Inbred and complaining about free food

You really have to wonder about wisdom in having a bunch of inbred Lords waffling on about anything:

First it was MPs who grumbled that their chips were not served in towers. Now Peers have claimed the quality of food at the House of Lords is an expensive “disgrace” and they are embarrassed to dine there in front of their friends.

Some have demanded refunds on their “awful” food – despite each being given a £300-a-day subsistence allowance and the restaurants receiving £1.44m in subsidies a year.
One peer told Lord Brabazon of Tara, the Lords’ Chairman of Committees, he wanted a refund after the food served in one of Parliament’s finest restaurants had left him humiliated in front of a eminent friend.

He wrote: “My wife and I were so embarrassed last night. We took a distinguished Italian guest to dine in the Barry Room.
“We all ordered the pork escallop [sic]. It was uneatable [sic]. Tough and dry and clearly cooked for hours before. It really was a disgrace. No one should be chef of the Barry Room who allows food like that to be served.”

He went on: “We did not of course complain at the time for the obvious reason of not damaging the image our guest would have had of the occasion.

“I do not know what your policy is but I think it would be appropriate for me to receive a refund for three uneatable pork scallops.”

Another wrote: “I am aware that one noble Lord was served ‘gone off’ smoked salmon in the Bishops’ bar the other day. The S salmon in my sandwich today was awful. I hope something can be done.”
Lord Naseby, the chairman of the London wine society Cofradia del Vino Chileno, wrote: “I was disappointed to discover when I had a guest from Chile the Peers’ Dining Room does not offer any Chilean Red.

“I can assure you that there are a number of Chilean Reds that are exceptionally good value at every price level. Perhaps the omission could be corrected by inviting the Director of Wines to of Chile to hold a tasting or whatever.”

Most peers do not receive a salary but are paid a ‘no questions asked’ tax-free allowance of £300 a day to cover the cost of attending the Lords. The system was introduced in 2010 to replaced the scandal-hit expenses regime.


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