Missing The Lede: House Of Commons Edition

From the United Kingdom:

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) – Eric Joyce, a member of the British Parliament who resigned after a barroom brawl last year, was arrested Thursday night in a House of Commons bar.

Police announced the arrest only of a 50-year-old man, The Daily Telegraph reported. But Tony Grew of the website PoliticsHome told the Telegraph he and about 50 other people witnessed the incident at the Sports and Social Club at about 10:30 p.m.

There are bars in Parliament.

Maybe if we did that in Congress business would flow more smoothly.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. legion says:

    At the very least, I’d love to watch the brawls on C-SPAN.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    Or we could dispense marijuana and finally achieve the great conservative goal: nothing would get done. Absolutely nothing.

  3. Ron Beasley says:

    @michael reynolds: There would probably be a world wide Cheeto shortage.

  4. John Peabody says:

    And the exhaust from the pizza delivery trucks would endanger the DC floura.

  5. walt moffett says:

    Thought that was the purpose of the House and Senate Cloakrooms where they had meetings with Messers Walker, Daniels, Royal, Bombay, Bacardi, etc.

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Maybe if we did that in Congress business would flow more smoothly.

    Methinks one can add Congress to the list of things that don’t mix well with booze, right up there with guns. I think Michael is on to something tho.