July 9th, 2010

Commons Drinks Up Just 5%

Regular readers will remember much fanfare from Bercow when he announced that, in these austere times, the cost of subsidised food and drink on the Parliamentary Estate would be rising, bringing it into line with “high-street” rivals. So the cheaper end of the real world.

Half a million quid will be removed from the subsidy, but what does that actually mean in practice? Guido’s man behind the bar whispered that for all the press releases and back slapping, the plan is to only put prices up by a meagre 5%. The Commons bars and terraces will still be the cheapest place to drink in town even after this small rise. The Guinness is half price by Central London standards, cheers.


245 Comments

  1. 1
    Dack Blog says:

    Cheeky barstewards.

    • 33
      Ex-German Internationals Watch says:

      Huntz

    • 226
      Anonymous says:

      WTF are they doing drinking alcohol at work anyway????
      There is absolutely no case for having booze there at all.
      If they “need” it, they’re not fit to run the country.

      • 235
        onesixthofagill says:

        if you took the alcohol out of the system in the uk the place would grind to a halt..get real anonymous

    • 242

      What do you expect when they can hide 90% of the overheads in other budgets? The staff get hidden on the HoC Services payroll and the water, electricity, cleaning admin and all the other costs get subsumed into the general running expenses. There are no rates to pay and probably no taxes either, and there’s probably some secret codicile in the relevant acts that means the Parliamentaryestate escapes VAT and excise duties – not to mention compliance with all sorts of H&S regs.

      Any publican would also be able to charge low prices like that and still survive without subsidy if he could offload all his similar costs onto the newsagents’ shop next door.

  2. 2
    Keg Buster says:

    Bastards!

    They really consider Foster a beer? How quaint. They’ll be stocking Watneys next.

    • 3
      Keg Buster says:

      Fuckit. Fosters, not Foster.

    • 16
      GBSMP says:

      Well spotted. It is, of course, tap water, to which has been added: colouring, flavouring, preservatives and a bottle of neat alcohol, all mixed together and carbonated in a big vat.

      • 74
        P. Doff says:

        I misread the last word (vat) and immediately thought… who in the HoC or HoL would fit the description, “colouring, flavouring, preservatives and a bottle of neat alcohol, all mixed together and carbonated in a big twat.”

        Any guesses?

        • 86
          GBSMP says:

          I can think of at least 640 suggestions. Plus however many are in the Lords.

      • 191
        Beer Drinker says:

        Fosters is weasel pee

      • 243

        Nah that’s the recipe for Castle Lager from South African Breweries.

  3. 4
    Gone fuckin mental says:

    Fuckin barstards its still cheaper than the beer round here (essex)

    • 102
      Fair's fair though says:

      ….. but the whores are pricier

      • 116
        Unsworth says:

        Yes, but so much more versatile. Get the shots after, of course.

        • 244
          Sir Horace Hoare-Daly says:

          I dunno, I once knew this girl in Colchester who could …. well let’s just say in my experience tricks like she could perform don’t usually come so cheap.

  4. 5
    Anonymous says:

    the KCL SU is cheaper actually, fosters is only £2.05

    • 188
      Snotsicle says:

      KCL bar was always cheap but they served terrible Guinness.
      Is it still called the Nelson Mandela bar or did they change that once he was let out of prison?

  5. 6
    Gone fuckin mental says:

    Time to prep the lamposts

    • 14
      Fu**ed off says:

      Hear hear!

      • 25
        GBSMP says:

        I think in the spirit of equality and diversity, they should impose Sharia law on the Houses of Parliament. Quaffing beer should probably be a good whipping, and forcing the taxpayer to subsidise the beer (and Fosters) is theft, so that’s a bit of amputation.

        Then a bit more amputation for the expenses scandal. Any penalties for lying? Maybe a bit of stoning. Back-date all punishments to 1990. Cool?

  6. 7
    Contrafibularities says:

    the KCL SU is actually cheaper at £2.05 for a fosters

  7. 8
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    [OT] Never let it be said the money we give to Afghanistan isn’t being well spent.

  8. 9
    Mong Zoo says:

    Hail all us who banned ourselves

  9. 10
    Fred Dibna says:

    Military jets now for Moaty,this is a fucking joke at our expense

    • 17
      Groucho says:

      1 in 10 of all the armed police in the UK.
      The entire Northumbria Police Force.
      The SAS.
      Now the RAF.

