it would Seem that politicians should drink a little glass of wine at the reception, a little whiskey on the weekend — but no longer: reputation requires. But in the UK it’s a little different: easy recognizable smell of alcohol has become for many politicians an essential attribute like a suit. How many decisions have adopted the British lawmakers in the state of alcoholic intoxication, of course, no one will ever know, but judging by how often the media gets the news about the drunken deputies, they have something to remember. Now alcohol political culture of the United Kingdom is facing a crisis: the Prime Minister prefers tea and the most famous place of the booze permanently closed its doors on June 21. “the Tape.ru” remembers drinking and as the right of British politics.
From Westminster Palace to the restaurant the Gay Hussar (the”gay hussar”) in SOHO, London, 25 minute go walking. The interior is rather tasteless: dirty-green upholstered chairs, hard uncomfortable chairs, massive curtains unit. The kitchen is, as stated, is a Hungarian — also so-so, and not for treats go here. Attraction — cartoons and photographs of prominent politicians and journalists. On the walls you can find pictures with the stories about how the former leader of the labour party Michael Foot at a party on the occasion of his 90th birthday, or as the 74th Prime Minister of great Britain Gordon brown, smashing doors off their hinges, removed from a meeting with reporters.
Over the past few weeks about Gay Hussar wrote almost all the British Newspapers, from The Guardian to the Daily Mail. On the closing of places of worship “obituaries” publications are full not just. The British restaurant famous in the first place, the fact that it is there and not in Westminster often to administer policy of the United Kingdom.
the Reasons for closure are many: rising rent in SOHO, many were forced to choose the easier place to do business. Moreover, in some circumstances, to get from “Merry hussar” to the houses of Parliament in time to vote does not always work — you have to choose something a little closer. However, a Hungarian restaurant held out long enough and seen some. After opening in 1953, it was the gathering place of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, many of which were Communists. In the 1960s, it met the members of trade unions and parliamentarians-labour party. And after 20 years he became one of the centers of political life of London. They say that here the conservatives built the first intra-party intrigues against Margaret Thatcher, and then John major.
the closing of the restaurant connects with is unique to the UK trend — politicians began to drink less. By itself, the “gay hussar” was a place very doubtful. Politicians and journalists were here to pump up the alcohol, however, and even more intoxicating cocktail of gossip and conspiracies that once made British politics so bright and fun.
“the Greatest Briton in history”, one of the most famous Prime Ministers of the country Winston Churchill warmed up the whiskey just after Breakfast and throughout the day to give the heat the wine, brandy and loved, as they say, champagne. The Creator of the national health system, Aneurin Bevan, according to rumors, no alcohol worked like a car without gasoline. A former President of the European Commission and the Minister of internal Affairs of great Britain’s Roy Jenkins was generally known by its nickname of Old Beaujolais.
However, drinking from the life of politicians has gone nowhere. Very soon in Westminster come the season of summer parties, and in September-October will start three weeks of party conferences, during which parliamentarians and does not dry out. The drinks are still affecting the political course of the UK. Modern statesmen surely follow planned Winston Churchill, Anyinam Bevenom and Roy Jenkins almakura.
in the Late evening environment February 2012 the Department of Scotland Yard called with a request to calm the drunken brawler in one of London’s bars. “We were called around 10 PM. The man was 50 years old, he was arrested for a fight”, — told reporters the police officer. Broken were four. In a drunken stupor, former military handing out hooks in all directions, in the course went not only the hands, but the head. “Zidane” with his fist and was slain first by the victim, another three got under the hand, trying to calm the disturber of order. The next morning about a bar fight sounded every tabloid.
Drunk mistake would not be remarkable, if the action occurred in the Palace of Westminster, or rather in the bar, Strangers’ Bar — another traditional place of revelry of the British Parliament. Beat four politicians were Eric Joyce — at that time a member of the labour party. The then leader of the labour party ed Miliband decided to exclude him from the organization, but I was afraid that the intra-party voting system that is based on representativeness will complicate the process.
As the British newspaper, the desire to turn out rowdy Joyce from the party was one of the reasons for the transition to the direct voting system within the party. The new rules, according to some, led to the fact that the next leader of the labour party became Jeremy Corbyn. And if not Corbin took the helm, the labour party might have fought harder to ensure that Britain remained in the European Union. He, by the way, unlike colleagues in the party, is considered a staunch teetotaler. So, it is appropriate to say that excessive addiction to alcohol has become one of the indirect causes of Breccia — the exit of Britain from the EU.
