Surprise! MPs are greedy fuckers

MPs want taxpayers to subsidise the cost of their drinks in the bars of Parliament.

Prices at the four Palace of Westminster bars are already cheap, especially for central London, as they are linked to those in a nearby Wetherspoons pub.

But some MPs, who have a salary of £65,738, feel the £2.60 they pay for a pint of John Smith’s bitter, or £3.20 for premium Becks lager, is too much.

Senior MPs have even suggested prices should be tied to a cheaper venue outside of the centre of the capital.

The Sun claims to have seen a record of the Administration Committee’s meeting that states: \’Several Members suggested that the House should not benchmark against central London pubs: those had to pay Central London rent, rates and utility charges, which House services did not pay.\’

That the bars in the Palace of Westminster do not pay such rents, rates and utility charges is a subsidy to your boozing you greedy fuckers.

A subsidy that should, of course, be abolished. They should indeed be paying charges into the accounts of the Palace to cover those, currently unpaid, costs.

Opportunity costs, see?

18 thoughts on “Surprise! MPs are greedy fuckers”

  1. I am happy for them to tie their prices to those for a pub in Bootle, but they also have to claim housing costs based on Bootle rents as well. Fair’s fair and all that.

  2. TheJollyGreenMan

    Hi Rob, and provided they all go to Bootle to get their drinks! Part of the urban renewable and slum clearing exercise.

  3. @JollyGreenMan

    Have you been to Bootle? It’s an absolute shithole, full of lowlife scum, druggies and wasters.

    They’ve got it bad enough already. No need to make it worse for them by forcing them to drink with Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman.

  4. Moving the parliament to Bootle is the best idea I have heard all week. A small demolition program for no longer necessary buildings in London can then be carried out, and the Chelsea Embankment can be connected to the Victoria Embankment. Traffic flow will be improved no end.

  5. Michael Jennings,

    But you’d then have a Bootle traffic problem with all the people who would want to be near the Bootle parliament and associated government functions.

  6. The Thought Gang

    Once again, it is not the greed that amazes me.. it is the stupidity. Given the expenses thing, and the economic crisis thing, what kind of fuckwits think that even suggesting this in the same stratosphere as a good idea?

    Who put them in charge? I can handly greedy people because I know what they’re after. Stupid people are dangerously unpredictable.

  7. TTG,

    MPs in safe seats would be my guess. People who are residing in seats where you could stick the right colour of rosette on a dalek and it would win the seat.

    (yes, I think UKIP will have an effect, but mostly in flipping marginal seats to Labour).

  8. I can handly greedy people because I know what they’re after. Stupid people are dangerously unpredictable.

    Yes, indeed. It’s a variation on the whole venal vs sanctimonious thing.* When the choice is venal vs [something], venal is nearly always the best choice.

    *I forget who said it first, but to paraphrase: always choose venal rulers over sanctimonious ones. Venal people don’t mind you getting what you want as long as they get what they want first. Sanctimonious people DO object to you getting waht you want because they think it’s bad for you.

  9. ‘I’d pay’???
    £2.60 not to have to drink John Smith’s rubbish.
    The ABV has just been reduced to get the muck into a lower tax band but, guess what, the price hasn’t gone down…

  10. and I wonder when those reference prices were collected. It is difficult to get a pint of anything in central London for less than

  11. sam: C. S. Lewis perhaps? ”Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    It’s why the likes of Ian Gilmore and Michael Bloomberg should be strapped across the muzzle of a cannon and blown to fuckery.

  12. sam,

    It was CS Lewis

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.

  13. Remove the 45p duty that is imposed on a pint of beer (removing the 20% VAT would be welcome too – necessities are supposed to be VAT exempt) and then we can all enjoy a cheaper pint.

    Oh, you did cut the duty by 1p didn’t you? Cheers for that. Much appreciated… ffs.

  14. Jimmy Saville, bJi,,y Tarbuck, Stuart Hall, DLT et al….all smeared

    does this mean we can forget the image of the swinging 60s!

  15. AP Herbert wrote several articles a long time ago commenting on the fact that the bar in the House of Commons was allowed to stay open long after the working people’s pubs in the district were required to close. One law for the rich…

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