YOU know it’s the Hampstead branch of McDonald’s because of the artwork on the wall. The Camden Conservatives stop by here every now and then – sometimes fast food is the only option when you to as many meetings as these councillors – and refresh with a cheeseburger and fries.
But, as we learned in this week’s New Journal, that does not mean they want the Hampstead High Street branch to get its way with an explanation and open past 11pm.
Chris ‘Knighty’ Knight, the Tory councillor leading the opposition, explains: “It is simply the extended and the mess that offends. Our members are not Gucci Socialists. A cheeseburger and fries without upsetting the neighbours is fine. Caring socially aware Labour member Corporal Jones, Dad’s Army Butcher, I mean, Cllr Jones seems to be the only binger. Check out his declarations, three course meals at Gaucho Grill paid for by others where he dined upon the world’s best steak. The two faces of Camden Labour.”
Those keeping up will remember Labour’s environment chief Phil Jones’s gifts and hospitality register includes the Gaucho dinner, paid for by Network Rail
UPDATED: Cllr Jones confirms the Gaucho steak was delicious, while Gio reports his choices at the McDonald’s counter:
@RichardOsley The steak was delicious. But on balance I recommend La Patagonia. Can I have a restaurant column? Ken had one in the Standard
— Phil Jones (@philjones79) September 26, 2013
@RichardOsley Hi Richard, for the record, mine was a large Big Mac meal (coke as the drink) and 6 chicken mcnuggests.
— Giovanni Spinella (@GioSpinella) September 26, 2013