January 11th, 2012

Each MPs’ Lunch Subsidy Costs Six Hospital Meals

Hungry? After PMQs our honourable MPs will toddle off to their private and exclusive riverside dining rooms.  Today the “quince glazed belly of pork with savoy cabbage & white bean stew” sounds tasty, especially at the penny-saving price of £6.75. It’s only that cheap because of the £5.27 subsidy from our pockets. Incidentally that subsidy alone is the equivalent of six hospital meals, that we learn today, cost just 90 pence. Gives you a real sense of political priorities.

Enough to put any decent person off their lunch…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Cheap hospital food good.

    Subsidised expensive food bad.


  2. 2
    Nu Attack Dog says:

    Let them eat cake

  3. 3
    Chukka says:

    I’ve got a mouth-full of Luciana’s Burger for a quid!

  4. 4
    Diversity Rep says:

    “quince glazed belly of pork”

    Is it halal? or is this more white man’s racism?

  5. 5
    Troughing MP says:

    nom nom nom

  6. 6
    Ms Berger says:

    I can’t wait to gobble Chukkas quarter pounder

  7. 7
    Tooth fairy says:

    Don’t suppose there is a Webcam in the dining room so we can drool over them scoffing their grub…..????

  8. 8
    A Rab says:

    halhal pork!!!! – there’s an idea!! NOT!!!

  9. 9
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “9o pence.”

    Sacks the intern!!!!!

  10. 10
    Anthony Worral-Thompson says:

    I’ll get the cheese

  11. 11
    Atar says:

    I hope all of our MPs expire through cholesterol poisoning.


  12. 12
    Chukka says:

    Can I have a shake with that?

  13. 13
    Lord Mandy says:

    It’s just a McNugget.

    Don’t bother

  14. 14
    Ed Tourette says:

    fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap WANK!

  15. 15
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “Enough to put any decent person off their lunch…”

    Our MPs’ behaviour is enough to put any decent person off a career in politics.

    Ah, it has.

  16. 16
    Fawkes' NHS obseity counsellor says:

    Oh dear, all this talk of food means young Master Fawkes has put on another two hundredweight, and can no longer see his 2″ cock. I’ve advised him to have his implants taken out, on the NHS, but he says they’re real.

  17. 17
    Electric Camembert says:

    You Feta lot of free lunches haven’t you dear?

  18. 18
    Rog says:

    How much is this meal in the Stranger’s Bar?

    Why are MPs being subsidised, when they “earn” so much?

    Guido, name and shame individual troughers – the more hypocritical the better!

    Total bastards.

  19. 19
    Handycock Phd (Troughing) says:

    So what. I am on two sets of expenses, as an MP and a Councillor with cabinet responsibility in Portsmouth, pay £27k per annum plus expenses. My wife is a Councillor (and she can’t spell either) and at one time my daughter was, so there were there of us city councillors, I was an MP as well and also a County Councillor on Hampshire County Council. Pensions attached to all these positions as well, Oink oink! If Bob Russell gets knighted for public services then I should at least get a Peerage. Please fix it for me Grand Master, Boaz. Off for my subsidised lunch now.
    Riding around in my Range Rover Evoque
    looking for young girls to pick up and poke.

  20. 20
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “quince glazed belly of pork with savoy cabbage & white bean stew”


  21. 21

    Wassast you say Tessa? Spe#ak up Girl! Always noisy in here after PMQs.
    And Friday lunch too. MPs need to get a feed in before the long, long 35 min commute back home.

  22. 22
    Voter says:

    And people have stopped voting and they can’t understand why?

  23. 23

    Difficult for other local hospitality establishments to better that subsidy.

    No wonder Little Chef have packed it in.

  24. 24
    Anthony Worral-Thompson says:

    Certainly have. I need to cheddar few pounds.

  25. 25
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I know a wholesaler on the South Coast that sells Halal lamb that’s been stored in the freezers alongside pork.

    Not technically Halal pork, but not quite 100% Halal lamb, either.

  26. 26
    Curious says:

    Yes, any chance of getting a list of individual MPs who have been scoffing at our expense? How many covers a day does this subsidised restaurant serve?

  27. 27
  28. 28
    Ms Berger says:

    Stick it between my buns Chukka

  29. 29
    not a regular commenter says:

    Enough already, E.

  30. 30
    Raving Loon says:

    They should go to Pret or get a bento box like everyone else.

  31. 31
    pissed off voter says:

    MPs gorging on subsidised belly of pork? Surely that is a form of cannibalism.

  32. 32
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Do our moral guardians, our custodians, our ‘betters’, not sit at their silver-service tables, looking at the food that we’ve bought for them, and not think, “this is wrong. I make £65,000 p/a, I can and should pay for this myself”?

