"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Rank Hypocrisy

Given the amount of taxpayers' money Parliament has already squandered in one way or another, I suppose another £21,706 is neither here nor there but building a 'Pugin-style smoking shelter' as part of a general £3m facelift is really taking the mickey.

It's wrong on so many levels. At a time when the economy is still in the doldrums it would show a better understanding if they could manage to curb their profligacy, just for a while. Instead they just carry on regardless, remaining untouched & distanced from the effects of the recession.

What really, really angers me though is that when they passed the anti-smoking legislation they exempted themselves from it; smoking is allowed inside the Houses of Parliament in all the bars, restaurants and cafes (which we also subsidise).

Frank Moran, Labour Chairman of the Administration committee says, "All the smoking areas outside Parliament are very exposed and we felt it was a health and safety issue, especially in winter." Hypocrites.

Here's an example of one of the subsidised menus (click to enlarge): I hope the food is cheap, processed, GMO-ridden muck and the ones who've voted for any of Labour's repressive laws since 1997 all get food poisoning.


  1. Don't they also get tax exemptions for plonk & fags sold in the various parliament bars and lounges?

    Correct me if I'm mistaken!

  2. Hi F, alcohol is definitely subsidised - no idea on cigarettes though.


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