January 5th, 2012

Hungry for Taxes: MPs Lunch Subsidy Now £8,823 Per Annum

Hungry? Fancy a rib-eye steak and hand-cut chips with béarnaise sauce served in the agreeable setting of a restaurant in an historic building on the riverside. Waited on by liveried waiters bringing silver service to white linen tables? It will cost our MPs a mere £7.80 and you’ll chip in £5.93 in subsidy for that lunch. We are all in it together.

If you are a vegetarian or dieting for the New Year perhaps you would like an artichoke and tomato salad drizzled with truffle dressing? Only £2.05 in the MPs’ dining room thanks to the £1.56 that minimum wage taxpayers have contributed to the MPs lunch in subsidy. The 646 MPs have their lunches subsidised to the tune of £8,823 each per annum.  Three years after the expenses scandal, MPs are still troughing at our expense…


  1. 1
    Diane Abbott says:

    Just a small salad for me.

  2. 2
    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    can’t they send themselves a healthy eating leaflet? or one after they have been weighed to be told whether or not they are obese?

  3. 3
    Abbott a racist? says:

    You obviously do not read your comments Guido. You had the story as it happened.


  4. 4
    Nu Attack Dog says:

    and some black pudding

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    The All In It Together Parliamentary Bar Closure e-petition

    Now will you sign and lets see the bastard MP’s debate this……………

  6. 6
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    “Out of context” in 140 characters…that’s hard to do she must be very very clever.

  7. 7
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Close down all subsidised bars/resturants in the palace of Westminster.

    Let them mix with taxpayers for a change.

  8. 8
  9. 9
    HoC Worker says:

    And yet the cost of basic caffeteria food used by the other 3000 people who work at the Houses of Parliament, including interns, posties, cleaning staff, police and various other lower paid jobs continue to rise…

  10. 10
    Penfold says:

    And the blighters want to introduce minimum alcohol pricing to increase our costs.

    Makes one turn to drink…………if one could afford it!

  11. 11

    To be fair Guido, the truffle dressing tastes only so-so at best.

  12. 12
    jack regan says:

    Then they claim the £7b.80 back on exes
    As the ex Mrs regan is responsible for all of the HOP catering (no she isnt a cook) I mat call her and see if she can arrange for me to piss in the soup

  13. 13
    The Ministry of Trough says:

    It is important to make at least 5 expenses claims a day for a healthy bank balance.

  14. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  15. 15
    John Johnson says:

    Anyone know where I can rent some basement rooms in the SW1A area. I need somewhere to store some large barrells that have come into my possession?

    Asking for a friend….

  16. 16
    Tony Bliar is a CUNT..... says:

    I think you will find Billy that they wouldn’t like to mix with the rif raf………

  17. 17
    SaltPetre says:

    They deserve every mouthful for the tireless hard work they do on our behalf. God bless them all.

  18. 18
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire says:

    Margaret Thatcher passes away one day, and is sent down to hell. Once Thatcher has been checked in at reception and everything is in order, she plunges down into the abyss. Five minutes later, Reception in Heaven receives a panicked phone call from Hell. “What’s the matter?” Heaven asks. Hell Reception replies: “It’s Margaret Thatcher, she’s a damned nuisance. We want you to have her.” Heaven Reception calmly declares: “Since Thatcher’s been condemned, we can’t have her. You must have her!” Hell screams in rage: “She’s already shut down ten furnaces!”

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    as long as they are taxed on it as a benefit, I don’t care.

  20. 20

    I have to make do with cheese rolls and a packet of Disco crisps.

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    £8,823 each?

    Not much otherwise

  22. 22
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  23. 23
    Della Thompson says:

    I wonder if we taxpayers will ever be sued by the likes of Lord Prescott & renowned racist Dianne Abbott for giving them access to food to which they became addicted?

  24. 24
    Della Thompson says:

    No wonder his beard is always on holiday – away from him I note.

  25. 25
    Steve Miliband says:

    Luxury. I dream of having rolls.

  26. 26
    Steve Miliband says:

    It owes £3m though, no doubt

  27. 27
    Forgot The Exclamation, Fake ! says:

    What’s that expression, “Heaven won’t let me in and Hell’s afraid I’ll try to take over”?

