Members of Parliament are meant to be in the House of Commons to work. Yet tests on the outward drainage system have shown that some of them have drugs in their system and they enjoy a range of bars and common-rooms that provide cheap wine, beer, and spirits. Why? They should not be allowed to drink on the job. Alcohol is not permitted in most work-places. It is not conducive to them doing a better job and there is no reason at all why the tax-payer should be subsidizing it. Their so-called independent body just awarded them a pay rise of 11%, far more than the average working person. Let them pay for their own food and drink, and pay the full cost.
In the House of Commons restaurant, they get five-course meals, wines and spirits far below the cost of any restaurant outside.
According to the Telegraph, which exposed the original MPs' expenses, scandal, the fare in the House of Commons restaurant is ultra-posh.
"In the Members Dining Room, MPs are served an artichoke and tomato salad with truffle dressing for £2.05, or a seared breast of pigeon with aubergine purée and spiced couscous for just £4.15.
A risotto of pea and broad bean with Golden Cross goat’s cheese costs £2.40, while MPs wishing to splash out on a char-grilled rib-eye steak with hand-cut chips and béarnaise sauce pay £7.80.
For pudding, they can enjoy a green tea and white chocolate brûlée for £2.05 or the cheese board for £3.10.
In the Terrace restaurant, a spinach, ricotta and sundried tomato pizza with a rocket salad costs £2.75, while at Moncrieff’s restaurant Members can enjoy a roasted half spring chicken with stuffing for £2.95.
Afterwards, they can head to the Pugin Room bar, where a glass of malt whisky, Cointreau liqueur or Grand Marnier costs £2.55. Glasses of 2009 Sauvignon Blanc or 2010 Merlot are £2.35."
And Parliament has altogether NINETEEN restaurants and NINE bars.
They would have to pay three or four times that much anywhere else for such gourmet menus.
Since the last General Election, the amount of money we pay for their cheap food and booze has gone soaring up. It amounts to £7 million per year. With 650-odd MPs that means each of them is costing you and me roughly a thousand pounds per year in subsidized meals and drinks, and it is a fact that they are now drinking more champagne than ever before. Yes, in this time of so-called austerity, they are popping the corks of bottles of Dom Perignon and Veuve Cliquot and making us foot the bill.
This has to stop.
Amazingly, an e-petition on this subject got only 13,000 signatures!
The response was feeble - it said that regulating this matter lies with the House of Commons itself!
The petition should be re-opened and it deserves a million signatures.
I think that there should be no alcohol served anywhere in the House of Commons. MPs are there to work and should be sober. If they can't follow that rule, they are not fit to be representing us or legislating for us. Drunkenness explains a lot about the ludicrous mistakes they have made in the past twenty years and the crass laws they have passed. A tea-room should be all they get. If they want to drink they should go out to a pub and if they want to eat gourmet food, they should pay at a restaurant like anyone else.