      All outwitted by a doorman.

      If they really want to catch him, tell HMRC he has been fiddling his taxes.

    • 18
      GBSMP says:

      Yes, but Plod have found three phones!

      I thought they were looking for an on-the-run murderer, but, no, apparently they were looking for phones, so Plod’s very happy.

    • 22
      bunker buster says:

      Are they going to Bomb him?

    • 30
      Shoot first, ask questions later says:

      I reckon Moaty is a dead ringer for Gazza. I would strongly advise all tall well built Geordies to stay well clear of Rothbury

      • 36
        Theresa May says:

        Police have reported significant developments in the case of Raoul Moat now they have found three of his mobile phone handsets.

        It means that using state of the art GPS technology, they will be able to use satellites to plot the exact location that they are in whilst they fail to find him.

        • 47
          Penfold says:

          Yea, and pigs might fly, when ejected from a ballista.

          Moats’ in London, laughing his balls orff, and plotting his next assassination or 3.

          What a load of Huntz.
          No arguments here for cutting police numbers and ridding opurselves of morons.

          • Paul, the psychic octopus says:

            Moaty 4 – Filth 1

          • Mr Plod says:

            Please remember all this effort is because he is threatening the public, if he was just threatening the police obviously we’d just shrug it off.

      • 217
        Indigo says:

        Is it just me or does Temporary Chief Constable Sue Sim resemble “Alice” out of the Vicar of Dibley?

      • 227
        Indigo says:

        Seems Gazza is one of Moat’s mates. From Ed Fraser’s Twitter page this evening, this is surreal -

        http://twitter.com/frasereC4

        Gazza stuff is bizarre. Says he has brought Raoul Moat a dressing gown, a can of lager and a fishing rod. Police won’t let Gazza talk to RM

        Gazza: “I jumped in a taxi with broken ribs and brought some food for him, lager. I know he won’t shoot me.”

        Gazza: “I was going to walk through the moors and shout Moaty it’s me. As far as I’m concerned he is a nice guy.”

        Gazza: “He is a lovely bloke I know that. I think he’s frightened. He’ll put his gun down but is scared in case police shoot him kill him.”

        • 229
          Indigo says:

          Ed Fraser again,

          Can confirm footballer Paul Gascoigne is on the scene in Rothbury and claiming he knows Raoul Moat and wants to talk to him

        • 236
          gazza 4 gaza's sake says:

          gazzas lost the plot he should head over to hamas country and offer his mediation services there…awyee

      • 228
        Indigo says:

        And this from

        http://twitter.com/paul_a_smith

        Seriously. Get online, Real Radio North East. Gazza thinks he’s only man who can talk #Raoul #Moat down. Holy shit.

        I’m at Real Radio. Gazza is live on the air. He’s in the car, going to see #Moat. He’s blankets, chicken and a fishing rod for him. No lie.

    • 41
      Ho Chi Minh says:

      They will be spraying the area with agent orange next.

    • 56
      Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

      Thank God we didn’t scrap Trident

      • 63
        Lord Mandy of Dotheboys says:

        The Met could deal with this by following him onto a bus, letting him get off, fo down the underground, sit down on a train – and then shoot him.

        • 96
          Enjineer says:

          Yeah, I’m amazed that the Police are having such trouble shooting dead a bloke with a Brazillian sounding name.

          • Enjineer says:

            I’d advise him to stay away from the tube though. They’ve been practicing there.

      • 90
        Engineer says:

        Just the minor problem of getting a nuclear submarine up to Rothbury. How deep is the River Coquet?

        • 107
          Groucho says:

          There’s always Blyth harbour. Blyth already looks as if it has been nuked.

          • Geordie Hinny says:

            Whey man, ya cheeky bugga, like. Blyth folks is suffering wondering wees ganna be arrested next!

        • 183
          Mr Plod says:

          We’re so concerned about the public we’re all volunteers at the moment and not claiming overtime.

  10. 11
    Cider says:

    Lying troughers, they had a cheek to try and impose an increase the price of cider for the taxpayers.

  11. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Troughing b***ards

  12. 13
    Gone fuckin mental says:

    I am going to the pub

  13. 15
    Mr T says:

    get some nuts

  14. 19
    T Bliar says:

    Shildon Labour Club is cheaper than that.

    Mind you it is a complete shit hole

  15. 20
    Spongers says:

    Are these prices from around 10 years ago?

