January 9th, 2012

Hungry For Taxes: Lunchtime Robbery

Hungry? Last week Guido brought you the rib-eye steak and hand-cut chips with béarnaise sauce that cost MPs a mere £7.80, thanks to the handy £5.93 top up from the taxpayer.  This subsidy works out at some £20,000 per day…

As lunchtime approaches and the first greedy members saunter back into town, they can head to their exclusive riverside restaurant today for seared breast of pigeon with aubergine purée and spiced couscous. It will set them back £4.15. The rest of us, eating al desko, will pick up the extra £3.15 subsidy.

Choking… 

UPDATE: Tory backbencher Chris Kelly gets in touch to say:

“Every day I have been an MP I have made my own sandwiches for lunch & brought them in. I used to take a packed lunch to work when I worked in my family businesses &, when I was campaigning flat out ahead of the general election, I did the same. I don’t see why it should be any different now that I’m an MP.”

Cheese and mustard today, in case you were wondering…

UPDATE: Elizabeth Truss MP responds with a call for the Commons catering to be outsourced to the private sector:


199 Comments

  1. 1
    Eric Pickles says:

    Mine’s a Mixed Grill please!

  2. 2
    Fire up the Quattro says:

    Just had a cheese sandwich. The pigeon sounds great.

  3. 3
    Diane Abbott says:

    It’s a white conspiracy I tells thee!

  4. 4
    M Balotelli says:

    We are funding Diane Abbot’s arse.

  5. 5
    Notareargunner says:

    Supplied by Worrel Thommo at a steal…Twice over.

  6. 6
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Time for the MPs to lunch with taxpayers and not hide away in the palace of westminster.

  7. 7
    Notareargunner says:

    Pigeon breast? PIP that you Froggie Fraudsters. No industrial shit for our thieves, sorry, MP’s.

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    It is a disgrace that these hard working servants of the people should be expected to pay for their canteen food.

  9. 9
    Chairman Humph says:

    Prick with Fork!

  10. 10
    MajorFrustration says:

    And thats just the food Guido – check out the booze

  11. 11
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    How was the pigeon killed?

  12. 12
    Tuppence a Bag says:

    But surely the Pigeons are free?

  13. 13
    mark says:

    think you should change your logo for this item guido. pigs are sensitive animals that have been very useful to humans for centuries.

    MPs on the other hand are insensitive, provide no use to society whatsoever, and have been very UNuseful to humans.

  14. 14
    Rog says:

    Hardly typical “works canteen” fare is it?

    And I don’t believe £7.30 is the full price of the meal anyway – try paying that in any normal restaurant with silver service, etc.

    Wonder if the usual class warrior types tuck into this sort of scoff, or on principle go out for fish and chips at their own expense.

    I think we know the answer…

  15. 15
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    You should publish their weekly menu…with what it costs them+what the tax payers pay towards it.

  16. 16
    Di Friar-Tuck-in says:

    Any black pudding?

  17. 17
    nemo says:

    Surely you mean curries enough for 5 persons on one plate

  18. 18
    Dianne Abbott says:

    I’m offended by that comment, and why are they only selling white meat?

  19. 19
    annette curton says:

    Seared Pigeon Breast?, that’s no way to refer to Harriet Harman.

  20. 20
    nemo says:

    Have you finished checking that fence Willy

  21. 21
    Muslim Council of Britain says:

    This is bigotry and hate!
    We are all supposed to eat halal meat, even when it is not labeled as such, and like it too, on pain of charges of racism and Islamophobia.

    Inshallah!

  22. 22
    Anthony Worrall Thompson says:

    Anyone want some cheddar? I’ll give you a good deal.

  23. 23
    pissed off voter says:

    Don’t suppose humble pie is anywhere on their menu.

  24. 24
    Anthony Worrall Thompson says:

    Fresh brie, slightly warm and squashed during transit in my coat pocket. Just a fiver.

  25. 25
    albacore says:

    No, no.
    MPs are terribly sensitive souls.
    Not for (temporarily, most of) them the unstunned halal meat that the rest of us have foisted on us and eat without a second thought.