  28. 28
    Dreary Steeples says:

    Let them eat cake.

  29. 29
    Diane Abbott says:

    If I’m grilled I’d like a small salad with it please.

  30. 30
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    You seem to have a beef with some of these MPs, dear.

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    I like black pudding , fried in its own fat and bean shoots, luvly jubbly

  32. 32
    Steve Miliband says:

    Ed really cracked the whip over Abbottgate. Waiting all morning to act and doing so live on air was masterful. He deserves to be leader.


  33. 33
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Chuka spinning like a top on BBC news, when asked about ‘posh white boys’ comments he said “lots of people have called them posh”

    Yes but that wasn’t the point, what does their colour have to do with it?

  34. 34

    Where did all the Black Forest Gateau geau?

  35. 35
    Steve Miliband says:

    And you have a massive chip on your shoulder

  36. 36
    That'll Learn 'em! says:

    Make their mothers have to pack them a Marmite sandwich.

  37. 37
    Education, Education, Education. says:

    Rιce and Ρeas, Divide and Rule.

  38. 38
    Gordon Brown says:

    “British jobs for British workers”

    “I saved the world”

    “I am the great leader”

    “Sarah my head hurts”

  39. 39
    Desperate Dan says:

    That’s why they’re all clinically obese.

  40. 40
    50 Calibre says:

    Nothing is ever going to change in the highly over-populated Westminster Bubble, where most of the lazy bastards have nothing to do anyway because it’s all done in Brussels these days, until Cameron has the guts to change it. He has shown no inclination to do much about anything yet, so don’t hold your breath. Fuck the lot of them…

  41. 41
    Chad Wackerman says:

    Guido’s certainly picking over the bones of this story, Elsie.

  42. 42
    !! says:

    “I think if MPs slept on a park bench and starved themselves that would still be too much for some people.”


  43. 43
    Desperate Dan says:

    Chucky is institutionally bigotted.

  44. 44
    !! says:

    any chance of a menu and prices from each being posted here

  45. 45
    Sarah says:

    Try turning the Aqua-Vac to *blow* for a while, dear.

  46. 46
    Archer Karcher says:

    Or pay anything like the prices they force on us.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Why did Prezza need to eat all the pies with that lot, and Pickles to gorge himself on large curries

  48. 48
    Michael says:

    I’ve a feeling in me bones that the British public have detected more than a wisp of hypocrisy in the Lawrence case and the backlash is happening.

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    You’ve forgotten the other 11,500 people who work here…

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    They wanted to eat what they thought the poor people ate

  51. 51
    On the GMTV sofa says:

    Will this be connected to the Charity Gordon and Sarah said they would immerse themselves in when out of Politics ?

  52. 52
    Notareargunner says:

    Love to have gorged myself on a Curry…Edwina style. Slide over Prime Minister…

  53. 53
    Dr says:

    Mostly resulting in Piss and Wind.

  54. 54
    Aaron D Highside says:

    It ouent to every subsidised council canteen en Bretagne.

  55. 55
    David laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    And a food allowance they can use on anything, as they do not have to provide receipts. Right to recall please, not the current one proposed by Clegg.

    We want Elizabeth Filkin back to sort these corrupt people out.

    Abbott and Pickles could save us a fortune with a diet.. context, I was generalising about fat people.

  56. 56
    tube-thumper says:

    I think it absolutely correct to make sweeping generalisations about races and then judge individuals. Its called freedom of thought and speech.

    Greeks are lazy
    the french smell
    the germans are bossy
    dianne abbot is a fat Hunt but i defend her right to make the statement she did

    me? I am a short white opinionated english wanker

    see how it works. doesnt hurt does it?

  57. 57
    Archer Karcher says:

    Surely Fatbott is morbidly obese?

  58. 58
    tube-thumper says:


    remeber the cricket when the winides beat england 5-0 . they didnt mind it being called a blackwash did they?

  59. 59
    Diane Abbott says:


  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Where would Guido go when associating with various MPs

  61. 61
    Private School says:

    Don’t forget the Rιce and black eyed Ρeas

  62. 62
    Archer Karcher says:

    I am horrified and offended, I shall contact my no win no fee lawers immediately and find out how much I can sue for. Oh the agony.