  16. 21
    Moderated says:

    Eh? Why am I being moderated?

  17. 23
    Martin Day BBC political correspondent says:

    This bastard coalition.

    The Amateur Swimming Association has expressed its disappointment after learning that £25 million of funding which was due to rejuvenate the nation’s swimming pools has been axed as part of the Government’s spending cuts – but has acknowledged the move was not unexpected and urged its supporters to vote Labour at the next General Election

    The money – due to be allocated by Sport England on behalf of government departments DCMS and DfE – was going to be made available to modernise council and education pools.

    Forty-four projects in total have been affected and they are being informed that their applications will now not go forward.

    • 24
      Liam Bryne says:

      Sorry , theres no money left .

    • 34
      GBSMP says:

      Public swimming pools. Those are the things chavs p!ss in, aren’t they?

      • 51
        Penfold says:

        The loot was going to be spent making them Muslim friendly, i.e. closed to all the rest of the local community.

        • 60
          GBSMP says:

          Figures.

          If the Amateur Swimming Association wants to improve swimming pools, why don’t the swimming pool operators increase the admission fee a bit, and use the extra revenue to improve the swimming pool?

          That way, people who don’t use swimming pools (because they’re full of chav p!ss), aren’t forced to pay for their upkeep. Or is that too difficult a concept for Martin Day and others of a socialist mindset to grasp?

          • fuckem says:

            My local council pool is available to the general public for about 20hrs a week out of 90 odd total hours, i cant be fucked to memorise the weird timetable as im not a ‘lunchtime lady’ and couldn’t give a fuck about aquatone. Happily the local hotels are much better

    • 61
      Dig for Victory says:

      My local rural leisure is a fantastic example. Those wicked thatcherites built and it was well used. Under a labour council and labour government it went downhill and was closed 2007 due to H&fuckingS. A local businessman gathered enough funds and skilled tradesmen to re-open it, council says no, wait till we have more money so we can have something greater than anyone wants or needs. Roll on 3 years, and labour have pissed the funds up the wall. A generation of local kids are now unable to swim. Vote labour to make dark thoughts reality.

      • 67
        GBSMP says:

        The local businessman’s plan presumably didn’t tick all the correct multi-culti diversity boxes.

        Did the plans for the diving board show access for wheelchairs? Was there a prayer area, with room for prayer mats?

    • 92
      Mr Plum says:

      They have modernised out local pool, the shallow end was 3 feet deep now it is only .90m deep

      • 172
        Sir William Waad says:

        One of my staff tried to buy ten dozen clout nails for the piggery roofs. The ironmonger would only sell him twelve tens.

    • 110
      AC1 says:

      You want to swim?

      Pay the price of entry to a swimming pool rather than expect your non-swimming taxpayers to foot your own bills.

    • 154
      Cynic says:

      All these wingers need to realise that these is no money left. If you want a pool get out there and raise the cash… don’t just grind on about it

    • 162
      Doris Day says:

      Gordon swims in pool without his incontinence pants.
      Witness heard to say “I’m not really swimming, I’m just going through the motions”

  18. 26
    Taxfodder says:

    After all the bluster and bullshit about “all in it together” typically Westminster serves itself greater helpings than everybody else!

    You can always rely on the likes of Bercow have his piggy snout up the front.

  19. 27
    pissedanbroke says:

    twice as pissed for the same money in the real world…not a bad deal..tring I thank you

    • 75
      Sir William Waad says:

      Only in the world of licensed premises is £1.30 half of £2.40.

      • 94
        pissedanbroke says:

        yes but close Sir William..don’t think my butler studied the maths to the nearest 10p when he bought this matter to my attention but have a large one on him in compensation then nod off again…..hic cheers barf tring

  20. 28
    Mrs Smith...Rochester says:

    guido ask your barman to tell us how many bar tabs from the outgoing Mps remain unsettled

  21. 29
    Michael Gove says:

    I ‘m sure that I speak for the entire country when I convey the coalitions best wishes to the England Football team in sunday’s World Cup Final against Ghana

  22. 31
    Cheers says:

    Brew your own,it’s cheaper,purer and stronger

    • 32
      Cheers says:

      ps,and the muzzy on the night shift can’t piss in it.

    • 42
      GBSMP says:

      I’d need a production line to quench my thirst, and my home’s not big enough.