  26. 26
    Anonymous No. 284 says:

    With all the “baloney” that comes from Westminster, you’d think they’d have enough for a few sandwiches. They provide the public with sandwiches, don’t they, the proverbial ones that everyday you’re forced to take a bigger bite of.

  27. 27
    Rog says:

    Shurely in New Liebourspeak: “investing in an extensive arse-infrastructure project”.

    Or possibly it’s a pioneering eco carbonohydrate capture scheme.

  28. 28
    Sophie's waste watch says:

  29. 29

    Chris Kelly is an odd one. I’d take anything that individual has to say with a large pinch of salt…

    Talking of which ..could you pass the condiments along old chap. This couscous needs a dash of something to spice it up.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    It says seared pigeon, she’s no pigeon!!

    With old hens it involves lengthy boiling………. for weeks sometimes dependant on the state of the meat and even then its shite.

  31. 31

    “Invested” is the preferred word.

  32. 32
    Diane Abbott says:

    Rιce and ρeas? You’re only trying to divide and rule.

  33. 33

    You poor old soul. If only there was some sort of subsidised canteen you could go to to help you out while you’re starving.

    After lunch, I’ll see if I can find one for you on a charity website, OK?

  34. 34
    Ah! Monika says:

    That will just be for the foos and possibly wages.
    Does not take into account all the other direct and indirect costs.
    Laundry fuel insurance crockery etc etc

  35. 35
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  36. 36
    Spotty Lizard says:

    650 MPs. Let’s say they each enjoy a £20 subsidy every working day of the year and that there are 250 of those.

    The total figure comes to £3,250,000. Frankly, that’s chicken-feed and I don’t begrudge my MPs (well, my MP is actually Diane Abbott, so I do begrudge her, but not the others) this sort of subsidy.

    And, in reality, most MPs are unlikely to enjoy that level of subsidy every day, not least given that they are likely to be in their constituency much of the time.

  37. 37
    Anthony Worrall Thompson says:

    I get my lunch from Tescos.

  38. 38
    Gordon Brown says:

    For lunch, I jerk my own chicken.

  39. 39

    Nulabour Christmas dinner
    {Spinners Arms }

    Melted ice caps sorbet
    Miliband’s a Melon

    {main}

    Gordon’s glossed over economic turkey with a hint of lemon
    Miliband’s cooked goose,
    Baroness Ashton’s Brussels sprouts
    Ali Campbells’s Roasted poll-tatoes ,
    Harman’s Manberries Sauce.

    Hazel Blears’ nutty stuffing,
    Watson’s tiny sausage wrapped in bacon
    (pigs in a blanket)

    Red Flag cabbage, Green-bean shoots of recovery, Hash Browns
    lashings of hot gravy train.

    Alternative –

    Brown’s a chicken supreme
    or Darling’s beef {with Gordon}.

    Porky Pies
    Selection of cooked books.

    Dessert
    Peter Mandelson’s mince lies and whipped-up media cream
    Ed Ball’s a flaming pudding
    Abbott’s a fruitcake and Hain’s Tangerines with core vote crumble.
    Fine electoral whines or spirits {of Tony}
    Bitter Lemon with bendy in the wind political Straw

    Gordon’s crackers and joke budgets.
    Paper Crowns

    Games available in family room:
    Gilts Jenga, Clouseau, Its a knockout,
    RISK of default,
    Snakes and Losers,
    Go for Broke

    Cappuch-schemos

    Quantitative eating
    Bill: £8,500 + per taxpayer

    Services not included or provided.

    BluLabour Christmas banquet

    {Winners enclosure Epsom.}

    Winnedsor soup

    Palm off ham

    Main
    Suckling Hogg of Pickles

    Duck House a l’Orange

    Range of thick cuts

    Damien Greens
    Bercow’s Brandy butter-up

    Dan Hannan Brussels spouts

    Roast UK peasants

    Eric Pickles onions

    Hickory smoked Hammond

    Grilled Porterhouse Blue

    Roast past snips with Immigrated cheese

    Dessert

    EU-rolly over poly

    election Dates and ‘give a figs’

    Osborne’s a plum duff.

