Roystering MPs

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  1. 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 £5.5 million of taxpayers’ money in the 2007/08 financial year, which is equivalent to the total annual tax receipts from 35 pubs. The subsidy is equivalent to £8,500 per MP - that is approximately £50 per diem on top of the £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 Commons’ Annual Accounts, was £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 £4.30 for every £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 Stranger’s Bar costs £2.10, outside parliament in the West End you pay £3.50 to £4.00. An 8-year-old Scotch costs £1.35, while our politicians can enjoy a Pimm’s on the pleasant Thames-side terrace for just £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.
  2. is this really a suprise to you???? they do not operate in the real world, and lots of cases do not know what the real world is like and would I doubt survive in the real world, that includes the like of Ed Balls and his wife,

    there are of course exceptions to this, but they are few and far between

  3. Actually, this is a surprise to me. But at least we know now why they are incapable of operating in the real world.
  4. its a shame that the members of Arrse, pprune and I'm sure other forums don't get together and start doing something, perhaps a load of us should meet up in London and have a cabinet meeting of our own, sure we could do a far better job

  5. Yes, hardships indeed. Per the The House of Commons Refreshment Department:

    Palace of Westminster

    Members' Dining Room daily "Bill of Fare" offering traditional lunches and dinners for Members and Officers only.

    Strangers' Dining Room as for the Members' Dining Room, but where guests may be entertained.

    Churchill Room and Bar à la carte lunch and dinner menu for Members, Officers and their guests.

    Terrace Pavilion from Easter to July only, open to Members, Officers and their guests for a self-help hot and cold buffet.

    Press Dining Room daily "Bill of Fare" as in the Members' Dining Room but used by members of the Press Gallery, some Officers, and their guests.

    Terrace Cafeteria self service restaurant, offering all day meals and light refreshments for Members, their guests and staff and their guests.

    Members' Tea Room offering light snacks and refreshments for Members and Officers only.

    Press Cafeteria
    as for the Members' and Strangers' Cafeterias, but open to members of the Press Gallery, staff of the Official Report and their guests.

    The Staff Hall Refreshment Department staff meals only.

    Jubilee Cafe open to both staff and visitors to the House of Commons. Bars

    The Pugin Room bar lounge, also serving morning coffees and afternoon teas to Members, Officers and their guests.

    Members' Smoking Room
    for Members only.

    Strangers' Bar for Members, Officers, senior staff, and their guests.

    Terrace Bar as for Strangers' Bar (Easter to July only).

    Annie's Bar for Members, Officers and Lobby journalists.

    Press Bar
    for Lobby journalists, Official report staff and Doorkeepers

    1 Parliament Street

    Bellamy's Cafeteria. Single status self service restaurant open to
    Members, Officers, staff and their guests.

    Bellamy's Clubroom
    light snacks and refreshments.

    Bellamy's Bar for Members, Officers, staff and their guests.

    The Astor Suite available for private functions through the banqueting service.

    7 Millbank

    The Millbank Room. Modern "brasserie" style restaurant and bar terrace,
    open to Members, Officers and their guests (plus staff and their guests on
    Monday and Friday).

    Portcullis Cafeteria Single status self service restaurant open to
    Members, Officers, staff and their guests.

    Portcullis House

    The Debate.
    Food court style restaurant offering meals and light
    refreshments. Open to Members, Officers, staff and their guests.

    The Adjournment. Brasserie style restaurant serving light meals & bar
    service for Members and Officers and their guests (plus staff and their guestson Thursday evenings and Fridays).

    Despatch Box Speciality coffee bar with light snacks and refreshments open to Members, Officers and guests
  6. Well, funny you should mention that. Guido himself is trying to organise a 'walk' between Trafalgar Square on 5th November with everybody dressed up as the Guy Fawkes bloke out of 'V for Vendetta'.


    Outfits are, apparently on sale on eBay.

    This wouldn't be a protest you understand. We now need a licence to protest from our, errm, employees in Parliament who are unlikely to be well disposed towards those protesting against them.

    This would just be a walk by, hopefully thousands, of people dressed identically. Wonder how the Met's video squad will react to not being able to photograph protestors' faces.

    The publically subsidised troughs in Parliament are one thing, but what really makes me sick is the government's own wine cellar in Whitehall. They serve up wine and port worth two thousand quid a bottle when they're having a pi$$ up. Meanwhile they leave pensioners to go blind 'cos four grand for the drugs they need is 'unjustifiable'.