      Waitrose are doing a deal on Abbot Ale at the moment; 8 500ml cans for £8. I got slaughtered on it last night, after the bottle of wine and 2 G&Ts.

      • 66
        Dig for Victory says:

        Collect or buy 26 demijohns from charity shops/local tip, forage or grow as much as possible, strawberries just finished, rhubarb going well, blackberries in flower, elderberries starting to swell. Once you are up and running, just buy sugar (poundland) and you’ll have 6 bottles a week.

        Cheers

        • 69
          GBSMP says:

          That does sound fun. Thank you, I will try it.

        • 76
          Hic!!!! says:

          It works. Parsnip wine is dynamite, as is sugar beet (should you live in Norfolk and can source the beet).
          Elderflower champagne ready at the weekend. Cheers!

        • 164
          Jethro says:

          oh shit I’m fucked I’ve got 27

        • 200
          A. N. Alcoholic says:

          6 fucking bottles a week? What fucking fuck am i to do with six fucking bottles a week? All that effort for one night of being mildly tipsy? Go fuck. Costcutters do great 3 for £10 deals on fortified wines, tastes like shite but because i havent eaten in 4 months its a friggin bargain & i can still pay my rent. Though shitting in the communal hallway because i sincerely believe i am a pigeon occassionally, may just cause me to be evicted nonetheless.

          Brew your own is for losers.

      • 100
        tit says:

        yes but its what the abbots put in that stuff thats out of order…dirty habits these religious brewers

  23. 37
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    [OT] Capello announces Englands new sponsors.

  24. 38
    bandit says:

    I distill my own vodka,fuck the customs I have my own and it’s called pay the tax to me.Its a custom I urge everyone to take up.

    • 50
      GBSMP says:

      That sounded like such a good idea, I googled “how to distil vodka” and found this part of a FAQ:

      “3) Will it make me blind ?
      Not if you’re careful.”

      I think I’ll stick to the shops.

    • 118
      • 165
        Jethro says:

        well I have one so off to bargain Booze and a test

      • 179
        Sir William Waad says:

        When Gordon hears that Great Division Bell in the sky I shall visit his grave and pour a whole bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild over it. Mind you, I’ll filter it through my kidneys first.

        • 222
          GBSMP says:

          I’m going to deposit a curry on him. After I’ve eaten it and washed it down with milk.

          I’m lactose intolerant.

  25. 39
    Doc Trough. says:

    Please feel free to add ‘body’ to parliamentary refreshments. Hawk one up for the populace.

  26. 40
    Moderated says:

    Are these costs from around 10 years ago. What was the price of bear in 2002 per pynt. Lying troughers!

  27. 43
    Can't afford a drink says:

    I can only afford the 2.99 bottle of Lambrini wine from the local off license and it is like drinking my own piss.

  28. 44
    LOL says:

    Police were today investigating a dramatic new sighting of fugitive gunman Raoul Moat – brazenly walking down the High Street of the Northumberland village at the centre of the police hunt.
    Details of the incredible sighting came just hours after temporary Chief Constable Sue Sim told a village meeting: ‘I’m not saying he is going to be walking down the street with a gun.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1293342/Roaul-Moat-Did-fugitive-gunman-walk-high-street-manhunt-town.html

  29. 45
  30. 48
    Sall Bercow is a loose slag that I would do up the bum says:

    How much does Sally drink

  31. 49
  32. 57
    Diversity queen says:

    Bearing in mind they are all pissheads anyway profits shoukld be up.

    Will Lard Prescott still be scoffing there???

  33. 59
  34. 65
    HandsomeDavid says:

    Guido, any chance of getting a few menus from the different restaurants to see how their meals are subsidised?

  35. 68
    Sir Raoul Moat, Always outnumbered, never outgunned says:

    So yoos fooking soft southarn bastards dont sell newky brown like?

    Whayay arm gonna fooking come darn to that London and fooking unload with a fooking 12 guage in this fooking strangers bar like, you soft bastards see arn doont like.

    Just gotta blow away some fooking drama queen coppers first like, but you bastards is on me list like

    Howay the lads like

  36. 70
    Sir William Waad says:

    They have a choice of pseudo-Australian beer, pseudo-French beer, pseudo-Irish beer, pseudo-German beer, pseudo-pseudo-German beer or pseudo-Czech beer.

    What’s he wine cellar like? Or can you get a decent malt?