    Licorice Allsops

    Eton Mess

    EU Referendum fudge
    Followed by Port and Ken’s B.A.T cigars.
    Blue blood cheese, Ritz crackers, Rich tea or Kirkbrides take the biscuits, David Davis sour grapes.
    and Boris Johnson’s Tory Crackers.

    Followed by games at the second home:

    Scrabble for power, Right wing Charade, 10 year Monopoly, Connect 40 {seats}, Pass the pigs.

  40. 40
    Gordon Brown says:

    my breath stinks

  41. 41
    Anthony Worrall Thompson says:

    Bottle of Merlot, partially drunk, just £6. Buy two and get a free Camembert.

  42. 42
    Spotty Lizard says:

    HEH.

  43. 43
    annette curton says:

    Please Sir can I have some at these prices (more).

    http://www.channel4.com/news/media/2009/04/day16/food2/Terrace_4.pdf

  44. 44
  45. 45
    Gordon Brown says:

    I demand a film of my life be made! It would have an opening weekend of £546 million!

  46. 46
    pissed off voter says:

    A little laxative could go a long way towards clearing some of the sh*t out of the hoc.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    you fucking idiot

    most MPs never go anywhere near their constituencies

    someone should deep fry you and serve you to your MP

  48. 48
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I am not on fence duty today. I dont really do fence dutys very often because the new guys have to do it. I only help out if it is necesary. It has been a busy day with trucks coming in and out, but I should be back to usual sercve soon.

  49. 49
    Scamp - The Excitable Dog. says:

    Last time I looked, I took a sandwich in a tupperware container with an apple and a can of Coke.
    Hunts.

  50. 50
    annette curton says:

    No, I did not say Pe* and R*ce modbot (dunce).

  51. 51
    Spotty Lizard says:

    Thanks. Out of interest, is that your calcuation or an FOI figure?

    In any event, it still seems pretty low to me. My employer subsidises our firm’s canteen as well, and it’s reflective of the fact that the cost of living in London is high.

  52. 52
    Spotty Lizard says:

    Shhh. Adults are talking.

  53. 53
    The Iron Lady packs out cinemas says:

    I have a feeling this will make Tony and Cherie so inflamed with jealousy, they’ll be demanding a glowing biopic of St Tony’s life be made. I can picture Cherie now, screaming down the phone at someone: “My Tony was the greatest prime minister! He deserves a film of his life more than Thatcher! People will queue round the block to see it! It would make tons more money than The Iron Lady has! Make it now and it better be nothing less than hagiography or else you’ll take a walk to Harrowden Hills!”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/9001871/The-Iron-Lady-sells-out-cinemas.html

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    it’s funny cos I know a disabled man who recently has had changes to his benefits, something about income support ending, he’s had his housing benefit cancelled until the changes are sorted so he’s practically got no money to live on – he’s very unwell, suicidal even – he contacted his Mps office cos he couldn’t understand what’s happening – they got in touch the next day to offer help – he’s heard nothing since – that was a month ago, they are cynical bastards cos he was suicidal and said so – MPs in touch to cover their own back NOT to be of compassionate assistance

    MPs are full of shit already so they don’t need a food subsidy

  55. 55
    The Artful Dodger says:

    Can I have some more please, sir?

    (Chorus of Troughers:

    ” Food glorious food, fried halal chicken & mustard…..” & etc”

  56. 56
    Babe Watch says:

    I don’t mind Liz Truss getting a subsidised lunch. She’s sexy.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Even a lowly backbench MP’s pay puts him in the top 10% (or 5% – I forget the figure now) salary bracket. How is it that people at that far end of the scale need help paying their dinner money?

  58. 58
    Offended by everything in the UK says:

    We, the MCB call on all UK stores to stop selling all pork products, to ban all children’s books about little piggies (including Ms Piggy) and to stop promoting any products not approved of by us first…….

  59. 59
    Is Liz Truss looking for an assistant? says:

    Babe!

  60. 60
    Engineer says:

    Do they get restaurant service, or do they have to queue up with their tray like the rest of us have to in the works canteen?

    “I’ll have the seared pigeon breast and chips, please love, and can you do us a pork pie for later?”

