The photograph is of the Terrace in the Palace of Westminster. It's one of many eating/drinking places where our political representatives enjoy the best cuisine and drink that is available in Britain. We, as taxpayers, subsidise it heavily, for both food and drink.
It is a lovely setting, with the Thames flowing past quietly, or it did on the one occasion I had tea there back in the 60s. The service was second to none and I'm sure it's the same today. After all, we can't have our MPs slumming it can we.
Lobbydog has kindly listed the MPs whose catering accounts were outstanding, for more than six months, at 1 September 2009. How did Mahmood Khalid manage to run up a bill of £8,200.60p? That's more than many pensioners live on in a year.
It's time Nick Clegg, in his latest efforts to law reform, decided that the taxpayer should no longer support MPs and their staff with their basic needs of food and drink. We all need food and drink to survive and most of us have to pay for it through our own efforts. Why do we need to support public servants?