Great Britain: The Best Club

During recent late-night debates in the House of Commons, some Tory M.P.s were "half-drunk" and "disgusting to look at." As a result, "they not only hindered debate but threatened the whole purpose of having a Parliament."

These fighting words were uttered at an informal Labor Party get-together in Yorkshire by Socialist M.P. Patrick Duffy, 44, a former lecturer in economics at Leeds University. Later, he continued his lecture in the press, discussing Parliament's several bars, which are exempt from the strict (11 p.m.) closing hours of commercial pubs. Offending

M.P.s, Duffy insisted without naming names, "look upon Parliament as a club...

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