  61. 61
    Tuscan Tony says:

    I’m just stunned to read that the beardy moron and sometime panto dame is now a Tory backbencher.

  62. 62
    Spotty Lizard says:

    The Telegraph et al. have this subsidy at £5.8m for all of the Commons’ restaurants and bars, rather than just for MPs’ lunches.

    I can’t help feeling that this is a bit of a story in a teacup. We are talking about Britain’s legislature, after all. If it were some quango then I might feel very differently, but it’s the House of Commons.

  63. 63
    Spotty Lizard says:

    Whoops — “storm”.

  64. 64
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Fake.

  65. 65
    Glass Half Empty says:

    There’s already been at least three films about Blair’s legacy, ‘Children Of Men’, ‘Green Zone’ and ‘The Ghost Writer’, here’s hoping ‘Hunger’ was a time travel flick about him too.

  66. 66
    annette curton says:

    BBC in brackets…Capitalist bitch scores again.

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t be stupid, it was road kill from Westminster Abbey so it bleed to death anyway

  68. 68
    John Prescott says:

    My card was cloned. I never spent just under £500 a day on sandwiches at Pret. It’s a coincidence that the rascal who cloned my card always made sure to spend just below the amount that has to be openly published on expenses.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Just a little off subject but I need help as I am perplexed.

    How many countries are there in the EU?

    I had thought that there are 27?

    But in the media I only ever see Merkel and Sarkozy represented as the EU and those are the only 2 that go to meetings and make the rules.

    Am I really missing something or have we already left the EU? Or am I just a stupid and innocent toss pot?

  70. 70
    Engineer says:

    That’s a BBC canteen lunch, except they don’t bother with the sandwich or apple.

  71. 71
    Dick Dastardly says:

    Stop That (subsidised) Pigeon

  72. 72

    That’s all very well but I fancied an Edwina Murray…

    It would be discriminatory not to provide that.

  73. 73
    Diane Abbott says:

    I’m hungry. Feed me, honky!

  74. 74
    John Prescott says:

    What do mean the Giant Ria is now extinct!.

  75. 75
    Diane Abbott says:

    You crackers are crazy for calling me racist! I love you honkys!

  76. 76
    imnumbervi says:

    This is a genuine case of snouts and troughs – time it was stopped.

  77. 77
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Or even the costs of the enormous area of the rooms used to prepare, cook and serve the victuals.

  78. 78
    Uncle Tom says:

    what about the abused ethnic minority MPs? Don’t they get their own ethnic restaurants and heaven forbid that wimmin should have to eat the same fare and in the same place as men

  79. 79
    not a machine says:

    Tonys biopic mmmm Citizen Fake

  80. 80
    The BBC's unofficial spokesperson says:

    If we could report that only Tory MPs eat subsidised food and all Labour MPs brought in sandwiches we would.
    However we can’t so we’ll ignore this story.

    Thank you for your money.

  81. 81

    What a terrible thing to say of Liz Truss.

  82. 82
    pass the rope says:

    The Northern Ireland MPs might well be in their constituency…or double jobbing at Stormont as MLAs where they can trough expenses and eat delicious food for next to fuck all as well.

  83. 83
    That's what I call bad luck says:

    Guy on Deal or No Deal is down to two boxes: 50p and £5.

  84. 84
    jgm2 says:

    They already did a film about Tony Blair. ‘The Ghost’ by Robert Harris.

    Jolly good it was too.

    Practically a documentary.

  85. 85
    Billy Bowden in the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I am fead up with these fakers – eveybody who knows the real Billy knows that i dont shirk hard work when it needs to be done.

  86. 86
    Barry says:

    I suppose the subsidy is taxed as a benefit in kind!

  87. 87
    Fred The City Banker says:

    Ha, Ha.

  88. 88
    Anthony Worrall Thompson says:

    I’d like to apologise for shoplifting from Tesco. I accept it was foolish of me and that I should’ve had the good sense to at least try and steal from Waitrose or M&S.

  89. 89
    Cal Trask says:

    I think a lot of Civil Service departments do have subsidised canteens, though not to that kind of standard.