  63. 63
    Billy Boredom is the grossest bumpile ever ! says:

    “Ain’t that what Catholics call “doing the limbo” Guido?” ?

  64. 64
    I don't need no doctor says:

    WHY are the meals subsidised?
    How can it be justified when the cost of living and travel keeps going up for the ordinary public.
    IT MUST STOP NOW!!!!!!!

  65. 65
    I don't need no doctor says:

    WHY are the meals subsidised?
    How can it be justified when the cost of living and travel keeps going up for the ordinary public.

  66. 66
    James Blond, licensed to comment says:


  67. 67
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Well they certainly don’t subsidise any of the stores food or offerings to the hoi-polloi outside Portcullis House.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    What about the loss of vat paid on the true cost of the meal, don’t tell me they don’t charge vat anyway

  69. 69
    James Blond, licensed to comment says:


  70. 70
    Ed Balls says:

    So what?

    In my school of economics that’s just a huge growth (negative) of minus £2m, modernised for the future.

  71. 71
    Sooty says:

    Ah that explains why Diane Abotts such a fat wanker,all those subsidised meals

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Try that mock gothic building on the bank of the Thames especially if they contain brandy

  73. 73
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    I hope the fat fucking troughing bastards explode !

  74. 74
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    When I answer the door to my home-help each day, she always greets me with a cheery, “You’re in again, Elsie?” Quite strange, dear.

  75. 75
    Lard Presc'unt says:

    They never give me enough chips.

  76. 76
    Ryce and Pee says:

    Ryce and peee!

  77. 77
    Sooty says:

    Diane Abbots so fat she had to get baptised at sea world

  78. 78
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    UK Basic State Pension £102.15 per week (maximum)

    Taxpayer canteen subsidy to each MP per week £169.67.

  79. 79
    Ianne Dabbott says:

    White folks love to eat pasta an fava beeeeans

  80. 80
    Anon says:

    Just eat the huge one on your shoulder.

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    This IS the charity gord is up to his neck inhis charity

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    There are more than just 646 MPs who eat here! Spare a thought for the staff, and remember that the building is operational 24 hours a day, and during the recesses when Members are nowhere to be seen. I wouldn’t claim the catering is a world class example of efficiency, but there needs to be some recognition of the extra costs involved in dealing with unpredictable, long hours for the House, not so much for the MPs who rarely eat here, but for all of us who work here to make the place run, most on very modest wages.

  83. 83
    wan hung-lo says:

    If you’re sacked, you’ll be asking other people would they like a small salad with it. Can’t imagine you in any other job.

  84. 84
    Not in my name says:

    I wish to dissociate myself with the following memes which are being repeated by some in the media. I do so because I do not believe them to be true and tjose who first uttered them are lying.

    1. Abotts comments have been taken out of context.

    This is a lie the context is clear , she is saying that White people today in the present tense practice the same Policy of Divide and conquor as 19 century Colonialists.

    2. Abbot has apologised unreservedly and everyone accepts this ( Chucka)

    I for one havent, for the simple reason that she hasnt apologised unreservedly, she is still making excuses and lying about the context.

    I feel it necessary to make it clear that I do not accept an of these interpretations which now appear to be gatheting some traction in the media.
    I am sure others feel the same.

  85. 85
    nellnewman says:

    What they need is jamieoliver in that restaurant providing them food in line with the healthy school meals budget for which they should have to pay in full.

  86. 86
    Stupid Politicians says:

    The really stupid thing is to legislate against bad manners and make then illegal.

  87. 87
    Big D says:

    If Diane Abbot is deemed the embodiment of a “black person” I guess any negative statement aimed at Diane Abbot should be deemed as racist, in a similar way as any negative statement aimed at Jesus is anti Christian.

  88. 88
    David Cameron says:

    There are three reasons I’ve increased your taxes, plebs:

    1. So I can piss-away £13.3billion every year on the EU.
    2. So I can piss-away £12billion every year in foreign aid to countries with space programmes and nuclear weapons.
    3. So my troughing MPs and I can get a really good lunch. The knowledge that it’s funded by your grotty wages makes the food taste even more yummy!

    Toodle pip, what what!

