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Here’s Eric Joyce MP, last night, under a pile of coppers in Parliament. It’s not the first time booze has got him into trouble there. (BBC story here.)

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When this happens on the High Street half of Parliament stampedes for the nearest microphone to call for higher booze prices. How many MPs today are demanding the end of cheap, subsidised booze in Parliament? Crickets …

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7 thoughts on “THE DANGERS OF CHEAP BOOZE

  1. Great post Pete. Yes, Joyce has had previous tired and emotional episodes in the not too distant past. He is standing down at the next election, presumably to avoid temptation:

    “The Parliamentary estate has eight bars and 19 other catering venues, most of which sell alcohol. It is also possible to buy specially branded alcohol, such as the Speaker’s malt whiskey, from two gift shops.”

    Magaluf on Thames, only without the sun and beaches 😉

  2. Peter –

    My MP told me, in all seriousness, that whenever they vote late in the evening most of them are three sheets to the wind.

    Because most MPs don’t actually sit in the Commons for debates they hang around in the bars waiting for the bell.

  3. Pete

    Herbert Asquith (PM 1908-1916) was nicknamed “Squiffy” and it was not a reference to his hairstyle 🙂

    In the mid 1990s the late Allan Clarke was accused by the humourless Clare Short of being drunk as he delivered a ministerial speech in the Commons at 8pm. The Speaker forced her to change her unparliamentary language to “tired and emotional” or some such.

  4. Alan Clarke, now there was an Englishman. Had a fancy for Thatcher’s ankles. If he was around today Cameron would try to get him blackballed.

    I remember when he was found to be rogering a judge’s wife and both the daughters. Not at the same time, but at the same time, if you get my drift. He admitted it straight up with the immortal line: “I deserve to be horse whipped.”

  5. Clarke was also a very committed vegetarian and passionately anti-hunting. By no means an identikit right-winger.

  6. he was found to be rogering a judge’s wife and both the daughters. Not at the same time, but at the same time,

    That’s ‘right-wing’?

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