    The fact that they obviously don’t tells you all you need to know about the character of our 646 MPs.

  33. 33
    lola says:

    Recent experience of Papworth. Clinically superb, but the food nearly killed me…

  34. 34
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Doesn’t someone with white overalls wok for them?

  35. 35
    Lord Mandy says:

    I’ll have his onion ring if you’re not having it.

  36. 36

    Private sector wallahs all get a good lunch too. Par for the course in the city.
    Ernst & Young over Southwark way has a first class menu.

  37. 37
    annette curton says:

    Like a Roman Banquet.

  38. 38
    me says:

    I recently had a spell in hospital for an emergency operation and I can tell you that for the particular hospital I was in, the food tasted and looked like it cost 90p

  39. 39
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I know. All those boarded up chip shops in Westminster are a right eyesore.

  40. 40
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Little Chef had an offer about 6 years ago; you got a token with every meal, and with 5 tokens you got a free flight to New York.

    It was enough to get me into a Little Chef for the first time in years, but aside from the fact there was bound to be a catch buried somewhere in the smallprint, I had one meal and decided I’d rather pay full price for a flight to NY than endure the horror of eating Little Chef’s ‘food’ four more times.

  41. 41
    Lard Prezza of Greggs says:

    4 quince glazed belly of porks with savoy cabbage & white bean stew please and same for Pauline

  42. 42
    lola says:

    If it’s NHS it’s made in a factory in Wales, freeze dried and shipped out all over to be nuked up in a microwave on the ward. The ‘roast pork’ I tried turned to grainy earth in my mouth and the ‘roast potatoes’ reverted to raw smash. Plus as you know all medics are fixated on yer bowells, which isn’t surprising when yours get compacted by all this crap..

  43. 43
    a non says:

    10 minute rule bill

  44. 44
    Mark Oaten says:

    That looks just the jobby

  45. 45
    Tessa Tickles says:

    My dad was recently in NHS West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds after a stroke.

    Whether or not the food tasted like it cost 90p, we shall never know, as the staff left him lying in his own shit and piss, with the food out of his reach.

  46. 46
    jgm2 says:

    Perhaps. But I bet the lads at E&Y work more than 20 weeks in the year.

  47. 47
    Lord Pret of Hull and Pies says:

    4 quince glazed belly of porks with savoy cabbage and loads of chips and same for the wife!

  48. 48
    Tessa Tickles says:

    So what? It doesn’t come out of my taxes.

  49. 49
    Jebediah says:


    You might have a point, but it’s pretty minimal stuff. Don’t spend your political capital on trivia. They’ll make fun of you for this.

  50. 50
    John Prescott says:

    Doesn’t put me off my lunch. Garsonny! I want fourths!

  51. 51
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Antony Worrall Thompson’s latest recipe.
    Take 500g of cheese,
    Then another one,
    Then another one

  52. 52
    Newly qualified NHS nurse says:

    I’ve got a nursing degree you know. I’m too good to do actual nursing.

    Did I mention I’ve got a degree which means that I get to order an immigrant auxiliary nurse with actual practical nursing skills to do the nursing that I’m too good to do. Because I’ve got a degree. And because I’ve got a degree in nursing instead of that fuddy-duddy old three-year learning-on-the-job qualification that nurses used to get then I should be paid more money than them. Because I have a degree. In nursing.

    I’m a key worker I am. Now, work harder so you can pay me the wages a degree-qualified key-worker such as myself deserves. And pay more tax. My pension doesn’t pay itself you know.

  53. 53
    Tax Payer says:

    Ernst & Young, eh?

    So it’s their money that they are spending.

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter & Killing) Regulations 1995 (as amended) permits an exemption from the stunning before killing requirement for the ritual killing of animals for food for m uslims and juice. Thus slaughtering animals by the halal and kosher methods for consumption by kaffirs and goyim is a criminal offence. Surprise, surprise, the FSA inspectors ignore this.

  55. 55
    Evil Landlord says:

    On top of a cheap meal in the restaurant every day , they can also claim £400 per month for food with no need to provide any receipts.

    All in this together ?

  56. 56
    annette curton says:

    Standards have slipped everywhere, the goats get their throats cut facing the Bingo Hall.

  57. 57
    Pauleff says:

    And at the end of all that “cheap” food, can they still go and have a ciggy in the bar with their subsidized after meal drink?

  58. 58
    Theories says:

    I went to see The Iron Lady (if you’ve not seen it, it’s very good). I’d only known the basic details about Airey Neave’s death as I was still a toddler when it happened. After the film, I looked him up on Wikipedia to learn more and was startled to read there’s a conspiracy theory which many strongly believe in. They say it was an inside job because he was planning to go after high ranking figures in intelligence for corruption. It’s rather scary if true.