  89. 89
    Ah! Monika says:

    Isn’t this subsidy a taxable benefit?

  90. 90
    Sooty says:

    just a thought,wonder how many MP’s have a subsidised gym membership to burn off all those subsidised meals and if they do could they give directions to ‘shady’ Abbott

  91. 91
    Call me Balls says:

    So what? What has that to do with the taxpayer subsidising the costs of the meals at the point of delivery?

  92. 92
    Big C says:

    I am interested in what other members of the Black community have to say about the matter

  93. 93
    Cogito Dexter says:

    Oh for crying out loud, plenty of places have ‘works canteens’ that are subsidised by the company. At least when using the lunch facilities at the Houses of Parliament MPs are actually THERE doing their jobs.

    Unlike Brown.

  94. 94
    Call a spade a spade says:

    Rιce and Ρeas

  95. 95
    Bigoted Woman says:

  96. 96
    Timmy Tin Foil says:

    The World Economic Forum and New York University are bungs, set up as alibis for Mr Brown’s non-attendance to his proper job and Mrs Brown’s shopping trips and ski vacations. (What else does one do in Switzerland and New York?) The people who really run things in the world are situated in these two locations, of course. As for the Browns, the French say: Never ask the family how the first million was made.

  97. 97
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    I thought Diane Abbott MP was a fat racist.

    After hearing her explanation I now think that she is a lying, cynical, fat racist.

  98. 98
    Sir says:

    But silver service is hardly canteen is it?

  99. 99
    Pissed off taxpayer living in the real world says:

    I work in an office where the catering facilities amount to a couple of vending machines so get over yourself.

  100. 100
    Main players tasked with damage limitation and cover up identified says:

    Vaz on SKY says as far as he is concerned we should accept Abotts apology and move on. Would he be advising such a course if it was a white person who had made an analogous comment about the Black “Community”.

  101. 101
    pissed off voter says:

    Is he going to invest it in euros?

  102. 102
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m hungry

  103. 103
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    C.P.S. prosecutor formally requests death by hanging for Chris Huhne and fellow defendants – @Reuters


  104. 104
    Lucretia Borgia says:

    Does anyone know how to introduce something exceedingly unpleasant, severely debilitating if not fatal, into the nosebags of these pigs?

  105. 105
    Con Text says:

    “Deliciously, as she was claiming to Sky News that her tweet has been taken “out of context” the phone rang.

    My colleague Sophy Ridge has since discovered that on the phone was none other than Labour leader Ed Miliband, giving his shadow health minister a dressing down and ordering her to apologise immediately.”


  106. 106
    Here's a thought says:

    Vaz was just on Sky saying that because Abbott has worked against racism all her life this tweet can’t be considered racist.

    Does that mean if I volunteer for R@pe Crisis I can then help myself to surprise sex with impunity?

  107. 107
    Alf Garnett says:

    Perhaps she’d also like some white truffles and some vin blanc to wash them down.

  108. 108
    Diane Abbott says:

    I hates white people as they don’t go to the wall for their children, although I do like their schools, fried chicken and champagne.

  109. 109
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Labour have now added another quality to their list – Acceptable Racism.
    Well done Ed Miliband, you must be proud of what your party stands for!

  110. 110
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    About 5.5 million taxpayers in the UK earn £169.67 or less per week BEFORE TAX.

    About 4.5% of households in the UK have income of less than £169.67 per week.

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  112. 112
    Sofa Fridge says:

  113. 113
    Only in the Graun says:

    The gutter?

  114. 114
    Ob-nox-shus-v-a-z says:

    The Oily One would slither up to any microphone and say that though, wouldn’t he?

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    Ah! Monika says:

    NB STOUP of the week!!

  117. 117
    David Cameron says:

    we (chomp) are all (snuffle) (munch) in (slurp) this (gulp) (swill) together!

  118. 118
    Some Geezer wot knows a million corny jokes says:

    Diane Abbott is so fat, when she hauls arse, she has to make two trips!

    Diane Abbott is so fat, her blood type is “creme”!

    Diane Abbott is so fat, she has her own post code!

    Feel free to add more!

  119. 119
    Desperate Dan says:

    Diane, White people are no longer called White. White is a racist term. Please address us as Indigenous Europeans in future.

