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There’s often a charge levelled at the current government that it’s one rule for them and another for everyone else.
And it seems there’s no desire on their end to challenge that.
Well at least judging from a new revelation that the bars MPs frequent in Parliament aren’t subject to any of the rules that drinking establishments across the rest of the country are.
An exclusive report in The Times has revealed that bars in Parliament are “exempt” from regulations like the controversial new 10pm ‘curfew’ and taking the details of customers.
Exc: Parliament's bars are exempt from the 10pm curfew, rules on mask-wearing and gathering customers' details https://t.co/UkcgGTh66q — Esther Webber (@Esther Webber)
Patrons also reportedly don’t have to wear masks when visiting the bars.
Apparently they’re classed as “workplace canteens” which are allowed to stay open past 10pm “where there is no practical alternative for staff at that workplace to obtain food”.
Isn’t that convenient.
Safe to say, people aren’t happy.
It is entirely wrong and sends completely the wrong message allowing bars in the House of Parliament to be open aft… https://t.co/Txoui5dfJX — Professor Karol Sikora (@Professor Karol Sikora)
Does coronavirus know not to enter the corridors of power or something?
But while it’s frustrating, no one is surprised.
Parliament’s own bar has been made exempt from the 10pm curfew and doesn’t have to take down anyone’s details. I’d… https://t.co/z8QU4INB6u — Sacha Lord (@Sacha Lord)
They’re still angry though.
Parliament bars are exempt from 10pm Covid curfew!
Absolutely typical, they have exempted themselves from the rul… https://t.co/rxpqGitsJ4 — Bernie's Tweets (@Bernie's Tweets)
There were suggestions that the inventor of the exemption rules should be fired.
Whoever came up with the idea that Parliament pubs should be open past 10pm should be fired.
The contempt some of… https://t.co/YTQTIRYZWr — Rupert Lowe (@Rupert Lowe)
And even Tory MPs thought it wasn't on.
This surely will not last the day, and rightly so.
(Tweets the daily commuter.) https://t.co/pXIbweIsUW — Steve Baker MP FRSA (@Steve Baker MP FRSA)
Guess we’re all heading to the Strangers Bar for Friday pints?