'Why Don't You' For MPs

By Rob Last edited 168 months ago
'Why Don't You' For MPs

Londonist's attention was caught today by an article in the Times headlined London - A Sad MP's Guide.

But, don't be fooled, this isn't an article written by some Tory backbencher, detailing his travels around the backstreets of Soho (if only). No, instead this is The Times' assistant editor Mary Ann Sieghart, complaining that Northern members of Parliament constantly "whinge that they have nothing to do in the evenings now that late-night sittings have been abolished on Tuesdays and Wednesdays."

Sieghart (who has a long history of winding up politicians) feels differently ("The London I inhabit is the most vibrant capital in Europe. And these poor diddums have nothing to do!") and takes it upon herself to offer some friendly advice on the city's nightlife:

"A quick flick through Time Out will show you a cornucopia of options. The V&A is open till 10pm on Wednesdays. The National Gallery does not shut till 9pm. Both are free."

Wow, such insight into the 'hidden gems' of the capital? Is Ms Sieghart after our job? And it gets better. Apparently, "you don’t have to be rich at all to enjoy yourself in London. Go to www.londonfreelist.com and you will find endless activities, most of which cost nothing".

What a great idea, we expect to see Ms Sieghart and a host of Northern MPs (Dennis Skinner, that means you) down at the Harrow Folk Dance school (£1.30 non-members and £1.00 members) next Monday or we'll be very disappointed.

Last Updated 26 January 2005