  120. 120
    One Fat Lady says:

    Not ‘Faulty Towers’ pricewise is it?

  121. 121

    Us mere mortals can consume a similar lunch fro £12 during January: http://dasteepsspeaks.blogspot.com/2012/01/perfect-expenseless-lunch.html

  122. 122
    A Sneak says:

    Oooooh look oooooh Guido sir did you see what he said sir he used the r and p words sir I heard him sir

  123. 123
    Aidan Burley says:

    whats she got that I ain’t?

  124. 124
    Ah! Monika says:

    MP’s Prayer on entering Parliament

    ” For what we are about to receive….”

  125. 125
    Fish says:

    Presumably, as he has set up a company as a vehicle for his ‘earnings’, he will be paying himself and his missus a dividend rather than a salary and in doing so reduce his tax liability (rather like a number of senior BBC personalities do).

    Given that Liebour are keen to ensure that people pay their fair share of taxes, I think Gordon should clarify his tax arrangments (or perhaps some lazy beeboid might get round to asking him one day)

  126. 126
    Andy JS says:

    I like Sophy Ridge. How old is she?

  127. 127
    Only in the Graun says:

    Nothing like a spot of Vazoline to help a girl out of a tight situation.

  128. 128
    Jasper Lee says:

  129. 129
    Incitement says:

    The fact that Abbot made her racist twitterings by including the hash tag #Tacticasoldascolonialism should not be underestimated. By using this she clearly intends to attempt this topic to trend and thus was attempting to incite others and spread her poison.

  130. 130
    Ah! Monika says:

    A Bill

  131. 131
    Mike Hancock says:

    Too old for me but everyone to his own.

  132. 132
    Since you asked says:

    …. when God said let there be light, he asked her to move.
    …. I took a picture of her Christmas 2001 and its still printing
    ….. not even Dora can explore her
    ………. she put on her lipstick with a paint-roller
    ……… she doesn’t need the internet; she’s already world wide
    ………… you have to take a train and two buses just to get on the her good side

  133. 133
    jack regan says:

    A charcter ref from Vazoline?

  134. 134

    I thought that the truffles were the ones who came in to eat there.

  135. 135
    Judge Dreadlocks says:

    Anybody tak like dat bout Diane Abbott– guilty. Punishment– her sit on he.

  136. 136
    Fish says:

    WTF was greasy Vaz doing granstanding outside parliament with the unfortunate parents of that Indian lad?

    He’s not the Home Secretary, he’s not the MP for Salford, he’s not a member of the Govt. What a slimey toad he seems

  137. 137
    jack regan says:

    Give them a pair of shoes and 5000 calories a day and they start thinking that they are equal
    The slaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag

  138. 138
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Just shows how out of touch these lazy cnuts are. No private sector canteen serves alcohol these days.

  139. 139
    BillyBob... says:

    Only 8.8K Ms. Abbott will surely starve !!

  140. 140
    Lord Trombone (blog guest editor) says:

    no big ee

    move along please

    there are bigger fish to fry

  141. 141
    BillyBob... says:

    Steady on there….. you will have Lord Prescott after you, he is shop steward of the Pie Eaters Union :)

  142. 142
    Well, Nobody Forced You To Drink With That Bloke In The German Uniform says:

    Camouflage, the right set of genitals and protective “air cover.”

  143. 143
    Ah! Monika says:

    Can’t be because he’s coloured.

  144. 144
    BillyBob... says:

    Twitter ye not !

    She has been a very very silly lardy !

  145. 145
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Wind to 2min30sec

  146. 146
    EdM says:


  147. 147
    Only in the Graun says:


    The BBC treat the Labour opposition frongt bench as the ‘go to’ politicians in all circumstances. It is as though they never lost the election.

    Any issue requiring a P.O.V. then the BBC will take a Labour politician over a coalition one every time.

    That’s how it works you see.

  148. 148
    BillyBob... says:

    Vaz is in a state of immense excitement, on the box defending Ms Abbot and standing there on TV with and representing the Indian family who have just arrived to collect body of son.

