24 January 2014 11:44 AM
Though officials reportedly said the number of complaints was relatively small, the extravagance of requests knew no bounds. Chitterlinks (pigs intestines) and a live jazz band were among some of the suggestions made.
To one anonymous MP, the poor selection of pre-dinner drinks was a particular source of dissatisfaction.
‘All rather embarrassing, don’t you think? Whoever is in charge of the drinks stock should really get their act together.’
The MP went on: ‘I think the potato thing is getting out of hand. Yes, I know our meals are ‘‘subsidised’’ by the taxpayer but we really have very little choice but to dine in the House.’
The complaints come despite the fact government meals are subsidised by the taxpayer to the tune of£5.8 million a year, meaning a pint of beer inside the Commons costs just £1.70 (less than the going rate at a local Weatherspoons) and a slow-cooked pork belly and vegetables main rings in at £3.55.
Should the taxpayer continue subsidising Westminster meals and drinks?
Remember Carole Morison from the documentary “Food, Inc.“? She was the chicken farmer under contract with Perdue, the country’s third largest chicken processor, who offered a rare look at what an industrial chicken farm looks like. The chickens barely had room to move, and many died daily due to the conditions and their accelerated breeding. She was tired of it — by agreeing to take part in the film, Morison put her livelihood in jeopardy. Perdue terminated her contract in 2008 after she refused to entirely enclose her chicken houses.
Her eyes were opened to the truth and she now uses sustainable farming methods and has never been so happy and content!
- Former Perdue Chicken Farm Goes Natural, Humane & Sustainable (organicauthority.com)
- Food Inc. chicken farmer is free as a bird [VIDEO] (grist.org)