I post this from Guido Fawkes's blog simply to inform arrsers of an interesting extra perk that our MPs have been enjoying, largely unreported by the press, who themselves enjoy a pint or two at other people's expense. "As they slip off this afternoon to face a tough 12-weeks holiday in the real world without subsidised drink, Guido wonders how will MPs cope? The House of Commons Refreshment Department operated on a subsidy of Â£5.5 million of taxpayersâ money in the 2007/08 financial year, which is equivalent to the total annual tax receipts from 35 pubs. The subsidy is equivalent to Â£8,500 per MP - that is approximately Â£50 per diem on top of the Â£30 per diem they voted to award themselves every working day in cash. The subsidy, which for some inexplicable reason was not published in the House of Commonsâ Annual Accounts, was Â£693,000 higher than in 2006/07 - a 15% increase. No belt tightening for MPs despite the Chancellor's warnings. It accounted for 43% of the operating costs, meaning that the taxpayer coughs up Â£4.30 for every Â£10 spent refreshing our politicians: even before they claim back their outgoings without receipts through the expenses system. These figures don't include the multi-million pound re-fit of the wine cellar. MPs are members of the best London club with a dozen bars on the parliamentary estate, plenty of dining rooms, brasseries and banqueting suites all operating without a licence and no restrictions on hours - you can even smoke in some. A pint in the Strangerâs Bar costs Â£2.10, outside parliament in the West End you pay Â£3.50 to Â£4.00. An 8-year-old Scotch costs Â£1.35, while our politicians can enjoy a Pimmâs on the pleasant Thames-side terrace for just Â£1.65 - which is a third to a half of prices a mile down the road. Do you really think they need to pay politicians more to attract people?" It's a bit of a shocker really and will become rather more interesting reading when the House starts to debate new legislation to prevent the rest of us from becoming anti-social drinkers.