Saturday, 25 February 2012

I agree with the Guardian


Not only should we end the £5m a year subsidy on cheap alcohol for MPs in Westminster's bars, we should trial a £1 a pint premium above nearby pub prices; those enjoying a single restorative pint, or drinking in the Palace bars for the kudos, will not be deterred, but it will help eliminate (if government advice is to be believed) the sort of oafish behaviour that follows binge drinking by our Parliamentarians. The thought of a drunken MP urinating over the statue of the blessed Margaret, or 'ladette' lady MPs passed out in their own vomit on the benches in the Lobby is something that cannot be countenanced. Deterrent alcohol pricing is needed in Westminster NOW.

13 comments:

Bill Sticker said...

Better still. No alcohol to be served within the precincts of parliament, and a years ban for 'debating under the influence'. MP's need breathalysing.

SimonF said...

Bill beat me to it, no alcohol in the workplace.

Anonymous said...

Seeking to mock the 'seat of our democracy and mother of all Parliaments' - how dare you sir, the 'Honourable gentlemen' can do that all by themselves.

Anonymous said...

So many eye-openers all at once! Is it really a subsidy of £5 mil? Is there any end to the rapaciousness of our political elite? Isn't it amazing that alcohol is even allowed within the precincts of the Palace of Westminster? Why do the electors tolerate these crooks? Where the hell is Cromwell when he is really needed?

DeeDee99 said...

Perhaps we should change the phrase "Drunk as a Lord" to "Drunk as an MP".

Of course we should not be subsidising booze in Parliament. The Palace of Westminster is a place of work (or so they keep telling us). It isn't a Gentlemans' club.

It SHOULD be made an alcohol-free zone - or at the very least, normal pub prices, unsubsidised by the taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

I'm not allowed to drink at work; nor would I want to. So why are they? Of course, that is a rhetorical question to which we all know the answer.

"Four legs good, two legs better".

Coney Island

G. Tingey said...

Actually just set prices equal to the median of pubs within 1km radius of the clock-tower - that'd scare'em!

SimonF said...

I am reminded of an incident that happened on Ascension Island when we were staging there on the way to liberate the Falklands.

Those of us ashore used to drink in in a civilian bar and it was mixed ranks, mixed services. One evening there was a punch up, well handbags really, between a young RAF and young Navy officer. It was soon sorted and nothing much more said.

However the next evening there was an MP on the door checking ID cards and the only people being let in were officers of all 3 services.

Anonymous said...

If you had Millipede Junior as a boss, you'd want to get pissed as well.

Tarka the Rotter said...

MMmmm I agree to a point, but Marina Hyde said 'I blame you,' meaning the rest of us. Funny, but I don't remember being asked if I minded my taxes going to subsidise cheap booze for MPs, but then we are seldom asked about anything.

Edward Spalton said...

and, of course, George Brown, my MP years ago, for whom the phrase "tired and emotional" was coined, I think.

It's not that this man drinks but that he can't hold it.

It would, of course, be fairer to bring the House bar and food prices up to those of the surrounding area .

Anonymous said...

Not to mention smoking..........

Kinderling said...

"Four legs good, two lags better".