    • 105
      Engineer says:

      No Marston’s Pedigree, I note.

      Good; fine beverages such as that shouldn’t be wasted on those tossers.

    • 233
      If they're old enough to bleed... says:

      Yeah, it’s all fuckin eurofizz, the fuckin puffs.

      Only tossers like the milibands would drink that piss.

      Though the guiness would do in an emergency.

  37. 71
    MB. says:

    Is the booze duty free there with it being Crown property like army messes?

  38. 72
    Ex TimesOnline user says:

    Email from Times HQ … Mandelson reveals Labour’s deepest, darkest secrets … subscribe NOW!

    No, fuck off.

  39. 77
    Maddie says:

    Dear Mr Moat, if you want to hide from the police, the best place to go is Portugal

  40. 78
    Nick Clegg says:

    Northumbria police have taken fish off their canteen menu.
    A spokesman said “There will be no more little fishies on the little dishies till the Moat comes in..”

  41. 80
    Lord Prescott of Mount Temple says:

    Of course I have considerable influence in these matters. I’ll bring down the price of them pies an’ all.

  42. 81
    Tim says:

    WOOOP!

    And, Guido, where the hell are you drinking that Guiness costs £4.40????? That’s mental.

  43. 82
    David Cameron's Press Officer says:

    I hope it turns out that Raoul Moat got on a boat to France.
    It would be great to see the whole country surrender to one gunman!

  44. 84
    Anthony Steen (Sir) says:

    A little tipple is warther what is wequired when we’re woking or westing in the House and you’re all jealous. Mine is like the bwand they dwink in Balmowal and it suits me warther nicely, don’tcha know.

  45. 85
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    Sppoky. That’s 2 summers on the trot the word “moat” has been all over the headlines.

  46. 88
    Berk - Ow says:

    Don’t believe a word of what I say. It’s meant only for the Daily Mail.

  47. 97
    Dorothy Perkins says:

    i want to know if they will be messing about with the the ploughman’s chutney portion

    • 131
      streamfisher says:

      Questions will be raised in the House, it might even lead to a pubic enquiry.

  48. 101
    Engineer says:

    Where I worked, any form of tipple was not allowed on the premises. Why on earth do we allow the people running the country (supposedly) to do so when half the time they are all “tired and emotional”?

    Isn’t there a case for banning the stuff from Parliament altogether?

  49. 104
    Liam Fox says:

    Northumbria Police will be offered all the assistance required from the army,navy and air force in their efforts to apprehend Raoul Moat. If that is insufficient, we have now moved two Polaris submarines off the mouth of the Tyne and our NATO partners has been put on standby.

    • 121
      Phewwotascorcher says:

      with hair like that the acting chief constable needs protection against being assaulted by Raoul Gummidge…although looking at the kisser he’ll probably just give her a headboarding.

    • 122
      Engineer says:

      Alternatively, an old chap in a tatty Barbour and a flat cap could track him down in hours with a couple of bloodhounds.

      • 130
        Dufflebag says:

        Cool Hand Luke operation needed

      • 137
        GBSMP says:

        He was last seen in B&Q, so just listen out for someone shouting, “this B&Q own-brand stuff is a load of fecking useless shite.”

  50. 108
    Moaty says:

    Yer name’s on the list and you’re going down

  51. 113
    Mr Goaf says:

    Is that the school rebuilding list wondered where it was.

  52. 115
    Elton John says:

    Live Police meeting on SKY, constant social worker talk about communities and teams, its more like a primitive womb therapy session.

    This is what Labour have done to the Police.

    Just catch the criminal, that is your job.

    • 123
      Anonymous says:

      Did the fuckers have to lay on a health & safety briefing to all attendees before kick off?

      Ridiculous!

      If one of Moats m8s is reading this please pass on my best wishes at such a show of guile and tenacity.

      • 138
        Elton John says:

        Copper on SKY said wha tius hampering the search is ensuring the safety of officers, we are sued to missing persons operations – but – get this – unfortunately this man is actually attempting to evade capture!!

    • 125
      Sid and Doris Bonkers of Neasden says:

      whats happened to dixon of dockgreen types rozzers…you know the ones..good clip round the ear ‘get along there sonny’ friendly sorts with a whistle and a truncheon ?

