Booze at the Palace: British Parliament’s 30 Bars for Thirsty MPs
In the early hours of Friday morning, Sam Armstrong, chief of staff to the Member of Parliament for Thanet South, was arrested for rape. Media reports suggest an unnamed female made a complaint against Armstrong after a booze fueled late night party in the Palace of Westminster.
The reports shine light on a side of Westminster few outsiders see: the conspicuous consumption of cheap alcohol. Tucked away among the historic cloisters of Sir Charles Barry’s Gothic masterpiece are a whole variety of bars where pints of beer can cost as little as $3 because of an $8m a year public subsidy.
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