Hungry For Taxes: Lunchtime Robbery

Hungry? Last week Guido brought you the rib-eye steak and hand-cut chips with béarnaise sauce that cost MPs a mere £7.80, thanks to the handy £5.93 top up from the taxpayer.  This subsidy works out at some £20,000 per day…

As lunchtime approaches and the first greedy members saunter back into town, they can head to their exclusive riverside restaurant today for seared breast of pigeon with aubergine purée and spiced couscous. It will set them back £4.15. The rest of us, eating al desko, will pick up the extra £3.15 subsidy.


UPDATE: Tory backbencher Chris Kelly gets in touch to say:

“Every day I have been an MP I have made my own sandwiches for lunch & brought them in. I used to take a packed lunch to work when I worked in my family businesses &, when I was campaigning flat out ahead of the general election, I did the same. I don’t see why it should be any different now that I’m an MP.”

Cheese and mustard today, in case you were wondering…

UPDATE: Elizabeth Truss MP responds with a call for the Commons catering to be outsourced to the private sector:

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