      • 142
        I'll get my coat says:

        There was a Policeman from Clapham Junction
        whose organ just wouldn’t function
        for the rest of his life
        he deceived his poor wife
        with snot on the end of his truncheon

      • 152
        streamfisher says:

        Well there you have it, he was a wrong ‘un all along but got found out in the end they always do y’know (Chief Inspector Ian Blair), G’night and mind how you go.

    • 128
      Gordon brown says:

      Moaty not caught yet? I blame Sue.

    • 135
      Gene Hunt says:

      Do you reckon they really talk like that when the cameras are not there? It was crude propaganda.

    • 145
      GBSMP says:

      Bonus points if they say “diversity” or “cohesion” or “moving forward the police service experience”.

      Government need to sack every police officer and make them all re-apply for their jobs.

      And no, Sue, don’t bother.

  53. 119
    Dark Lord says:

    You wouldn’t want to drink any of that pasteurised rubbish anyway.

  54. 126
    Ed Balls says:

    Apparently Raoul Moat is on Twitter, the Police are following him.

  55. 127
    Temporary Chief Constable Sue Slim says:

    I fully expect my position to be made permanent at the conclusion of this operation.

    • 141
      Joe Public says:

      In yer dreams Gummidge.

    • 147
      GiveUzAnother says:

      if you came to the press conference with the rollers in or with your head under one of those dark age hair dryers we might take you more seriously…and whilst we’re at it try speaking at a pace slightly beyond andy pandy for beginners.

    • 187
      Sheependers says:

      Working at the Nail Bar.

  56. 133
    sticky wicket says:

    I hear the Bishops Finger is quite popular in some parts.

  57. 134
    Numpty says:

    Tens of thousands of kids are gonna have to continue their education in sub standard surroundings and you a bleating about the cost of a pint in the commons bar. You really are pathetic

    • 139
      Lord Land says:

      Only when they are doing their Home work.

    • 140
      You'rehavingalarf says:

      careful numpty don’t get humpty

    • 146
      Labour Lice says:

      Numpty is a scotch prat with a substandard education.

    • 149
      Carrot Top says:

      Labour had 13 years to sort it out and the coalition has only had a few weeks.

    • 151
      GBSMP says:

      have to continue their education in sub standard surroundings

      Damn. If only Labour had won in 1997. They would have had education as a top priority, and would have poured hundreds of billions of pounds into it over the last 13 years, so no child would have to have a sub-standard school.
      Damn those evil Tories. Damn them to Hell.

    • 178
      Play us a troon tat says:

      you mean we are not talking about Troon

  58. 143
    Man of the People says:

    No wonder fat barsteward Watson was so pissed when he made his ‘emotional’ tirade against Michael Gove. I can see now why all the NuLieber are so vicious – they are rat-arsed!

  59. 144
    Labour Lice says:

    Are the Palace of Westminster bars still exempt from Blair’s smoking ban?

    • 169
      streamfisher says:

      Yes, a ‘Palace’ is conveniently exempt from most legislation, they can even employ illegal immigrant cleaners on £3 pounds an hour with no comebacks, about the price of a Languostine and Venison starter in one of their subsidised restaurants.

  60. 150
    P.Doff says:

    I can’t wait for Moaty to get banged up with me, and give me a good seeing to in the showers.

    • 156
      Teresa May says:

      If he is ever caught Mr Moat will be offered a special advisory position in the Home Office. His knowledge and experience will be invaluable in our task of providing value-for-money policing.

    • 157
      Mr Plum says:

      Probably let him out on bail

    • 189
      P. Doff says:

      I was here first so fuck off you pseud… get your own pseudo (with or without a space between your initial and name… or up your gay crack for that matter).

      BTW: Where do you hang out in the evenings?

  61. 153
    gargle says:

    Look about the same as Wetherspoons prices

    • 158
      Churlish Mustard says:

      Yes, that would be “the cheaper end of the real world”.

      Apparently it is not enough that they charge the same as a Wetherspoons in central London, they have to charge the same as the poser wine bars Guido evidently spends so much money at.

      • 206
        Commonsterracer says:

        you could be right but who wants to hobknob it in wetherspoons..full of drunk scotties paddies and taffys doing dusty springfield impressions

      • 212
        Minesanarf says:

        yes but who wants to hobknob in wetherspoons full of drunk paddies jocks and taffys doing dusty springfield impressions all night when you can slum it on a commons terrace

  62. 160
    Bishop John Nerhig Sentamucerhoon says:

    Dirty evil corrupt bastards. And they do no work. All the filth do is vote how the whips tell them, and stuff their pig faces.