    Either way, I suspect the chances are that a lot of MPs don’t pay even the subsidised rate anyway. If MPs are working late, they can legitimately claim for a meal. If they are entertaining constituents or certain guests for lunch or tea, I think that is also a legitimate expense.

    No idea of the figures but I imagine a lot of the expense claims these days relate to eating and drinking.

  90. 90
    Frank Carson says:

  91. 91
    Fire up the Quattro says:

    Do troughing MPs pay tax on this benefit in kind?

  92. 92
    y2k says:

    Stop talking to yourself.

  93. 93
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Seared Pigeon Breast sounds more like La Mensch to me.

  94. 94
    Fire up the Quattro says:

    Sorry Barry didn’t see your comment.

  95. 95
    George Lees says:

    because they are badle paid and this is a cheap tax efficient way of keeping good staff?

  96. 96
    George Lees says:

    because they are badly paid and this is a cheap and tax efficient way of keeping good staff?

  97. 97
    That's how real gangsters roll! says:

    From the riots last summer, a teenager loots rice from Tesco. Making a gun gesture to show you’re tough when you’re stealing a bag of basmati rice is hilarious on so many levels. Brrrrap!

  98. 98
    BillyBob... says:

    Troughing barstewards…… !!

  99. 99
    BillyBob... says:

    Hate crime? I hate crime me…….. :)

  100. 100
    BillyBob... says:

    Hate crime? Methinks you are telling porkies :)

  101. 101
    Phoney Bliar says:

    I hope we don’t have to wait long before we can get the definitive biopic of Blair, Evil Dead.

  102. 102
    BillyBob... says:

    Was Diane A. first in the queue ?

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

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083998/Benefit-cap-190-families-10-children-cost-taxpayers-11m-A-YEAR.html

    Remeber this when you hear lefties crying about benifits

  104. 104
    Jeeves says:

    Yes madam.
    For starters we have Antarctic albino prawn, this will be follow by your main meal of white chick℮n meat, boiled new potatoes with white ric℮ garnish with the p℮a.
    For desert we have our special of hideousness white chocolate and vanilla ice-cream.

  105. 105
    BillyBob... says:

    Wonder if the officer asked him to say, “Cheese” for the mugshot ??

  106. 106
    BillyBob... says:

    Cheese…… ? Your career is now toast !

  107. 107
    Gastric staple says:

    And second. And third. And fourth.

    She’s on a see-food diet.

  108. 108
    ChrisB says:

    Compare MP’s meals to the quality and quantity of the one costing £2.20 at the local primary school AND our kids don’t get the extra bonus/discount of allowances (AND despite MPs saving even more money by not eating at home during the week).
    They’re on a WIN, WIN,WIN,WIN situation.

  109. 109
    Stinkfinger says:

    Elizabeth Truss demands what?
    While I was at Westminster in the early 90’s they got rid of the ‘House’ cleaning staff and employed private contractors.
    About the same time as unprecedented troughing was begun by MP’s.
    You pay more for your meals you cow not employ private firms just so you can pay the same while catering staff earn less.

  110. 110
    BillyBob... says:

    Wonder what The Squeaker had for lunch? Funded at taxpayer’s expense no doubt, or did he have some fish pie supplied by his missus?

  111. 111
    BillyBob... says:

    Actually, I wonder if he has to sit down when having her fish pie?

  112. 112
    Lord Darth Vader (Brother of Geoff) says:

    This one is wet. This one is wet. All of these trays are wet.

  113. 113
    EdButLookBalls says:

    Well it will always be feckin’ high as long as you lot down there don’t pay the full price foryour goods and services and are subsidised by the other 80% of the country who enjoy no subsidies!! FFS !

  114. 114
    BillyBob... says:

    You are toast ! your career is toast ! :)

  115. 115
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    I got caught doing the same thing in Sainsburys help yourself area
    The manager though it hiliarious when he saw my black AMEX
    “You lot are the worst”
    Then banned me from every Sainsburys for life
    24 hours later I was unbanned due to a spot of complaining
    Shoplifting really is fun
    NEVER COUGH THE JOB!
    Must try Tescos

  116. 116
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    “…. but it’s the House of Commons”. And your point is?

