Parliament Hikes Food and Drink Prices Above Inflation

Parliamentary staffers were in for a nasty April Fools surprise yesterday as Commons catering prices rose by a whopping 2.7%. The change affects cafeterias, dining rooms, and worst of all, bars. Sadly for everyone on the estate this isn’t a joke…

Suspiciously, 2.7% is exactly how much MPs’ pay is rising this year, whereas staff budgets are rising by just 1.5%– below the 1.9% inflation rate of February. This means MPs won’t be hit by this but staffers will. Good to see Parliament looking after hard done by MPs who only earn a mere £50,000 above the national average, plus generous expenses…

Guido has long thought that Parliament shouldn’t be centrally determining the prices of food and drink in the Commons, and should let commercial chains operate within the estate. Let them be free to choose between Greggs, Leon, McDonalds, Pret, Whetherspoons… 

mdi-timer 2nd April 2019 @ 10:14 am 2nd Apr 2019 @ 10:14 am mdi-comment Comments
10 Great Brexit Sandwiches Global Britain Can Enjoy After No Deal

The BBC is running a story today claiming there is a “Brexit threat to sandwiches” and that you won’t be able to eat your favourite sarnie in the event of a no deal Brexit. This is surely approaching peak BBC / Remoaner scaremongering. Just think of all the great Brexit sandwiches we will be able to enjoy made from delicious British produce and ingredients imported via new trade deals with the friends of Global Britain.

  • British BLT
  • New Zealand lamb and Colman’s mint sauce made from British grown mint
  • Scottish tuna and cucumber
  • Bread and dripping
  • American cheeseburger from Trump steaks
  • Australian Vegemite sandwich
  • Canadian maple syrup, bacon and grilled cheese
  • Israeli falafel, hummus and tahini in pita
  • Argentinian steak with British Colman’s mustard
  • Russian smoked salmon and caviar

No deal would escape the regulatory clutches of Brussels, leaving Britons free to eat produce from all over the world, unlike Theresa May’s agri-foods rule-taking at Chequers. And no more contaminated Dutch egg and cress…

mdi-timer 26th July 2018 @ 2:20 pm 26th Jul 2018 @ 2:20 pm mdi-comment Comments
Greggs Westminster Opening this Friday

We’ll be at the front of the queue this Friday…

UPDATE: To those in the comments who ask can politicians get pies on expenses:

mdi-timer 21st March 2018 @ 9:30 am 21st Mar 2018 @ 9:30 am mdi-comment Comments
Lights Are On, So Not Long

Greggs are not being too hasty with the pasties. Could it happen tomorrow?

mdi-timer 15th March 2018 @ 11:00 am 15th Mar 2018 @ 11:00 am mdi-comment Comments
Greggs Westminster Update

On the issue that is of most interest to folks in SW1, Greggs can only tell Guido Forks “there is no official opening date set yet” for their Westminster shop.

Teasing and tantalising like a cheese and beans pasty…

mdi-timer 14th March 2018 @ 9:35 am 14th Mar 2018 @ 9:35 am mdi-comment Comments
Impatient Westminster Begs Greggs To Open Doors

No hint of a return to the pasty tax in today’s Spring statement and it’s a good thing too as Westminster cannot wait for its new branch of baked goodies gods Greggs to open. MPs, ravenous researchers and hungry hacks say Greggs breadder get on with the roll out and finally open the new shop, based in a giant glass-clad concession inside Westminster tube station.

SW1 is not exactly overflowing with budget eateries. One researcher told Guido: “we won’t be able to baguette about this delay if Greggs take any longer than this, we crust they will open as soon as possible.” Guido has asked Greggs just how long there is left to wait. Soon politicos will be able to spend their dough and have their cake and eat it too…

mdi-timer 13th March 2018 @ 10:26 am 13th Mar 2018 @ 10:26 am mdi-comment Comments
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