Monday, June 21, 2010

Mind-boggling hypocrisy

Having said that nothing was happening, I was perhaps a little premature: after all, I am sure that (if one looked) no day would go by without yet another example of our Lords and Masters' mind-boggling hypocrisy or Third-World levels of venality being exposed.

In this case, Our New Coalition Overlords™ have been using the money that they extort from us by force to stock up the Parliament booze cellars.
Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham revealed that Government Hospitality, which manages the cellar, had spent £17,698 on new stock since May 6—bringing the total value to £864,000—though he insisted the standard practice of buying wines young saved money for the taxpayer.

It isn't just that this bunch of crooks steal our cash so that they can drink wine that most of the rest of us simply wouldn't be able to afford, of course—although that's bad enough.

No. It's much worse than that. And, just to emphasise the point, here's Henry Bell-End-ingham again...
"Careful management of the Government wine cellar enables GH to provide wine for high profile events at significantly below the current market rate, making substantial savings for the taxpayer."

Substantial savings for the taxpayer, eh? That sounds jolly good.

But... Hang on a second! Isn't it you kill-joy bastards that are attempting to introduce minimum pricing and a ban on below-cost alcohol sales so that, in other circumstances, taxpayers can't make "substantial savings" for themselves?

But of course I can see that you people are different: you people won't cost the NHS anything—because you've all got private health insurance, I imagine (involuntarily paid for by us). Can't go mixing with the plebs and the MRSA now, can you?

And you won't cause any problems drink-driving because you've all either got chauffeurs or jolly nice flats within spitting distance of the House, haven't you (involuntarily paid for by us again)?

So, what you're telling me, Hank ol' chum, is that drinking large amounts of booze is bad for the proles, but good for MPs. That booze might damage us but, magically, does no harm at all to jumped-up little authoritarians in suits?

Or is it simply that booze bought with the sweat of other people's brows tastes exceptionally good and, despite all of the expenses scandals, you just can't wean yourselves off that sweet, sweet liquor?

Seriously, you people are just beyond the fucking pale: you would happily deny us the opportunity to make "substantial savings" on our own drink, but you try to defend the—frankly obscene—amount of money that you spend on booze by claiming that you are making "substantial savings".

So, tell me, Hank ol' chum, how much would we save if you bought no booze at all? Oh, and how much would be save if you stopped the booze subsidy in the House of Commons bars? Because, ladies and gentlemen, let us remind ourselves that in 2007/08*, our Lords and Masters subsidised their own booze to the tune of £5.5 million.

As my peripatetic Greek friend has noted, drinking is one of life's greatest pleasures; these bastard politicians are attempting to remove that pleasure—for our own good, of course. And not only do they spend our money on their own booze, they throw yet more of it at fake charities so that Temperance scum like Alcohol Concern can use half a million quid of our money per annum to persuade MPs to make laws to force the rest of us to stop drinking.

IT'S OUR MONEY, you bastards.

And the only reason that you can take our money in tax is because the vast majority of us are not hopeless, helpless alcoholics—we are working, productive members of society who like to have the occasional drink so that we can forget the fact that we spend nearly half the year working to pay for those who aren't.

How dare you rely on our industry and then use our own capital against us? How DARE you?

And there are still people who genuinely believe that people go into Parliament to try to make people's lives better; there are even those in Parliament who will tell you, with a straight face, that they genuinely want to make people's lives better.

The mind boggles—truly it does.

P.S. There's some more quality comment from Dick Puddlecote, Captain Ranty and Leg-Iron.

* I can't be bothered to hunt down more recent figures: if anyone has them to hand, please feel free to post a link in the comments.

6 comments:

Captain Ranty said...

Ta for the link DK.

I thought that the cheekiest bastard of them all was Labour man Tom Watson. The 5.5M was spent on HIS watch. And he never once suggested flogging off the wine either.

Not until he could score points, that is.

CR.

Anonymous said...

I sense some genuine bile in the old Devil again.

I, for one, am quite pleased.

Roger Thornhill said...

Somebody who does not drink: Their choice.

Somebody who wants to force me not to drink so as to fit in with their batshit ideology: Temperance Scum.