  117. 117
    BillyBob... says:

    “You fat barsteward”
    :)

  118. 118
    Maximus says:

    Slight semantic problems at the Staggers. Some in the party complacently assume historic anti-racist credentials are a permanent inoculation against racism. — it says.

    I think it wants to say — Some in the party complacently assume historic victim credentials are a permanent inoculation against racism.

  119. 119
    Engineer says:

    Badly paid? They’re in the top 3% of salaries in the country.

    Better pensions than everybody else, too.

  120. 120
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Even cheaper than the House of Commons!

  121. 121
    BillyBob... says:

    Crackers? Would that be Ritz or Water or Wafer or Jacobs ?? :)

  122. 122
    Special Ed says:

    Well, Red Ken got rid of those Trafalgar Square pigeons just as he vowed he would. I suppose Hugo and the Venezuelans didn’t want them?

  123. 123
    BillyBob... says:

    I just wonder how much the away day at the Olympic site cost us the taxpayer today ?

  124. 124
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    But you fell into the trap of using a word with r!ce in it! Init!

  125. 125
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    Sophie love just get your tits out, nobody gives a fu ck about what you think

    Where do women get these daft ideas from?

  126. 126
    Special Ed says:

    Don’t forget to mention the fantastic hours! i.e. work when you want to.

  127. 127
    jgm2 says:

    Proof positive that time travel doesn’t exist. Because if it did somebody would have come back from the future and killed Blair before he got started. Brown too.

  128. 128
    BillyBob... says:

    Always looked rotund like one of the Mr Men …. perhaps Mr TeaLeaf ? Mr Thieving B*stard? Mr Mugshot?

  129. 129
    Eddie Lizzard says:

    Stop stealing my jokes.

  130. 130

    Black Amex. I hope that’s not racialist.

  131. 131
    BillyBob... says:

    Says a great deal about today’s society when an arrest for theft gets Thompson a caution…… saying “Black B*stard” will get you charged and into court.

    Hate crime? I hate crime me..

  132. 132
    Diane Abbott, no stranger to subsidised food. says:

    Ray-cist!!!

    You are dividing and conquering white-boy. You must cut out this ray-cism.

  133. 133
    jgm2 says:

    Apparently he agrees that the crooks at the HoC are in some way ‘better’ than the rest of us and deserve special priviliges.

    I don’t.

    I think they’re fucking crooks and incompetents and I’ve got (at least) the past 13 years of history to prove it.

  134. 134
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    Gordon Brown

    THE IRON HOOF

    It would go down a storm in SOHO or The Hamptons

    As we all know you did

    The man who thought that toilet trading was the key to this countrys future prosperity and sold our gold for Armitage Shanks shares

  135. 135
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Lots of interesting questions there for us all to think about deeply. I would add:

    Did we ever truly join the EU in a deeply spiritual way?

    How long does Sarkozy think he will have any say once the Kaiserene has used him to cow the rest into submission?

    On the stupid and innocent toss pot question, I am seeking advise on the stupid bit.

  136. 136
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Lots of interesting questions there for us all to think about deeply. I would add:

    Did we ever truly join the EU in a deeply spiritual way?

    How long does Sarkozy think he will have any say once the Kaiserene has used him to cow the rest into submission?

    On the stupid and innocent toss pot question, I am seeking advice on the stupid bit.

  137. 137
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    It’s deja vu all over again!

  138. 138
    Special Ed says:

    Black Amex – UNLIMITED racialist.

  139. 139
    FlipC says:

    “I would to see franchises bid for on Parliamentary estate from the likes of Pret/Cafe Nero.”

    Greggs?

  140. 140
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    Then your employer is a total f****** Milliband
    Buy your own lunch or better still make it at home and bring to work

  141. 141
    Special Ed says:

    John Prescott just had an orgasm.

  142. 142
    Burnt toast .... says:

    Is it ’cause I am black.

  143. 143
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Special subsidies for lawmakers, don’t they also have special tax codes as well? Next it will be dachas Zil lanes and reserved schools for their kids.

  144. 144
    Dianne Abbot, and Plaice and Cod and Chips and Rice and Peas please says:

    Rule of the Great: When people you greatly admire appear to be thinking deep thoughts, they probably are thinking about lunch.

