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British House Of Lords Refuses To Cut Costs, Fearing Champagne Quality Would Suffer

Well, I never. H/T The Observer

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Brits have endured years of austerity budgets since the global economy took a turn, and prime minister David Cameron has sought to reign in his country's deficit through public penny-pinching.

Westminster's upper house – which still contains 92 hereditary peers, people who inherited their position by virtue of their birth – has become a parody of its own posh stereotype by publicly favouring champagne over cost-cutting.

The Observer reported that the peers rejected a proposal to save money by merging their catering department with lowly MPs from the House of Commons "because the Lords feared that the quality of champagne would not be as good if they chose a joint service".

The revelation by former clerk of the Commons Sir Malcolm Jack came last week during a governance committee examining Westminster's operations, and was reportedly met with "gasps and open laughter".

The chair of the governance committee, Jack Straw, could barely believe what he had heard. "Did you make that up? Is that true?" he asked, to which Jack responded that it was indeed so.

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Needless to say, the news has not gone down well with non-champagne aficionados of British public, causing many people to spit out their lesser vintages in shock and disgust.

NHS catering budgets slashed,some meals worth 89 pence. House of Lords spends £1.3m on catering pa & spent£265770 on champagne since 2010

Irene Short@ipashoFollow

NHS catering budgets slashed,some meals worth 89 pence. House of Lords spends £1.3m on catering pa & spent£265770 on champagne since 2010

11:26 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Since 2010, Govt has given £0 to #foodbanks, & £1/4milion 4 each member of the Lords 2 spend on the finest champagne: http://t.co/rmvGoKJULx

Dr. Henry Tam@HenryBTamFollow

Since 2010, Govt has given £0 to #foodbanks, & £1/4milion 4 each member of the Lords 2 spend on the finest champagne: http://t.co/rmvGoKJULx

6:59 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Not really 'all in it together' - peers reject cost saving measure because of fears over quality of house champagne http://t.co/YxXj6kKFhH

Jacky Davis@DrJackyDavisFollow

Not really 'all in it together' - peers reject cost saving measure because of fears over quality of house champagne http://t.co/YxXj6kKFhH

4:35 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This story will definitely help towards making people feel like politicians understand the pain of austerity. http://t.co/1PyzgIE0lt

Christmas Coltrane@chris_coltraneFollow

This story will definitely help towards making people feel like politicians understand the pain of austerity. http://t.co/1PyzgIE0lt

6:36 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sometimes, the fact that parliament is referred to as 'the palace of westminster' says it all: http://t.co/r7kV4UDjGc

Mary O'Hara@maryohara1Follow

Sometimes, the fact that parliament is referred to as 'the palace of westminster' says it all: http://t.co/r7kV4UDjGc

12:00 AM - 07 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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