  59. 59
    nellnewman says:

    I doubt militwit will fancy lunch after that rather disastrous performance at pmq’s.

    poor lad really beginning to feel sorry for him.

  60. 60
    annette curton says:

    Sounds like Anthony Warrel Thompson again.

  61. 61
    Taxpayer says:

    You’re an angel!

    Here, have some more money.

  62. 62
    Lord Pret of Hull and Pies says:

    We use the 400 quid for a damn good blow-out Chinese every month and frankly, with my appetite it’s not enough.

  63. 63
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    Why don’t you read your own posts Guido ?
    You stated last week that Mp’s get a food allowance of £170 per week or as you put it £8,500 per year . This will be used to purchase these cut price meals Thus as i have said every time you post a picture The cost to MP@s is Nothing The cost to the Tax Payer is the full amount !
    Surely you of all people should know MP’s pay for nothing ,
    Houses , travel Home and abroad , Home improvements, cleaning , gardening , Gas , electric Food, staff , white goods any type of electrical equipment stationary , phone bill’s computers (For all their family and friends) tickets for sporting and other major events and on and on These fucking parasites live of us the people so why keep putting them in a good light by saying we only pay the subsidy when we pay for the fucking LOT ?

  64. 64
    annette curton says:

    400 squids costs a lot of money.

  65. 65
    Antony Wally Thompson says:

    90p? I could rustle them up a lunch for nothing.

  66. 66

    Look..not picking on the bean counters. Just sayin’ they have a subs nosh.

    But MPs are just as important as working people. Maybe even more important?

    Its hard work presiding over the nation. Long hours too. One needs a big bowl of energy if one is going to fuck up an an economy as large as the UK.

  67. 67
    chuckie money says:

  68. 68
  69. 69
    Goddess, Empress, Dictator Frau Merkel says:

    This is nothing compared to our troughing over here. Guess what, you mug britisher taxpayers are funding it ha ha.

  70. 70
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Why does John Prescott’s name immediately spring to mind when I see the words “Glazed belly of pork”

  71. 71
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    More like Toad in the Hole

  72. 72
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Maria Eagle is currently speaking in the house. She looks as if she has covered her hair in the glaze from the pork.

  73. 73
    Lord Fat Cat Prescott says:

    Good idea, the MP who has eaten the nost at our expense will be awarded the Prescott prize . This could be presented by Baron Prescott himself in an NHS hospital at lunchtime.

  74. 74
    musical interlude says:

  75. 75
    I don't need no doctor says:

    2:11 comment moderated. For fuck’s sake what a pile of shit.

  76. 76
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Private sector organisations tend not to have booze on the menu in the cafeterias. Nor do they run subsidised bars on site.

  77. 77
    Lord Fat Cat Prescott says:

    More importantly why does Prescotts gluttony which he financed using the public purse spring to mind every time hes on bleating about working class people ?

  78. 78
    Gordon Brown says:

    i prefer the stench of my en-suite to a pork dinner

  79. 79
    Ah! Monika says:


  80. 80
    A Teacher says:

    i am a graduate too

  81. 81
    WVM says:

    Can’t see that getting in the top 40.

  82. 82
    D Draper says:

    I dunno.

    Seek help. from a qualified practitioner.

  83. 83
    Widescreen2010 says:

    £12 a pop for a pork belly lunch (one of the least expensive cuts of meat available) looks rather OTT, so the ‘subsidised’ cost looks about fair.
    An inexpensive cut, but damn tasty. Excellently paired with cabbage and mash. A classic.
    I must say, I do like the MP’s lunch menu:-
    Pigeon, beef and belly pork.
    No namby-pamby rabbit-food nonsense.
    For once they’re setting a good example: bigger lunches for British workers!

  84. 84
    BBC says:

    Ewww, hideously white!

  85. 85
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    I can feed myself very well for £5 a day
    Very very well
    I spend more but its my money
    Porridge and a banana 50p
    Steak , potatoes, carrots, brocolli, butter and soup £3
    Left over chicken and veg £1
    lentil dhal20p
    mashed frozen banana and cream 30 p

    I dont actually count pennies but that is what you can do
    Make the fucking wankers live in a bedsit and cook their own food
    Anthony feral Thompson could maybe give them a few tips on saving money
    Though that would send Tesco shares southwards

  86. 86
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Is your title of “Psychotherapist” supposed to be one word or three?

  87. 87
    smoggie says:

    Presumably these exact numbers can only be known if Guido has access to the catering contractor’s rates which are being compared to the menu price list.

  88. 88
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    No wonder Prescott, Pickles, Watson et al are so fucking fat

  89. 89
    Lord Fat Cat Prescott says:

    I stuffed my face to the max courtesy of the Tax Payer, in fact I helped myself to the equivilent of three working class families food budget each month. Fortunately Im blameless as Its an illness which fortnately came to light when it was revealed what I was up to.