  145. 145
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    In this case a wing wing situation

  146. 146
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  147. 147
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    No wonder we’re all bleedin’ broke.

  148. 148
    A burnt toast ... says:

    In a palace there will be delusions of grandeur.

  149. 149
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    See Blairs motorcade down Edgware Rd and think Brompton Oratory
    Its already here

  150. 150
    David laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Police chickened out prosecuting Abbott, let us hope they apply the same standard for white folk.

  151. 151
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    Tony
    They dont have those self swipe points (extra discount for looking confused)

  152. 152
    jgm2 says:

    So when that West (?) woman gets arrested for giving a full and frank appraisal of immigrants on the Croydon tram that is racism because she has power? Really?

    Power?

    Do fuck off Lee you jackass. You’re embarrassing yourself.

  153. 153
    Rinks Scott says:

    Cameron in opposition called a press conference saying he was going to stop taxpayers subsidies in HoC canteen.

    He also managed one of his jokes about lib dims drinking habits.

    Brown lasted 13 years in high office.

    I can’t see this joker lasting long.

  154. 154
    jgm2 says:

    Brown lasted 13 years in high office.

    I am reminded of this awful fact every time I hear of our monumental deficit and national debt.

  155. 155
    jgm2 says:

    Pigeon breast is even cheaper if you shoot the damned thing yourself. Only costs 1p for an air-rifle pellet.

    Same cost as rabbits.

    Pheasants are even cheaper around our area. Just pick ‘em up off the road. Likewise venison.

    Mmmm. Nothing tastes better than free food.

    As John Prescott will affirm.

  156. 156
    Handycock Phd (Troughing) says:

    You have to remember how hard we MP’s work and how important we are. Currently, I am negotiating on behalf of the European Union on crucially important business about access to the Union from non member Eastern Europe States, for female Interns to work for politicians. This entails extensive travel in Russia, Moldova and Ukraine. When I get back to the UK and Parliament, I will be exhausted and have to catch up on my constituency work. This intense pressure we MP’s are under is good enough reason why we should have restaurants subsidised by you mug taxpayers. By the way, why wasn’t I knighted along with my old flatmate Bob Russell? Jahbulon.

  157. 157
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    Spec ed I have no career

    As to the” Unlimit” that is rubbish, and the f uckers wont even tell you what the limit is until you get humiliated in a shop then wont tell you again
    I just like whipping mine out to impress women
    And the card also helps

  158. 158
    Anonymous says:

    No problem lots of pigeons in Trafalgar Square

  159. 159
    Anonymous says:

    ‘course not, it’s an African American Mexican. Great for cleaning the pool and playing hoops with after – every home should have one.

  160. 160
    Ed Tourette says:

    I like bargain grub – fuck, fuck, c*un*ting titty fucking bastard, nackers arse – don’t you – bollox!

  161. 161
    Yvette Tourette says:

    Bollox

  162. 162
    Anonymous says:

    Which will have doubled during Cameron’s tenure. The debt that is. The deficit will of course been eliminated during the term of this govt – tee hee.

    Cut spending, cut regulation, cut taxes – there is no other way!

  163. 163
    Special Ed says:

    When last have you been to Trafalgar Square? No pigeons there anymore. They’ve got a falconer now. Very cool to watch. A bit harrowing for the kiddies when one of his birds strikes, but not a bit of crap in sight. Unless you count the ‘art’ on the fourth plinth.

  164. 164
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    Or get a cat
    My mothers has given up the job (its nearly 20) but she has another that drops of all sorts of tasty morsels as a gift in thanks for free meals
    But the airgun is cheaper, difficult in London due to neighbours
    however I have had a few squirrels and a wood pigeon
    Curried squirrel is great

  165. 165
    Special Ed says:

    So the reverse overt racism that exists in countries like Zimbabwe and South Africa today has nothing to do with the fact that black people are in power and in the majority there? What a complete clown this man is.

  166. 166
    The King's speech says:

    and….. Tits.

  167. 167
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    Mandelson arrested for shirtlifting

    Ready steady cock

  168. 168
    Special Ed says:

    Yes. That man at the Rolls Royce dealership does get terribly snooty when it comes back declined, doesn’t he?

