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To wonder why MPs have cheap bars?

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bigbadshewolf Mon 06-Nov-17 22:54:34

Been mentioned in media a lot lately re 'drink fuelled' culture and there being several cheap bars in Houses of Parliament. Why are they there? Why are they cheap? Assuming it's public funds subsidising? Anybody know?

doodle01 Mon 06-Nov-17 23:04:45

Nobody else wants to drink with them the public pay for everything in House of Commons

UrsulaPandress Mon 06-Nov-17 23:06:48

I suppose it's like any works canteen that is subsidised. Not there to make a profit like an 'ordinary' pub.

Catinthecorner Mon 06-Nov-17 23:08:36

The theory (justification) is they go there instead of the pub and continue to talk shop.

The reality is somewhat different

beachygirl Mon 06-Nov-17 23:09:29

Does anyone else think it is inappropriate for there to even be a bar in the House of Commons, or any workplace not related to hospitality?

UrsulaPandress Mon 06-Nov-17 23:11:10

Not really. They work very strange hours.

bigbadshewolf Mon 06-Nov-17 23:12:06

Hmmmm. Never had a subsidised bar or canteen anywhere I've worked in last 30 years - mostly public sector.

Beamur Mon 06-Nov-17 23:15:07

It's a perk.

Sayhellotothelittlefella Mon 06-Nov-17 23:15:24

I read it as why do mp's have cheap bras gringrin

reetgood Mon 06-Nov-17 23:16:25

There’s an actual pub in the Palace of Westminster, I’ve been there. Afaik its subsidised and with public money.

FormerlyFrikadela01 Mon 06-Nov-17 23:20:28

I know once upon a time it was the norm to go for a liquid lunch as it were, but is it really acceptable to go to the pub and have a drink during your break nowadays? Granted I've spent the past 10 years in healthcare but prior to that a had a few varied jobs and none of them would be happy if I turned up after lunch having had a drink.

bigbadshewolf Mon 06-Nov-17 23:24:08

Don't see why strange hours justify it. Do hospitals or police or fire service shift workers have access to publicly subsidized alcohol at their place of work?

CantChoose Mon 06-Nov-17 23:25:36

There used to be a cheap bar at st thomas' hospital for the doctors iirc. I think it was next to the Evelina!
It's long gone now though.

CantChoose Mon 06-Nov-17 23:26:16

Convenient cross post there!

LapdanceShoeshine Mon 06-Nov-17 23:27:52

Meals are subsidised too, aren't they? (But many probably claim even the reduced cost on expenses, as they claim for the food in their own houses that they'd be buying anyway. The system sucks.)

bigbadshewolf Mon 06-Nov-17 23:28:08

IMO should be zero alcohol there like most workplaces. I'd rather my MP and govt ministers were 100% sober at work given how important their jobs are.

paxillin Mon 06-Nov-17 23:28:46

There was a cheap bar at Guy's, too. For doctors, nurses, porters.

LapdanceShoeshine Mon 06-Nov-17 23:29:38

£3.7m for food & drink in 2014/15

(It's a DM link, sorry)

LapdanceShoeshine Mon 06-Nov-17 23:31:54

same inf but on politics home website

paxillin Mon 06-Nov-17 23:32:33

One of the perks of working at a med school is the free (note not cheap, free!) wine at scientific seminars. I have heard similar from other departments.

FlouncyDoves Mon 06-Nov-17 23:35:53

It’s not subsidised it just doesn’t make a profit. Also, it’s virtually the only perk for all the unpaid graduate interns who keep the cogs turning.

bigbadshewolf Mon 06-Nov-17 23:48:42

There shouldn't be any unpaid graduate interns! But that's a whole other discussion! Is re the wealthiest in society having access to such opportunities. Only v weathly young people can do unpaid internships in Westminster assuming they are for months not a few weeks.

paxillin Mon 06-Nov-17 23:51:58

So the bar in the Commons has to run for profit in your opinion? Or is this a puritanical objection to any alcohol at all? They might be your morals, but you can't expect everyone to have the same.

Bourdic Mon 06-Nov-17 23:56:17

I sometimes work strange hours - we have access to a coffee machine

Bourdic Mon 06-Nov-17 23:58:23

The bars are subsidised surely?

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