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. 3
    Sally Ho! says:

    Snap! What do we win?

  4. 4
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    We are all in this (bar) together

  5. 5
    Speaker says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 7
    bi-curious says:

    How’s SL going, E?

  8. 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!

  9. 9
    I can't afford anythin says:

    It’s quite sad but fairly sexy. Thank you for asking.

  10. 10
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

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

  11. 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?”

  12. 12
    bi-curious says:


  13. 13

    The good people of Buckingham are fucking idiots to return this weasel

  14. 14

    Someone MUST have put him up to it.

  15. 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

  16. 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 ?

  17. 17
    Nigel "I hit the ground at 200mph and walked away with some fag ash on my lapel" Farage says:

    Well said, sir.

  18. 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.

  19. 19
    Rat's arse says:

    Brilliant idea Widescreen – bloody brilliant!

  20. 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”

  21. 21
    Silent Bob's interpreter says:


  22. 22
    Eric Joyce MP says:

    Yippee, a draw!

  23. 23
    2 star says:

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

  24. 24
    Gonk says:

    Bonkers is good. Thick is unforgivable. D’you think he’s got ‘O’ level woodwork ?

  25. 25

    No, but I think the pike.y helped Bercow’s beyotch with her “O” level and she made his wood work.

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    The longer he stays in post the more he re-inforces my opinion of him as a slimy,devious,self important example of human dross.

  27. 27
  28. 28

    Crikey. That is even less than I am paying here.

  29. 29
    The Crazy World of Gordon Brown says:

    You made that up.

  30. 30
    SAS NOT !!! says:

    Surely you should be all over on on mongomensch.com

  31. 31
    Guido says:

    Where are you then, darling?

  32. 32
    Bottom Expert says:

    She’s so cheeky.

  33. 33
    Forkbender says:

    ” paying £4.00 a pint” and boozers are full are they, paying that people get dafter

  34. 34
    Gonk says:

    Directions please. Promise I won’t tell anyone else.

  35. 35
    Charles Kennedy MP says:

    I only became an MP becaushe of the shubshidished barsh perk…hic!

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Another opportunity to make a bit of dosh at the expense of taxpayers.No wonder that the politicons are totally out of touch with the real world.

  37. 37
    Karl Schennedy says:

    That’sh eashy for you to shay.

  38. 38
    Dave says:

    Smack my bitch up!

  39. 39
    JadedJean says:

    It’s in the genes!

  40. 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

  41. 41
    Schoolboy studying for a GCSE says:

    Mummy. How do I make my wood work?

  42. 42
    Oink Oink says:

    see above

  43. 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.

  44. 44
    It all started in America says:

  45. 45
    Schoolboy studying for a GCSE says:

    Can we actually kill them by frantically typing, though?

  46. 46

    You’ll be a teenager soon, Lad. You won’t be able to stop the bastard then.

  47. 47
    Forkbender says:

    Who exactly are these constituents who can have time off work to go to the HoP not the ordinary bloke on the street, take lost pay, travelling costs those two alone cost a small fortune, it is the businessmen who are out to get what they want.

  48. 48
    Ah! Monika says:

    Austria probably.

  49. 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.

  50. 50
    Snow White says:

    Only with the aid of a stool.

  51. 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.)

  52. 52
    see below says:

  53. 53
    Barman at Strangers says:

    It all evens out in the END!

    Don’t fret, I always wipe every glass against my anus before serving.

  54. 54
    President Ahmydinnerjacket of Iran says:

    It’s free here!

  55. 55
    Guy Fawkes' Ghost says:

    You’re telling me that there’s a large store of petrol located under the HoP!

  56. 56
    London Muslim says:

    It’s given me an idea!

  57. 57
    Kinky Kirchner says:

    Only if we can meet up some time!

  58. 58
    DR says:

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

  59. 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

  60. 60

    Where as Sally Bercow is a seriel Cock-a- Gander-ist

  61. 61
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    why don’t you just shut the phuck up

  62. 62
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Yep! Coming soon to a High Street near you.

  63. 63

    Dat Sally is a real nice chick you know to be sure
    She might be as tick as a lump of lead but as long as she likes a bit o’rough , i’m up for it

  64. 64
    Trahison des Clercs says:

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

  65. 65
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Back to School, Snoddie.

  66. 66

    Maybe if you typed Trough it might help ?

  67. 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?

  68. 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.

  69. 69
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    PMSL – The nose have it!

  70. 70
    Nom Dom Nom says:

    So why the £5m subsidy? Or is that just an urban legend?

  71. 71
    Eric Joyce MP says:

    You looking at my f’ing bird?

  72. 72
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Don’t go giving the current Guy Fawkes any bright ideas…

  73. 73
    Baldy says:


    Yes, they could have had a decent MP and given a massive kick up the pants to the complacent LibLabCon.

  74. 74
    Tony Bliar didnt fool me says:

    my money is on dirty whores….

  75. 75
    Handycock No1 Trougfher in Parliament says:

    We MP’s make the rules and we want cheap subsidised bars, restaurants, first class travel, the highest rates of mileage allowance in the public sector, and the highest level of allowances. So stop moaning and get paying Schmucks. Boaz.


  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

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

  77. 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.

  78. 78
    Former Colleague says:

    Maybe it was too much troughing (or too much screwing?) which caused the heart condition Handy? A good long stay in hospital should keep you out of trouble with the ladies at least.


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