  90. 90
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    oirish tastes
    bacon and bubble and squeak

    No wonder the fuckers all move over here in their caravans

  91. 91
    D Draper says:

    Listen luv, its not me sat about thinking about john Prescotts naked and glistening torso. Well, not very often.

  92. 92

    When I’m the English Revolutionary-Liberalist-Government’s first Principal-Secretary-of-State-for-War, war just like charity will begin at home. There’ll be rather fewer MPs and they will “sit” infrequently, only when required to come and vote on something important like the sacking of another two million “council employees” and the confiscation of their “pensions”. The food provided in the Westmister dormitory-floors used as accommodation during “sittings” will cost 90p a meal, but they won’t have to pay for it themselves.

    The qualifications for being able to “enter Parliament” will also change. It will no longer be a “career choice” for “activists”. Activists have been the abiding problem for the last 150-odd years.

  93. 93
    Richard Madeley says:

    It can happen to any of us

  94. 94
    annette curton says:

    It’s a poorly understood medical condition known in the profession as gluttony in extremis.

  95. 95
    not now cato says:

    £6.75 ?

    £0.0 after expenses.

  96. 96
    Non-ferrous,organic post processed bark, polyethane waste seperationTechnician says:

    I is got a dregree two. In waste and management of waste and stuff.
    It really helps when I have to no if the blu crate goes in the front or the back of the truck.

  97. 97
    not now cato says:


  98. 98
    Boutros Boutros-Car Key says:

    Let them eat at Pret A Manger like everyone else.

    They also get free parking in Westminster (look at the cars outside Parliament) but are happy to see parking rates go up for everyone else.

    Greedy piggies….

  99. 99
    We're all at it together says:

    Stormont menu

    Soup of the day large 96p, small 72p
    Lasagne, garlic bread and salad: £2.50
    Feta, spinach and mushroom roulade: £2.30
    Baked haddock with herb and garlic crust served with Mediterranean veg: £3.38
    Chicken California: £2.76
    Pork sausages with onions and torpedo roll: £1.60
    Mint chocolate cheesecake: 90p

    Subsidised food at Stormont’s canteen costs taxpayers about £500,000 a year, according to a member of the body which manages the assembly.

  100. 100
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    And just where do you get free left over chickens from ? lol

  101. 101
    Me & Me. says:

    Just put sum.mit on epetitions…

    No doubt the mp’s will accept it. Low effort High return.

  102. 102
    Me & Me. says:

    Why doesn’t “am I pretty, buy my book” media tart of an mp campaign for lower subsidies. ……..Just up her publicity seeking street.

  103. 103
    Richard Madeley says:

    It works over a week you thick c unt

  104. 104
    imnumbervi says:

    So these bastards get a subsidised restaurant as a canteen and can then claim back what the little do pay as expenses?
    If so, they are all c_unts in my opinion.

  105. 105
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Queen Street says:

    On the job Mike. We are getting a bit short of funds here in Grand Lodge, can you get your ‘boys’ in Portsmouth to send us a bung? This will certainly oil the wheels for your Peerage, just as it did for your CBE, granted for services to charity, when the charity you were working for, Mencap, actually fired you. Boaz.

  106. 106
    Hillary Clinton, US Sec'y of State says:

    Remind me to get into pork belly futures, Bill, will you?


  107. 107
    Xavier Onassis says:

    Glazed enormous belly of thieving MP, more like!

  108. 108
    Former Colleague says:

    OK Handy – but you forgot to mention the ‘other expenses’ in the form of backhanders from your development pals. Most of us believe these payments are much more important and can help to explain the villa in Spain, your two new cars as well as the generous donations to the Liberal Democrat party.

  109. 109
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    Daft question really Tat !
    Of course you get yours out of the bins behind the local curry house !
    Being a piss soaked tramp and all !

  110. 110
    julian gardner says:

    I went into Dewsbury General to have my appendix removed, 2 days later the meal list came around and it was fish day, now as i dont eat fish i asked for the curry dish.

    When the delivery came i was given the vegetarian meal, asking the numpty, i was told that “only asians” are allowed to have the curry meals.

  111. 111
    M says:

    If anyone’s knows the series “supersizers” where they go through the ages eating in the fashion of the times .
    Try Commissioning a program in the same vain of MPs eating in these times , see how far you get , I bet you couldn’t get it made .

  112. 112
    the beast of the embassy club says:

    Same in prison

  113. 113
    the beast of the embassy club says:

    Anthony feral Thompson claims to be sick

    Not surprised after all the stuff the fat fucker stole then ate and drank

  114. 114
    Dave Laws says:

    Fatty Soames and Eric the Pickles must be prime candidates. Johhny Prescott is now in another place.

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