Thursday, 23 February 2012
Physician heal thyself
But it appears there may be a problem after all. Well in certain quarters, anyway. MPs have always enjoyed 24hr cheap booze in the parliament bars and it was with some reluctance that they allowed the plebs the benefits of deregulated licensing. After all, who are we to be entrusted with such dangers? So it’s with no little irony I read about Eric Joyce and his antics in the Strangers Bar of the House of Commons.
Mr Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk, was apprehended by the police on suspicion of assault after an incident in the bar at around 11pm last night. The fracas started after Joyce apparently complained that the bar was “full of Tories”. This allegedly led to him pushing one Tory MP and throwing punches at others. Drinks were then thrown and it’s also alleged that he planted a Glaswegian kiss on Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey.
Now this sort of behaviour is intolerable and indicative of the worst excesses of binge drinking. Knowing how keen the government is on stamping out this sort of thing, I have emailed my MP with my suggestions. Basically I have suggested restricted opening hours-say l2-3 and 6-10.30 and minimum pricing. To be effective, this needs to be means tested. So I suggest a £100 a pint/shot minimum, rising to £10,000 a pop for the mega-loaded like George Osborne.
I haven’t heard anything back yet, but I am sure MPs will want to lead by example. Wont they?