MPs considered nationalising a pub

In an attempt to prevent the 19th-century Gothic building from disintegrating beyond repair, MPs will be relocated to the Department of Health offices in Whitehall while a multibillion-pound refurbishment begins in 2020.

…The decision is likely to cause dismay among many MPs because their new temporary home, Richmond House, is held under an Islamic bond scheme and forbids the sale of alcohol.

The proposed solution?

MPs did consider nationalising the Red Lion pub, which sits between parliament and Richmond House. Cordoning off the watering hole from the public would have allowed politicians banned from buying alcohol to drink in private next door to their offices.

It is thought that nationalising the pub would have cut the price of a pint by £1 to match the rate in the Palace of Westminster grounds.

As Chris points out:

Do they actually want us to hang them from the lamp-posts?

17 thoughts on “MPs considered nationalising a pub”

  1. Like the NHS, it could be open to all and free at the point of use. I think it could catch on.

    If anyone needs me I will be at The People’s Refreshment Outlet (Branch No. 1).

  2. “Richmond House, is held under an Islamic bond scheme and forbids the sale of alcohol.”
    Ah,but does that preclude renting it? Because, after all, no-one actually buys beer in pubs. More of a short term lease.

  3. They should move the whole shebang to some brand new buildings in the east midlands and sell the palace of westminster to a chinese/arab/russian consortia to use as a fancy hotel/museum/art gallery.
    It would provide an economic boost to the provinces and save a shedload of cash.
    Once the seat of power moves all the rest will follow, there would be no need for a london weighting so the wage bill could fall giving either a tax cut (yeah right) or a free pot of cash to spend on someother insane pet project.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    BobRocket,

    When I was working in 100 Parliament Street / 1 Horse Guards (Its the same magnificent building, different entrances) I used to tell the civil servants I worked with that when the free market revolution came they would all be working in Grimsby and we’d turn the building in to a hotel.

    They thought I was joking. I didn’t have the heart to say “what remains of them” would be working in Grimsby.

  5. Westminster needs to be turned into a Museum of State Atrocities, dedicated to all those murdered by the scum of statism and socialism.

  6. “…The decision is likely to cause dismay among many MPs because their new temporary home, Richmond House, is held under an Islamic bond scheme and forbids the sale of alcohol.”

    Ahahaha ahahaha.

    Suddenly, cultural diversity loses its appeal for our rulers.

  7. I am very sorry their new landlords are limiting shariah compliance to alcohol. I think a lot of our multiculturalist lords and ladies would benefit from a personal experience of the joys of shariah: burqas issued at the door, separate entrances by gender, searches for ham sandwiches being sneaked in, ritual cleansing for dog owners….

  8. Oops! I forgot about stoning for adultery. Sex scandals have become humdrum, this should enliven(wrong word) the genre.

  9. That was an exclusive yesterday in The Times, old bean. I read it on Friday night and my eyes nearly popped out. Nationalise a pub? Self-serving fucking fuckers. Unreal.

  10. It wouldn’t be the first time that the government has nationalised a pub, Llloyd George having done this in Carlisle during the first world war.

    State Management Scheme

    The real reason of course is that they want to go on getting the same level of service at £1 a point, which would be ruinous for a normal pub, hence the takeover.

    It would (of course), be closed to us plebs. Can’t have the working classes benefiting from subsidised pints can we?

  11. Whats wrong with them simply going into the pub – or any other pub – and buying drinks like anyone else?
    No need for subsidy, they get paid more than many of their constituents or they can choose not to buy in the pub.

  12. Nice to see Bob Rocket mentioning the East Midlands. I once computed the nearest airport to the population-weighted centre of the United Kingdom of GB and NI and it is indeed East Midlands airport. And moving Parliament somewhere close does not have to be an ‘interim’ solution.

  13. Bloke in Wiltshire

    BobRocket,

    “Once the seat of power moves all the rest will follow, there would be no need for a london weighting so the wage bill could fall giving either a tax cut (yeah right) or a free pot of cash to spend on someother insane pet project.”

    The London weighting is because that’s where the state is. The state creates not only a huge amount of jobs by itself, but lots of others as a result. You put parliament in Grimsby, at the very least, you need security guards, builders, roofers to fix it. Those are jobs in London that now have to move.

    I’ve done software work/been contacted about work in and near London and almost none of it is free market. It’s either for government, or for a supplier that is in the supply chain (companies working for the Olympics, fake charities, web design companies for museums, companies working on some glorious software fuckup for social services). Outside of the city and a few bits of computer graphics stuff in Soho, the rest of it is basically living off the teat of the state.

  14. Have met several business people at business events that were from London.
    All had set up their business and either moved out of London to do it or moved out the first time they needed premises.
    The going rate for offices and warehousing can be several times the rate in some other areas for the same size. Why pay £9k a month when can get the same facilities in another place for £2k or £3k?
    Such things can make a massive difference in growth potential early in a business.

    Businesses that must set up near their market will go to where the market is – London or other cities. But those where the product is shipped, its the same to send from Grimsby to London as it is to send within London when using royal mail.

  15. Martin,,
    ” Why pay £9k a month,…?”
    i too am fascinated by this kind of out of towning decision given the differentials. an analysis for an individual business/ office can make the case but no analysis can escape the fact that the price differential on rents is due to the net decisions made by ‘000s of businesses. So in effect it is what it is and location location location despite the phone and despite the tinternet its still the same as it ever was.

  16. It isn’t contempt they have for us but knowledge. They know we won’t do anything. They have disarmed us and turned us into a nation of wimps so they can do things like this and most of us shrug and watch another episode of crossroads.

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