It is the righteous, sanctimonious "we are doing it for your own good"* collectivist hive mentality that is so disgusting. I am not one to suggest that their faces need to be put out with a shovel even if they are not on fire, but one day someone will.



* as if they have ANY idea...

Anonymous said...

this is what Labour had in the cellar in 2008 -

Annex 1
Examples of Wines in the Government Hospitality Cellar, as of October 2008


Alsace

Pinot Gris
Gewurtztraminer Domaine Weinbach
Riesling Beblenheim

Austria

Gruner Veltliner

Australia

McLaren Vale Shiraz
Yarra Valley Chardonnay
Eden Valley Viognier

English

Wines from the following producers:

Chapel Down
Camel Valley
Denbies
Three Choirs Vineyards

France:

Bordeaux 1st Growths - Medoc

Chateau LATOUR
Chateau MARGAUX
Chateau LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD
Chateau MOUTON ROTHSCHILD
Chateau HAUT BRION

Bordeaux 1st Growths - St Emilion

Chateau CANON
Chateau CHEVAL BLANC
Chateau AUSONE
Chateau BEAUSEJOUR-DUFFAU-LAGAROSSE
Chateau BELAIR
Chateau MAGDELAINE

Other Bordeaux Classed Growths

Chateau BRANE CANTENAC
Chateau GRUAUD LAROSE
Chateau LEOVILLE POYFERRE
Chateau COS D'ESTOURNEL

Chateau DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU
Chateau LYNCH BAGES
Chateau MONTROSE
Chateau PICHON LALANDE
Chateau PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON
Chateau RAUSAN SEGLA
Chateau LEOVILLE LASCASES
Chateau LEOVILLE BARTON
Chateau LANGOA BARTON
Chateau PALMER
Chateau CALON SEGUR
Chateau GISCOURS
Chateau LA LAGUNE

Burgundy - Red
CORTON BRESSANDES
SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE LAVIERES
CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY BEAUX BRUNS

ECHEZEAUX
GEVREY CHAMBERTIN LES CAZETIERS
MOREY ST DENIS LA RUE DE VERGY
VOSNE ROMANEE
GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR
SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE AUX GUETTES
CLOS VOUGEOT
MAZY CHAMBERTIN
POMMARD EPENOTS
CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY

Burgundy - White

BATARD MONTRACHET
CORTON CHARLEMAGNE
MEURSAULT LES GENEVRIERES
CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET VERGERS
SAINT AUBIN CLOS DE LA CHATENIERE
POUILLY FUISSE LES BRULES
PULIGNY MONTRACHET CLAVOILLON
CHABLIS LES CLOS
POUILLY FUISSE LES CRAYS
PULIGNY MONTRACHET CHAMP-CANET
PULIGNY MONTRACHET LES CHAMPS GAINS
CHABLIS MONTEE DE TONNERRE


Germany

Graacher Himmelreich Riesling
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling
Maximin Grunhauser Riesling
Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling
Annex 1

Italy

Chianti Classico Riserva
Allegrini
Barolo
Brunello di Montalcino

New Zealand

Central Otago Chardonnay
Marlborough Pinot Noir
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Portugal

Taylor Port
Warre Port
Dow Port
Fonseca Port
Graham Port
Cockburn Port

Spain

Rioja Gran Reserva
Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva


South Africa

Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc
Walker Bay Pinot Noir
Stellenbosch Carbernet Sauvignon


United States of America

Napa Valley Merlot
Napa Valley Carbernet Sauvignon


Maybe Tom Watson has some background knowledge which may help us know more...?

Daed Parrot said...

Add to this mix: MPs and their guests are allowed to smoke in the Houses of Parliament and record numbers of pubs are closing down.

And these wonderful, noble MPs of ours, these protecters of society, these examples of moral rectitude, they are allowed to booze and smoke all night in the houses of parliament at our expense.

Meanwhile we plebs are hounded out of our local pubs, prosecuted if we smoke in them and taxed to the eyeballs for wanting to sup a pint of beer in them (or sherry for the ladies).

Sam Vega said...

Yes - dreadful, morally disgusting, outrageous, an abominable atrocity.

Meanwhile, back in Darfur.....