January 24th, 2012

MPs’ Chinese Subsidy

Given it is Chinese New Year today the exclusively MPs-only Member’s Dining Room is offering some specials; for starters oriental vegetables with pink ginger, toasted sesame seeds and soy dressing for only £2.05 (after the £1.53 subsidy) followed by the seasonal winter vegetable and lemon stir-fry with hazelnut couscous for a mere £6.75 after the taxpayer chips in £5.13 of subsidy. Gùng héi faat chōi, indeed…

Look at this subsidy another way, it will take a worker on minimum wages 7 hours to pay the taxes required to subsidise today’s two-course celebratory Chinese New Year lunch for one MP. Someone should tell the MPs it is the Year of the Dragon, not the pig…


  1. 1
    Just Do It! says:

    Send for the Gunpowder!

    Just so wong!

  2. 2
    End of the Piers Show says:

    First Thames Water, next Parliamentary wind

  3. 3
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    We MP’s work incredibly hard and deserve subsidised meals in the House. Without them, where would I take my girlfriends? Here is an example of how incredibly hard I work. Boaz.

  4. 4
    His Lardship John Prescott says:

    Gung ho fat boy! Where’s them chinks?

  5. 5
    Lard Pressclot says:

    Houses of Parliament food makes me sick.

  6. 6
    bad witbooi says:

    its plain old wrong. String the fuckers up!

  7. 7
    Jack Dromey says:

    I won’t apologise for washing this down with a bottle of Chablis because I’m All Right Jack Dromey

  8. 8
    Axl says:

    Chinese democracy

  9. 9
    John Bellingham says:

    MPs also recently alled for people to avoid alcohol for two days a week. Does this mean that they will close their subsidise bars for two day per week and not get so pissed that they cannot vote?

  10. 10
    Chief Psychiatrist to the Royal Family says:

    Look at his shifty eyes. He cannot even look at the camera straight. A sure sign of a dodgy ‘wrong un.’

  11. 11
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    While the Country goes too the WALL. The Grace and Favour help yourself gravey train for the Great and the GOOD. The greatest fiddlers on the planet. TAX SPONGERS.

  12. 12
    Gonk says:

    You want elitest detached crooks with that.

  13. 13
    Mark Reckless says:


  14. 14
    A Banker says:

    I believe all of this is my fault.

  15. 15
    Asset Stripping Predator says:

    don’t forget me! I am responsible too!

  16. 16
    Nonanimouse says:

    I hope this subsidy is a taxable benefit!

    Seriously, if my employer paid me by buying stuff that I would otherwise buy (like say bottles of wine) then I’d be taxed on it. I think the HMRC should be looking into whether this and the private bar is a taxable benefit for MPs.

  17. 17
    Nikita Pantidropoff says:

    You go too far and too fast Mr Handycock.

  18. 18
    SouthEastVoter says:

    Can they claim £1.62 on expenses as well?

  19. 19
    Taxpayer says:

    Could we borrow another idea from the Chinese and get one of those “special vans” to call around the back of the HoC?

  20. 20

    Let them eat cake!

  21. 21
    A W-Thompson says:

    Today I am going to tell you about my latest tip for shopping at Tesco. Fed up carrying lots of cash around with you and unhelpful check-out assistants? Well, I use the self-service tills which also accept credit cards but, to save money, I simply swipe the goods instead of the card! Remember every little helps.

  22. 22
    They're all the same says:

    It’d be no better if they were eating homemade gruel from a thermos flask.

    650 people cannot represent 70 million people.

  23. 23
    Sophie says:

    The UK is now 1 trillion pounds in debt.

    Even though we are taxed to death & beyond now, the Con / Lib / Lab cabal of crooks still have their noses in the trough.

    I would not trust any of them to run a business properly.

    Voting for any of the main three is a form of mental illness.

    Blue Labour & the economics of Balls & Brown, adhered to strictly by Heathite Cameron & Osbourne, out.

  24. 24
    Moscow Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

    Here is another example of me working incredibly hard. Is it any wonder the ladies go mad for me when I am so incredibly handsome?

  25. 25
    Very Cruel and highly Unusual Punishments says:

    Let me have the f***ers, – just for few hours! Only to help their digestion you understand!

  26. 26
    D says:


  27. 27
    Nina says:

    Shouldn’t this subsidy be shown on the proposed itemised tax bill?

    Booze for MPs………………. £100
    Food subsidy for MPs ……….£100
    Duck houses, non existent mortgages etc £300
    Golden handshakes & pensions for MPs……£500

  28. 28

    Can I claim my subsidy at KFC?

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    These liblabcons are all thieving cυnts.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Do you really expect anything else from MP’s these days?

    We all know this is of course completely unjustifiable considering the mess the country is in which was of course created by them in the first place!. Is there an MP out there who seeks to defend this at the same time as they cut the benefits to the vulnerable(although in some cases well justified)? Come on, you are supposed to be articulate, it won’t take you long, just to write up your support for this tax subsidy. Any one?

    MP’s are just now in the same category as tv celebrities, estate agents and bankers. All there for their own grandisement.

    In any case, shouldn’t this be taxed as a benefit in kind?

    I’m not working any more just so I can pay taxes so that arse holes like MP’s can benefit from my hard work. I’d rather burn it or use it to wipe my arse than let them get hold of it.

  31. 31
    Troughing says:

    Guido, why don’t you name and shame the 19 troughing MPs who logged complaints about the subsidised food, including complaints about the chips served.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    And there’s me trodding off to Iceland, Lidle and Aldi just to see what I can get for under a pound these days.

