For a start, you'd expect them to look at axing fripperies
and gimmicks in order to safeguard core policing, like locking up masked men with swag bags.
Emma Boon, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "These pointless fripperies
are adding to the total bill for the Olympics at a time when we can least afford it.
Back in the olden days, when I was a lad and had a literacy budget that could be spent on fripperies
, I would come across what I considered a good literacy teaching resource book, buy it and then pass it round my colleagues, urging them to have a look, dip in and hoick out some good ideas.
Having escaped the Nazis in the nick of time, and having lost most of his family in Auschwitz, he wasn't cut out for the fripperies
of the film industry.
Apart from the tents in the desert, bejewelled elephants and all the other Last Days of The Raj kitsch fripperies
, Katy has written special vows for the couple.
Moseley battered at Bedford, Bees pulverised by Plymouth, I recognise this scene now, it's Act One of the annual Midwinter Ice Odyssey in which such fripperies
as hope and optimism are extinguished by a cold blast of realism.
We are now treated to Clr Mehboob Khan wringing his hands about budget reductions when what he should be doing is seeing that scarce funds are spent on essentials and not fripperies
For if it is, No loving fingers tying strings Around those tissued fripperies
, The sweet and silly Christmas things, Bath salts and inexpensive scent And hideous tie so kindly meant, No love that in a family dwells, No carolling in frosty air, Nor all the steeple-shaking bells Can with this single Truth compare That God was man in Palestine And lives today in Bread and Wine.
Surely I am at least in part to blame for John Donne's willful obscurities and distortions; and what about those stylistic fripperies
of Gerard Manley Hopkins?
that seemed obscene during the early '90s recession are quite modest by the standards of 1999.
Just look at pictures of the old court ballets and masques and you will see performers burdened with costumes, bedecked with plumes, bedizened with fripperies
Even when researchers started testing the idea, she notes, their experiments focused on whether feminine fancy drove evolution of male fripperies
such as the peacock's tail and whether such ornaments honestly identified males that would sire the healthiest young.
It's the irrelevant fripperies
which sell the books (at exorbitant prices), as Harriet Bernstein-Tyson makes depressingly clear in her lucid, pithy A Conspiracy of Good Intentions: America's Textbook Fiasco (Council for Basic Education, 725 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005).
Forget the fripperies
of so-called holidays which disappear in a twinkle.
Hamilton, whose firm Scottish Barony Titles trades in these highly desirable (apparently) medieval fripperies
, reckons there are now only 400 existing titles out of an original 2000 in circulation, but no one is selling.