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.



    • 11
      Atar says:

      I hope all of our MPs expire through cholesterol poisoning.



    • 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.


    • 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.


      • 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?


        • 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.


        • 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.


      • 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?


      • 114
        Dave Laws says:

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


    • 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”


      • 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 ?


      • 82
        D Draper says:

        I dunno.

        Seek help. from a qualified practitioner.


        • 86
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

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


          • D Draper says:

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


    • 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.


    • 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 .


  2. 2
    Nu Attack Dog says:

    Let them eat cake


    • 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….


  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


    • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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.


  6. 7
    Tooth fairy says:

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


  7. 9
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “9o pence.”

    Sacks the intern!!!!!


  8. 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.


    • 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.


      • 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.


        • 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.


          • jgm2 says:

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


          • Tessa Tickles says:

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


          • Tax Payer says:

            Ernst & Young, eh?

            So it’s their money that they are spending.


          • 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.


          • 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.


    • 22
      Voter says:

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


    • 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.


  9. 20
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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



  10. 23

    Difficult for other local hospitality establishments to better that subsidy.

    No wonder Little Chef have packed it in.


    • 39
      sockpuppet #4 says:

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


    • 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.


  11. 30
    Raving Loon says:

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


  12. 31
    pissed off voter says:

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


  13. 33
    lola says:

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


  14. 37
    annette curton says:

    Like a Roman Banquet.


  15. 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


    • 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..


    • 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.


      • 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.


  16. 43
    a non says:

    10 minute rule bill


  17. 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.


  18. 50
    John Prescott says:

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


  19. 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


  20. 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 ?


    • 60
      annette curton says:

      Sounds like Anthony Warrel Thompson again.


    • 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.


      • 64
        annette curton says:

        400 squids costs a lot of money.


      • 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.


        • 94
          annette curton says:

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


  21. 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.


  22. 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.


  23. 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 ?


  24. 65
    Antony Wally Thompson says:

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


  25. 67
    chuckie money says:


  26. 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.


  27. 75
    I don't need no doctor says:

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


  28. 78
    Gordon Brown says:

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


  29. 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!


    • 88
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

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


    • 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


  30. 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


  31. 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.


  32. 95
    not now cato says:

    £6.75 ?

    £0.0 after expenses.


  33. 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.


  34. 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.


  35. 106
    Hillary Clinton, US Sec'y of State says:

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



  36. 107
    Xavier Onassis says:

    Glazed enormous belly of thieving MP, more like!


  37. 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.


  38. 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


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