  149. 149
    jack regan says:

    Time for a hog roast
    Plenty of back scratchings on that pig
    Ed couldnt eat her as she wouldnt be k o sher

  150. 150
    Diane Fatbutt says:

    I is right cos I is black. You can’t critise black people. That’s racist. Right.

  151. 151
    BillyBob... says:

    On a flight recently, sat next to a fat lad who only just managed to squeeze into the seat :)

    When the drinks trolley came round he asked for a diet coke, just a little late I thought.

  152. 152
    Only in the Graun says:

    Un fucking believable.

    I see that cvnt Ally Fogg is in early with his support.

  153. 153
    BillyBob... says:

    As simple as black v white ?

  154. 154
    Mine d'Boggles says:


  155. 155
    BillyBob... says:

    Hopefully Ms Abbott will donate her money to the starving people in Africa :)

  156. 156
    BillyBob... says:

    Exactly, she has previously used the word ‘white’ in a negative context.

    Ms Abbott has to go.

  157. 157
    Only in the Graun says:

    Where is this ‘apology’ then? Not on camera obviously.

  158. 158
    Only in the Graun says:

    Poor Chuka.

    He’s spouting all this crap but inside you just know he’s thinking…

    “stupid fucking bitch!!! stupid fucking bitch!!! stupid fucking bitch!!!”

  159. 159
    check the records... says:

    I dont for one single moment believe that was a call from Ed Milliband. Spin again….

  160. 160
    Cogito Dexter says:

    I don’t care if the food is delivered by penguins on gold lamé. What matters to me is that the MPs are actually in the building.

    Unlike Brown.

  161. 161
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Call it a subsidy……I’d call it a bleedin’ liberty!

  162. 162
    Anonymous says:

    Forgive me if I’m wrong but I think you’ll find there are 650, not 646 MPs.

  163. 163
    will says:

    Ha ha guido just see the Ad for Groupon restaurant vouchers at the bottom of this article very apt in the circumstances.

  164. 164
    Old Heathers says:

    Being a retired butler of the old school, I believe I have some expertise to offer.
    The late Lord Curzon said that no gentleman ate soup at luncheon. I would go further and state that no gentleman eats ‘chips’ at any meal. Moreover, describing the comestibles in question as ‘hand-cut’ has no bearing on the matter, for how else would a kitchen maid cut them?
    The eating of ‘chips’ confirms that many of today’s Members of Parliament are not gentlemen.
    But that is only to be expected under the present Conservative prime minister, who is apparently the daughter of a provincial grocer.

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    Bottle washer off duty says:

    In my part of the blick forest normal people eat lots of blickberries whilst wearing blick socks and blick shoes too. Don’t attend many blick tie dinners though.

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    +1 says:

    oooh! Saucy Elsie!

  168. 168
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Was he as keen to move on from Carol Thatcher or Patrick Mercer’s comments?

  169. 169
    The darkish browny sort of hue says:


  170. 170
    Ed Miliband says:

    It WAS from me. (The thing is though, I thought I was calling Ballsy, and I must have messed up on the speed-calling feature…)

  171. 171
    Can'T Blame A Lad For Trying, Anyway says:

    [See Moniker]

  172. 172
    One law for them.... says:

    Disgraceful comment, next thing you will be alleging that the cleaner whom he claimed all that money for was fictitious. Please withdraw your scurrilous accusation.

  173. 173
    One law for them.... says:

    Chucka “I dont think its helpful”

    Translation “Please stop this line of questioning as Im fucked if you pursue it “

  174. 174
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Let them eat cack.

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    The context explained. says:

    Dont wash your dirty linen in public Sista. I will speak for the “Black community”, you will shut up and know your place. I will articulate the approved “Black community” view of the world not You. Got It !

  176. 176
    The context explained. says:

    Actually I think it was more likely one of Eds advisors, telling Diane to shut up and finish the interview. They then leaked the “Ed giving her the dressing down” story to try and put a positive spin on it and make it look like Ed is in charge and dealing with the situation. Pathetic and transparent.

  177. 177
    Prof.Brian's Cock says:

    I see one of the black teas is “rich & perky”. How much for steak Dianne?

