We don’t know about you but, if we owned a tiara we’d be wearing it a lot. Like, all. The. Time. Basically, think of us as Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory in this moment.
Unfortunately, not everyone shares our affinity for bejeweled headgear. Complaints have been coming in thick and fast about the taxpayer subsidised restaurant at the House of Lords including how one couple was turned away after their reservation was cancelled only to be in a pickle as to where they should dine instead as the good lady wife was wearing her tiara. Thank goodness another peer spotted their predicament, allowed them to use his home to change and then took them out to lunch. There’s that Big Society spirit David Cameron has been trying to encourage in us all.
Now, we don’t begrudge the good folk at the House of Lords a decent meal. They get paid an awful lot of money to sit in those ridiculous cloaks all day like it’s the bloody Wizengamot in Harry Potter and agree policy and laws and stuff that don’t actually impact on their lives in any way, shape or form. Unless it’s ‘we need a pay rise’, in which case we’re sure it would be a full house that day.
Labour MP Maria Eagle called their complaints ‘completely out of touch’. We do love it when opposition politicians have an outburst of ‘state the obvious’.
To all the complainants about the restaurant last year – we salute your balls to be that concerned about the quality of your ‘inferior’ cappuccino that you would lodge an official complaint. If the worst part of your day is that the serving staff ask you if you want butter when you know what they’ll actually give you is, shudder, margarine then we’re fairly certain you’re doing a lot better than the rest of us.
So, in true Spin Alley spirit, we compiled a list of things we’d rather subsidise than your scallops:
Oh, and to the unnamed peer that complained the two pasta dishes on the menu at their last visit were no better than the ‘downmarket’ fair at Prezzo or ASK we say this – take the aforementioned tiara, shove it sideways up your pompous, over-indulged ass and fuck off back to Chequers. Many of us taxpayers see a meal at these restaurants as a treat and often it’s not the food, but rather the company that makes it feel that way. Your final comment – ‘with fare like this the place will soon be deserted’ – is almost spot on. Because with complaints like these, don’t be surprised to find the voting booths deserted come 2015.
Who will be around to hand our the peerages then?
Angharad is a former radio journalist balancing a career in PR with an insatiable writing habit that spans more topics than she can count on her smaller-than-average hands. She's passionate about the media, women's rights and politics with a love of travel, culture, entertainment and all things lifestyle on the side. Interests include prolific online shopping (bit of a reputation in the office), musicals, dinosaurs (be honest, they're awesome) and tweeting anything and everything from @Welsh_PR