    MPs are are dirty evil filth. They should be burned. They are all thieves liars and paedophiles. We should cut the throats out of MPs and piss on them as the choke on their own blood.

  63. 171
    Anonymous says:

    Northumbria Police apologise for reading out ‘cards from kids’ on TV – one calling him a nutter lol.

    Jesus wept, they really are fucking useless.

    Using kids to garner support is fucking disgusting.

    Fuck off plod.

  64. 177

    Cheers voters. Up yours

  65. 181
    Mr Moat says:

    I object to the police calling me a “nutter” at their news conference and will be instructing my lawyers to prepare a case for slander. I will be expecting substantial damages for this slur on my good name.

  66. 185
    Mirror (Doh!!!) says:

    “a man fitting Moat’s description was spotted leaping from a hay bale”

  67. 186
    Lord Kingston-upon-Hull says:

    I’ll have the Aberdeen Angus, cut its throat wipe its arse and slap it on a plate with an extra portion of chips… certainly M’lud.

    • 216
      Extra order for the big fat bastard in the santa suit says:

      and I’ll follow that with a Tracy Sundae double cherries and cumquoit

  68. 199
    Cleggy Weggy says:

    I guess having to drink Fosters is an appropriate punishment for joining the House of Asses.

  69. 202
    Anonymous says:

    and a double diamond as well no kingfisher those were the days

  70. 203
    Zarb says:

    most people who work in Westminster aren’t MPs, they are SpAds, researchers and caseworkers who, after the introduction of IPSA aren’t actually paid much – and don’t forget interns who aren’t paid at all.

    Subsidising food and drink is a necessity if you want to offset the cost of living and working in London, especially if you want more diversity in politics.

    • 215

      There are too many politicians, too many hangers on, too much politics.

      You seem to think you are entitled to a subsidy, if you think people want more politics, diverse or otherwise, ask them to donate to your party.

      They won’t because they are sick of it. Don’t ask the taxpayer to fund your lifestyle choice.

    • 218
      oddbiners says:

      hey Zarb fuck of back to Zagreb or stick to making Zarbs..(crap swedish cars) as you don’t sound like a Spad…not a spade are you ?

    • 223
      GBSMP says:

      “especially if you want more diversity in politics”

      No. No one wants ‘more diversity’ in politics. We look at the wasteland that Britain – and in particular, England – has become under Labour’s Great Experiment, and ‘more diversity’ is the last thing we want.

    • 241
      Engineer says:

      The “most people….are SpAds, researchers and caseworkers who…..are not paid very much”.

      Many of these people are the wannabe career politicians who want to get on the gravy train spending their lives governing the rest of us, without ever finding out what real life is like for the rest of us (no subsidised bars or food, for a start). If the low pay gets some of them out of Westminster and into the real world to earn a living, and learn something about real life, it will do them (and consequently the rest of us) a great deal of good.

      We, the general public, are sick to the back teeth of SpAds and similar hangers-on sucking off the public teat; in other words, the taxes taken out of our hard-earned.

  71. 204
    paddy says:

    Are any bars at the commons or Lords franchises?

    • 211
      Ferking Brill says:

      no she now runs the Strumpet and Squit down the Bellend Road..not as young as she was but still a belter when shes shedded and theres a lock in – up on the tables she goes and bangs out a shirley bassey and still flashes the gash between verses just like the old days.

  72. 209
    Bob's ur Uncle says:

    Can those that pay for this Club enjoy its privileged low cost bar?

  73. 210
    Baroness Uddin says:

    I think it’s shocking. Everyone in Parliament taking advantage of the taxpayer

  74. 220
    Dark Lord says:

    Who would appoint a Chief Constablewith a voice and hair cut like that.

  75. 224
    Nick2 says:

    The beer prices appear to be amazingly cheap, especially by comparison with riverside pub prices.

    However, who would willingly drink Kronenburg 1664 or Fosters? Both being fizzy, acidic and tasteless (not to mention both being locally brewed knock-offs of international brands). Hmmm – I begin to see their popularity in the Houses of Parliament…

  76. 230
    Anonymous says:

    This is a disgrace I am not paying for them to get drunk on the cheap

  77. 232
    Emergency Budgie says:

    I bet they sell a shitload of that Becks Alco Free

  78. 245

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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