I give this to you in full as it is so appallingly obtuse as to rather require all of it to get the full flavour:
The Gay Hussar is both an elderly central London restaurant, and one of the most celebrated venues in the history of the post-war left. On these red plush banquettes, immortalised by the great cartoonists of the past 60 years, Bevanite heroes – Aneurin Bevan himself, Michael Foot, Barbara Castle – would scheme and plot, usually unsuccessfully. But they are long dead now, and the place needs a new owner. To the dismay of the loyal staff, it’s to be auctioned at Christie’s sometime in early December. Time surely to reclaim history and bring its traditional values into a modernised setting. Mark Seddon, the former editor of the journal of the old left, Tribune (which once treated it as the office canteen), proposed it should be the subject of a diners’ co-op. And why not? Plum in the middle of London, it’s a great location for a restaurant. Its menu, starring the legendary cold cherry soup and smoked goose, is the last place anywhere in the world where you can find food still cooked to weighty mid-20th century Hungarian recipes. It could be modernised to reflect contemporary central Europe’s considerable culinary advances. The real change would come from a new model of ownership, the previously untried diners’ co-operative. This would not mean having to cook one’s own dinner, far less wash up afterwards. Rather it would be somewhere between the John Lewis model of profit-sharing for the staff and the Co-op model of dividends for regular customers. A socialist model for today’s politicians.
Nothing wrong with the idea at all. Why the hell not?
But the idea that this would be a new model, the “previously untried diners’ co-operative”. This is actually one of the oldest economic models for a restaurant around. It’s how gentlemens’ clubs operate for example.
Seriously people, why are people this ignorant employed to preach to us?