his mother, Maggie, had lobbied for.

9. Tony Blair spent just under £2,000 of taxpayers’ money on cosmetics and make-up over six years – not sure if more or less than Cherie.

8. Britain helped Israel to obtain its nuclear bomb 40 years ago, by selling it 20 tonnes of “heavy water”.

7. Police in England and Wales spend £21m a year on interpreters.

6. Robert Maxwell was being investigated for war crimes and was to be interviewed by police just before he drowned.

5. Plans to turn Britain into a “world leader” in internet gambling were drawn up by ministers – Vegas in Clacton was on the cards.

4. Two hundred serving police officers have criminal records for offences that include assault, breach of the peace, theft and vandalism.

3.  Humphrey, the famous Downing Street cat who disappeared in 1997, had not been put down but had been sent to “a stable home environment where he can be looked after properly” – with a lethal injection.

2. The Elgin Marbles were damaged by two schoolboys fighting in the British Museum in 1961. One of the boys fell and knocked off part of a centaur’s leg.

1. The Thatcher Government planned to search for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland using a team of dolphins – because dolphins are well known for their monster hunting skills.

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