Alcohol culture United Kingdom — one of the most mysterious and frequently debated in the world. The culture of drinking in Britain devote and media publications, and research. Drink heroes of feature films, TV series, books and newspaper reports. The number alcolico consumed per capita in Britain is on the 25th place in the world. There in year one the average citizen drinks about 12 liters of pure alcohol.
in addition, alcohol and food in the places visited by deputies subsidized by the government. So, a pint of beer in the parliamentary bar will cost 3.35 per pound, whereas in normal London pub almost twice. A bottle of Prosecco — 21 pounds, in ordinary schools will have to pay three prices. A Cup of cappuccino you can drink for 80 pence when the London average coffee costs around 3 pounds. The British taxpayers spent on the government sprees 2.7 million pounds in 2017: 200 thousand more than last year.
Talking about changing the culture of drinking being in the country for years. Someone says that it is necessary to legislatively regulate the consumption of alcohol by citizens, while others, including social scientists, believe thoughts on the limitation of Britons in alcohol is utopian. The debate is not only in the kitchens and in the media, to discuss the long connected policy.
In 2005, the labour party, one of whom was rowdy Joyce, said that the introduction of time limits on the sale of alcohol will not change anything — people will just go more often to bars. A little more than 10 years, the Ministry of health of Britain came to the conclusion that subjects should not take more 112 grams of alcohol a week.
However, as wonder is one of the most respected periodicals in Britain, the Economist: “How can you offer people limited to 112 grams per week, when the lawmakers only at lunch drink so much?” In General, not all politicians were inspired by the initiative of physicians. Moreover, on the eve of parliamentary elections in 2015, it seemed that the only thing that can negotiate the conservatives and labour is beer.
ahead of elections parliamentarians started actively to advertise its support of the beer and places his drinking. In one of the constituencies of the then conservative leader and Prime Minister David Cameron there was even a beer called Co-ale-ition Beer (“Ko-El-Etienne beer”). On the label of the bottle of ale — a traditional English beer — in the arms of stood David Cameron and his political opponent, leader of the liberal Democrats Nick Clegg.
As written, then the media, more than a thousand candidates in the parliamentarians expressed support for the traditional drink and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is a consumer organisation in the UK whose main aim is promoting real ale and traditional British pubs. 292 labour expressed support for local pubs and Breweries and said that often go to bars. 264 a drink from the green party also supported the CAMRA, like the liberal Democrats 225, 160 conservatives and more than a hundred members of the independence party of the United Kingdom, whose leader, Nigel Farage even timed beer festival in Kent to his campaign.
However, the alcoholic theme running like a red thread all discussions British Parliament, touches not all. The antics of politicians “on the bench drunk” become an integral part of reports on the work of both houses. The conservative Samuel Armstrong is accused of raping a drunk, the drunk former defense Minister Michael Fallon climb under her skirt the political obozrevatelya.
Appear in the media and the apology of the parliamentarians because they did not come to a vote “with a hangover”. One of these, a social Democrat Charles Kennedy was drunk not only on meeting, but on a TV interview. He became an infamous example of how the love of drinking not only spoils the reputation but also kills.
For the British politicians alcohol is not only a way to relax after work. Parliamentarians were forced to drink at bars in the House of Commons, to find connections, to get supporters to pobrisati poison competitors, and at the same time to charm a couple of journalists tipsy, to those as something poizyaschnee portrayed them in his columns. In the old days, the responsibilities of political reporters literally consisted of the item “bottle of Prosecco at lunch with a source in diplomatic circles.” Now the meals come out quick, and less “saturated”.
So why is the political culture of drinking goes on there? Too much employment of modern politicians to the cause no good. And Bevin, and Jenkins and Churchill, being an inveterate drunkard, managed to turn it around, what today’s Ministers hardly ever be able to. Not the case and that the current Prime Minister Theresa may a lot more loves tea and prefers to keep drinking establishments away.
One of the decisive blows in attendance parliamentarians pubs can be considered the emergence of more professionals in politics. Previously, bars were the place where the masses could come into contact with the creators of laws, and even a kind of alcobertas in Westminster: supporters, especially among labour, recruited in pubs. Today in the ranks of labour, and the conservatives fall out of think tanks and other places of education serious analysts. New alcohol political culture of the UK seem to have drawn another line between the political elite and the people it serves.