Hungry Hacks Mourn Moncrieff’s

Receipt-watching editors are breathing a sigh of relief today as journalists tuck into their final lunch at Moncfieff’s cafe bar, the hack’s boozer inside parliament. A 2012 FOI request revealed a glass of sauvignon blanc set scribblers back just £2.35, a pint was just £3.30 and you could get a plate of roasted half spring chicken with stuffing for £2.95 – excellent prices for expensive SW1. No more Moncrieff’s, where taxpayer-subsidised booze flowed freely, lubricating the minds of the nation’s political experts. Journos can still drink in many of parliament’s other taxpayer-subsidised bars…


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Scruton reflects on Twitter’s vigilantes…

“We in Britain are entering a dangerous social condition in which the direct expression of opinions that conflict – or merely seem to conflict – with a narrow set of orthodoxies is instantly punished by a band of self-appointed vigilantes. We are being cowed into abject conformity around a dubious set of official doctrines and told to adopt a world view that we cannot examine for fear of being publicly humiliated by the censors. This world view might lead to a new and liberated social order; or it might lead to the social and spiritual destruction of our country. How shall we know, if we are too afraid to discuss it?”

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