  178. 178
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    You have to remember that we MP’s are incredibly important and should be treated as such. That our weekly food subsidies in Parliament are more than the minimum wage is irrelevant, because people on minimum wage cannot afford to eat the food we are provided with, so there is no comparison. Our salaries are a pittance for the work we are supposed to do, and should be doubled immediately. For example when our well earned holiday finishes next week, I will immediately be off on official business to various places in Eastern Europe and it will be no picnic, I can assure you; as although the hotels I will be staying in are supposed to be 5* they are not really, no more than 4*+. Must go now, off for a spin in my new Range Rover Evoque.
    Driving around in my Range Rover Evoque
    Looking for young girls to pick up and poke.

  179. 179
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    Your headline is a tad misleading !
    It should read ” Cost To Taxpayers £13.73p
    As the other £7.80p is also our money , given to these fat slimy fuckers in their
    £170.23p per week food allowance
    That means it’s gone up by £70 on Call me Dave’s watch !

    Free money to buy taxpayer subsidised food ! = We get stung twice

  180. 180
    Marcus O'Gravy says:

    I have to watch the ‘black’ weight,can’t get enough of that black stuff !.

  181. 181
    not Jon Cleese says:

    As an upstart caterer,i would also presume that ALL the food & beverages
    are subsidised,meaning working lunches,buffets, canapés,& even take-aways
    are being sub’d by US ?.
    Look, the amount of glad handing corruption that occurs DAILY within
    the ‘mother of democracy’ is fucking astounding!!.

  182. 182
    not Jon Cleese says:

    God,i am so so sorry that i failed to read the wisdom of
    your truth before i posted mine.

  183. 183
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Perhaps the ‘black community’ accepts it her unreserved lies…um, apology.

    Perhaps the ‘white community’ does too. Except these ‘communities’ are mythical.

    We are a spectrum of peoples not ‘communities’ and as a white person I have more empathy with a black anti-racist than with a racist of any colour.

    Abbots remarks are themself divisive.

  184. 184
    Elgin's lost his Marbles says:

    It also indicates that she was NOT referring to colonialism, but current-day ‘tactics’. Otherwise, she would have said “tacticusedduringcolonialism’ or the like.

  185. 185
    Elgin's lost his Marbles says:

    How about a petition to stop subsidies for Parliamentary catering/hospitality?

  186. 186
    Heretic says:

    She won’t starve,her eyes are too close together !!

  187. 187
    Sarah Teather says:

    Example: Tony Blair hosts a canapé party for the North Korean
    human rights committee,we (tax payer)will never know that WE
    have underwritten this occasion.
    Ok this only a scenario but it gives one time to think !!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  188. 188
    joescotus says:

    what was it the late john smith called his constituents “the raggedy arsed brigade”

  189. 189

    I`ll have the b*stard as draught excluder.

  190. 190
    joescotus says:


  191. 191
    Sarah Teather says:

    But if it is shipped in ?? & out ??

  192. 192
    Seb coe's a cunt says:

    For this piece of offal the chefs knife would be Very blunt !!.

  193. 193
    Seb coe's a cunt says:

    No no the well padded kids in private education !

  194. 194
    B/Vat man da da da says:

    Sneaky fucker,we try hard !!!!!

  195. 195
    Guy Fucks says:

    I found a place to store some barrels once. Did me no good in the long term but you have to appreciate the intention.

  196. 196
    nemo says:

    Oh I thought that he was the Hon. President of the Desperate Dan Pie Club

  197. 197
    nemo says:

    You forget Ginny, they consider themselves directors

  198. 198
    nemo says:

    Seb coe’s a Hunt
    Yup but a very rich one!

  199. 199
    nemo says:

    There is a cute difference between allowances and expenses, expenses are like what mps get and are NOT taxed, allowances are what their underlings get and is taxed

  200. 200
    nemo says:

    A roll and a gallop Steve

  201. 201
    A Firm Pair oF Breasts says:

    They are all a bunch of fat and lazy freeloading bastards.

  202. 202
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu says:

    What about the European Parliament subsidised restaurants. Steaks with Bernaise sauce for 5 euros!! cooked to order in front of you by trained chefs

  203. 203
    They Still Don't Get It! says:

    The building is operational 24 hours? There are lots of Junior doctors who can’t get any food out of hours what makes these muppets so special?

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