  169. 169
    Jabba the Cat says:

    My pigeon is not subsidized, though it has usually been seared by a number of air gun pellets on the way to the oven…

  170. 170
    M says:

    What wine would you like with the mixed gill , I’ll get the tax payer outside to fetch one

  171. 171
    The General Public says:

    Brown lasted exactly as long as the leader of the Opposition was unelectable.

    Cameron will be in situ for a very long time yet.

  172. 172
    The General Public says:

    Brown lasted exactly as long as the leader of the Opposition was unelectable.

    Cameron will be in situ for a very long time yet.

  173. 173
    A Firm Pair Of Breasts says:

    Didn’t Mr Harry Cole, and possibly Guido himself, attend a save the pub event at the HoC in a subsidised bar there last year?

  174. 174
    The Beast of the embassy club says:

    They mainly get a knock back as AMEX charge such huge fees or heaven forbid you are 24 hours late with a payment and AMEX shuts you down
    I hope they go bust

  175. 175
    pond keeper says:

    come in No 135 your times oh, and you No 136 both of your times are up

  176. 176
    Sir General Anthony of Public says:

    oh gawd

  177. 177
    Anthony Worried Thomson says:

    can I have the recip, please?

  178. 178
    George Lees says:

    not fantastic hours – constituents want clever staff to sort out problems – than means pay – depends on what you compare with – if you want someone capable of getting another job…

  179. 179
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    The cost to the taxpayer is £7.30p as i have said before they get £170 per week food allowance who do you think pays for that ?

  180. 180
    Spotty Lizard says:

    No. I am not a blue-collar chav.

  181. 181
    Kriss Donald, Ross Parker, Mary-Ann Leneghan... says:

    We’re so glad you cleared that up for us Mr. Jasper.

  182. 182
    joescotus says:

    how well is all that ethnic funding you handled bearing fruit mr. jasper?

  183. 183
    pissed off voter says:

    did he have chips with it?

  184. 184
    Mornington Crescent says:

    What the hell is Elizabeth Truss talking about? Indeed, who the hell is she anyway?

    Apart from the fact she’s obviously illiterate, the debate has got nothing to do with “outsourcing” (ugh) – who the hell wants Pret or any other bog-standard ‘outlet’ for the peasants in the HoP?

    HoP’s catering is superb – keep it as it is; the debate is about the taxpayer subsidising it to an obscene level. Stupid bint.

  185. 185
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Precisely.

  186. 186
    Dreary Steeples says:

    Is the food eatable?. A friend once told when waiting in a queue for his dinner, he overheard a man tell the cashier that it takes the body 24 hours to turn food into shite, however it appears your bastards can manage to do it in the hour.

  187. 187
    Dreary Steeples says:

    Is the food eatable?. A friend once told when waiting in a queue for his dinner, he overheard a man tell the cashier that it takes the body 24 hours to turn good food into shit, however it appears your staff can manage to do it in the hour.

  188. 188
    Engineer says:

    Are they doing the job to serve the public, or to make their personal fortunes? If the latter, would they please fuck off the public payroll?

  189. 189
    Harry Benn's Pig says:

    Taxable benefits…… come on you HMRC bastards, do your job

  190. 190
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Council Tax? I bet the twats have wriggled out of that for their “Palace”
    That should save a bob or two on the catering on-costs.

  191. 191
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    I thought the Fat Abbot only ate pe8s & r1ce?

  192. 192
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Black Booty!

  193. 193
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Is it kosher, though? Pigeons = tree rats.

  194. 194
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Or the can!

  195. 195
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Yes – the lead characters were very clearly the Blairs.
    In the book & film, the PM’s wife was a long term CIA sleeper!
    Makes you think!

  196. 196
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Pasty anyone?
    (For those unable to appreciate sophisticated humour, please note that pasty can be pronounce with a long “A” vowel sound or a short “A” vowel sound. One means a tasty meat & vegetable mixture encased in pasty and one means – well – PALE)

  197. 197
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Particularly Chinese food.

  198. 198
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    No, it was tiii-iiii-iii-ii-its.

  199. 199
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    LOL


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