June 20th, 2012

Speaker Ignores Parliament Booze Subsidy

The Speaker has been talking to Total Politics about the bars in Parliament:

Are bars in Parliament a good thing, and could it operate without them?

Many members feel it’s appropriate for Parliament to have facilities in which they can entertain their constituents, and constituents very much enjoy coming here. Members lead very busy, stressful lives, and are required to be in the House long after `normal’ working hours. If they wish to unwind with a sociable beer or glass or wine with colleagues, then I see nothing wrong with that. I’m sure Parliament could survive without bars, but it would be a shame if constituents and other visitors were to lose the opportunity to be entertained here.

What do you have to say about the reporting of Parliament’s bar business, specifically talk of reduced-price alcohol or the level of ‘rowdiness’?

There are a number of myths that continue to be perpetuated, one being that the bars here serve very cheap alcohol. Since 2010, the price of alcohol served in the House has increased significantly and the prices in our bars are now comparable with high street pubs, and kept under constant review. I also don’t recognise the wilder reporting concerning `rowdiness’ on the estate. Once myths get established it’s very difficult to counter them, but in spite of that, the Commission will continue to do what it thinks is right to encourage sensible alcohol use on the estate.

Note that he does not mention the £5m subsidy, or try to pretend it does not exist – as he did on Sky News a few months ago. Those significant increases in price that he mentions were in fact a mere 5% bump. That still makes Strangers’ cheaper than any other pub in Westminster that is outside of the estate.  As for entertaining constituents and other visitors, perhaps Bercow could explain why in the areas where this can happen, such as the Strangers’ Dining Room, it’s twice as expensive as the Members’ dining room. Only George Galloway is calling for the bars to be closed, but why should we have to pay for them?


  1. 1
    That is all says:

    Bercow is a wanker.


  2. 2
    Sally Ho! says:



  3. 4
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    We are all in this (bar) together


  4. 5
    Speaker says:

    Its only £5m. Btw why is Cleggie in Rio?


    • 10
      Socialism Ate My Future says:

      Signing us up to some weird Economic killing “subsidy” in the name of “climate change” no doubt.


      • 49
        Archer Karcher says:

        The average cost of creating a single “green” job is 250k. What a bargain, we will be as bust as the PIIGS very soon now.


    • 74
      Tony Bliar didnt fool me says:

      my money is on dirty whores….


  5. 6
    Bishop's Finger says:

    “…the prices in our bars are now comparable with high street pubs…”?

    You’re paying £4.00 a pint, are you John? That’s OK then.

    We’re all in this together.


  6. 8
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Any plan to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed on the premises at Westminster, or any attempt to raise the pr!ces, is bound to go belly-up, as that’s what MP’s et al would prefer to do– belly up to the bar!


  7. 11
    Is this a veiled compliment to Gorgeous George? says:

    “Only George Galloway is calling for the bars to be closed, but why should we have to pay for them?”


    • 20

      Yeah, well Georgey is a born again camel jockey now. Give it another 5 years and he’ll be married to a Venusian, and it’ll be “Remove all reference to Dan Dare from the Commons library, as he is a Mekon facist”


    • 51
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      George Galloway making the rules about drinking is a bit like Joe Ratzinger making the rules about sex, wouldn’t you say? (At least from an official public standpoint.)


  8. 14

    Someone MUST have put him up to it.


  9. 15
    SAS NOT !!! says:

    Add to that Guido these expenses.

    Priti Patel Tory MP for Witham 40 miles from Westminster

    Train costs £25 return in peak hours….Priti Patel not so keen on the train, never caught it. So she either:

    Hires a Car , Cost = £180 a day
    Gets a taxi, Cost £60 a day
    Uses own car, Cost £45 a day…Cost of fuel = approx £18, due to generous mileages expenses claims £45 ( Nice )

    Fiver for lunch seems quite insignificant to this nutters travel expenses…Don’t you think


    • 43
      anon says:

      5 pounds a day?
      5 million subsidy between 650 MPs attending max 200 days a year would suggest you are using Gordon’s abacus TaT.


    • 61
      Owain Glyndwr says:

      why don’t you just shut the phuck up


    • 64
      Trahison des Clercs says:

      Hello Snoddie, boring as usual. Why aren’t back at school in the Remedial Class?


  10. 16
    Rat's arse says:

    Bercow is absolutely deluded. He was a half ‘decent?’ MP at one time, but now, with the help of his crazy wife, he is totally bonkers.
    If you ever needed evidence of this, just watch his performance at PMQs. How the little tw*t loves the sound of his own sanctimonious voice.

    Can anything be done to remove this f**l ?


  11. 18
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Ah, so the subsidised bars and restaurants are for the constituents’ benefit…
    So please put one in my home town so I don’t have to travel to London to experience this benefit.
    A. Taxpayer.


  12. 21
    Silent Bob's interpreter says:



  13. 23
    2 star says:

    On a practical note: Will the subterranean Westminster BP franchise still be selling premium unleaded at 83 pence a litre?


  14. 30
    SAS NOT !!! says:

    Surely you should be all over on on mongomensch.com


  15. 40

    What you fail to mention time and time again is that the subsidised price of £7.80p is also paid by the tax payer as well as the £5.93p out of the £470 per month we give these lowlife fuckers in food allowances to feed their fucking fat faces with


    • 45
      Schoolboy studying for a GCSE says:

      Can we actually kill them by frantically typing, though?


      • 66
        PIKEY PADDY'S FINGER says:

        Maybe if you typed Trough it might help ?


      • 67
        Lord Gus O'Donnell says:

        Good point!

        The only way to rid ourselves of these vermin would be to appoint a dictator. But they are always portrayed as the baddies.

        The whole point of anarchistic, libertarian democracies is reduced governance, reduced state. When we demand that they fix things, all they do is string us along with theatrics. It’s the whole point of their existence, to fool the rest of us that they are actually governing anything. Let the free markets rip.

        Where’s Dave and Nick btw?


  16. 42
    Oink Oink says:

    see above


  17. 44
    It all started in America says:


  18. 58
    DR says:

    Bercow is a serial propagandist in the same league as Goebbels … both little liars!


  19. 59
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    I know, I know complete bad taste, but the troll bercow greeting train crash sally after night out.


    once again sorry


  20. 68
    Lobby alchy says:

    I know Guido is never invited any more, but mini-Guido can confirm to him that the prices in Stranger’s ARE now comparable to – and in some cases MORE than – local pubs. It’s painful to buy a round there now.


  21. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Close the bars? – i’ve seen you enjoy them enough.


  22. 77
    Cressida's Dick says:

    Bercow. You really are a complete cock.

    ‘Members lead very busy, stressful lives, and are required to be in the House long after `normal’ working hours’.

    Join the rest of us mate.


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