    They know how to keep us in our place don’t they?

  33. 33
    Tessa Tickles says:

    And it’s because of those 650 people we’ve got 70million living here. This would be a pleasant lightly-populated country if it wasn’t for our MPs.

  34. 34
    The Whites have stolen our carnival. Diane Abbott says:

    “The carnival is different too. Every year you see an increasing number of grimly determined young white people playing steel pans. They have learnt it at school, in the name of multiculturalism. And every year the carnival becomes a little less intrinsically West Indian.”


  35. 35
    nellnewman says:

    And no doubt gordy will be using his expenses budget to travel down to the HoC on Wednesday to grab a cheap meal for Burns Day.

  36. 36
    Richard Madeley says:

    Indeed it does!

  37. 37
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “I would not trust any of them to run a business properly.”

    George Osborne has a share in his family-run business, apparently. Rather worryingly, it made a £750,000 loss last year.

  38. 38
    Tessa Tickles says:

    No. The national debt is already £1trillion and rising.

    We don’t want to double it.

  39. 39
    Diane Abbott MP says:

    Excepting Jamaica

  40. 40
    Digger says:

    Our allotment costs £22 a year. Seeds obviously cost something as well but if you grow your own stuff you can eat incredibly cheaply. And no fucking pesticides sprayed on everything either.

  41. 41
    Albert hall says:

    Ha so!!

  42. 42
    Gordon Brown says:

    It started in America.

  43. 43
    Albert hall says:

    Welcome to the jungle

  44. 44
    Tessa Tickles says:

    We all seem to be coming to that conclusion. Our MPs are nothing more than gangsters. I wonder at what point the acclaimed British patience is going to snap, followed by the snapping of our MPs’ necks when they drop from the gallows.

  45. 45
    Ying Tong Yiddle I Po says:

    Chinese New Year was yesterday.

  46. 46
    Diane Abbott MP says:

    My mother, took the banana boat.

  47. 47
    We're all in this together says:

    I won’t criticise Droner for drinking alcohol (although neat isopropyl might be more appropriate)- remember what he’s going home to.

  48. 48
    Disco Dave says:

    Yes. No receipt needed either.


  49. 49
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Ah, Diane Abbot: racist bigot and leading-lady of the Parasite Party. She rams multiculturalism down our throats, but when we try to participate she hates us even more.

  50. 50
    Disco Dave says:

    The UK is at least 4 trillion in debt.

    Pensions black hole and PPP.

  51. 51
    Gordoom Broone says:

    Indeed they can’t, so I’ve done my bit by reducing the number of MP’s who represent their constituents by one!

  52. 52
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Hopefully the only burns that day will be fourth degree, all over Brown’s body when his low-carbon flight crashes in a field somewhere.

  53. 53
    Disco Dave says:

    You can grow meat and fish, coffee, tea and 7up on your allotment?


    Where do you get the seeds?

  54. 54
    Gonk says:

    Your last sentence has a resonance and clarity of meaning which
    I like very much. That, is a good sentence.

  55. 55
    chucka outa says:

    I once took her home after a night out. Jamaica? No, she wanted to talk about private education for her kid instead of lurve.

  56. 56
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I grow meat in the garden.
    and the “seeds” come from a cock.
    stop it.

  57. 57
    A W-Thompson says:

    I am but an amateur, I just took the bananas.

  58. 58
    Student Loan Company says:

    4th Degree -that’ll need a very big loan.

  59. 59
    Sum Ting Wong says:

    What’s the taxpayer subsidy on humble pie?

    Oh sorry, that will never ever be on the menu.

  60. 60
    Nonanimouse says:

    If a scotsman criticised a West Indian for learning the bagpipes he’s be torn apart!

    Not that I’m wholly against that, you understand, but that’s not the point.

  61. 61
    M says:

    Perhaps the 2 day abstinence could be used for drawing up policies !

    “not you Millibandwagon for all you could come up with , might as well stay at the bar”

  62. 62
    Tracey says:

    It’s not the food sweetie, it’s the amount you eat. How’s Pauline still refusing to live in London?

  63. 63
    The Central Scrutinizer says:

    Everythings hidden!

    When we begin to see how they spend our taxes (as in the expenses scandal, the pilgrim disgrace – and now in their subsidised lunchtime jollies) we see the underlying fact which is that politicians and state bureuacrats spend other people’s money with very little care. They think its a bottomless pit – AND no-one’s looking.

    I reckon 25% of state spending is wasted. The more we look – the more we see….

    Keep up the updates Guido. This menu madness is beginning to get to the heart of the matter. It might seem like small potatoes (excuse the pun) but putting it in terms of minimum wage taxes is very powerful.

  64. 64
    Huge Grunt says:

    What a bunch of ah-sos. I do like a bit of Chinese myself.

  65. 65
    Dim Sum says:


  66. 66
    Bristol Boy says:

    Looks like Katya had a walk-on part in that video clip…. We can guess that all these girls (and the nurses) got a teddy and a cuddle afterwards.

  67. 67
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    I have a nice little wager available.

    My crisp £50 says that the figures that are quoted for the subsidies by the “Management” do not include the cost of electricity, gas and water and the cost of the space used to prepare, cook, serve and get the tucker eaten. My bet is that it only covers the cost of the food and the staff less the meagre income.

    Any takers?

  68. 68
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:


  69. 69
    Evil Landlord says:

    Plus the extra £400 per month they can claim for food – no receipt required !

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