Capital Vintners has learned that the Government will spend close to half a million pounds on fine wine not widely available on the high street. It has been suggested that MPs are looking for rarer fine wines to stock bars in the House of Commons.   

After the ‘plebgate’ row with Andrew Mitchell last month, the government is in danger of being seen to be completely out of touch with the common man. 

A Labour source in Westminster commented: “It says a lot about this government of Old Etonians that it still sees lavish spending on fine wines as a necessity at a time when essential services like the police and pension benefits are being slashed. The rest of us are happy with a £5 bottle.” 

The House of Commons bars are subsidised by the public – a glass of wine is under £2.50 – so this latest revelation is bound to reinforce stereotypes that politicians do not know what the UK’s priorities are right now.