One of the great things about EyeSpy.MP (or the “phantom blogger” as Sir Michael White mistakenly calls it) is that it reveals the truth about MPs actual behaviour. Next time an MP whines about being poorly paid and hard working because of all those late night sittings, ask him what really happens during those sessions? Do they scrupulously scrutinise legislation and make speeches of great oratory?
No they get drunk and gossip. Last night the PLP was getting pissed and occasionally wandering into the lobbies to vote. Here are a selection of EyeSpy.MP tweets from last night:
4 out of 5 Lab leadership contenders on the terrace taking advantage of rare late night sitting to be matey (or trying to be in case of D & E Miliband).
Last night: Balls, Burnham and Ed Miliband in the Kremlin buying pints for down-market North East Labour MPs
Why aye man, it’s Sharon Hodgson pet! Skulling a vat of white wine. Drunk as a skunk.
0130: Tired and emotional Dennis Macshane stinging drinking companions for expensive glasses of Sancerre on the Terrace
0200: Ed Balls the last Labour leadership contender left on the Terrace – still drinking pints with the NE mafia!
Bear in mind some of these MPs will have been drinking subsidised beer since tea-time. In many cases they will be completely drunk when voting and the whips basically roll them into the lobbies. In how many jobs outside the entertainment industry is it acceptable to be completely intoxicated in the workplace? Makes you proud of our great parliamentary democracy doesn’t it…