Chope refers to waiters as ‘servants’

Daily Echo: Christopher Chope Christopher Chope

A FORMER Southampton MP has been criticised for calling Parliament’s waiters “servants”.

Tory Christopher Chope used the description during a speech in the House of Commons. It came as the 65-year-old former barrister, who is now the MP for Christchurch in Dorset, was making a plea for prices in the exclusive restaurants to be cut for politicians.

He said: “The service was absolutely fantastic because there were three servants for each person sitting down.”

Opposition Labour MPs immediately seized on his wording, asking if that is what he had meant to say.

Mr Chope replied: “Exactly”, later insisting he had meant that everyone working in Parliament is a servant of the House of Commons, and that he was “complimenting” the waiters.

He represented Southampton Itchen until 1992.

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7:34am Tue 22 Jan 13

ohpoppycock says...

So whats the problem?
Servant's wait on people. Waiters are servers, making them servants.
It's not like they(servants) were being asked to do any other domestic duty other than wait.
So whats the problem? Servant's wait on people. Waiters are servers, making them servants. It's not like they(servants) were being asked to do any other domestic duty other than wait. ohpoppycock
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7:47am Tue 22 Jan 13

chavfreezone says...

Being a Tory surprised he didn't use the word slave
Being a Tory surprised he didn't use the word slave chavfreezone
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7:50am Tue 22 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

He looks and acts like the typical snivelling public school pillock, and to show his use of language is different outside the House of Commons, you should hear what the people call members of your party Mr. Chope !
If you think he comes across as odious in the media , then try meeting him in the flesh.
This is the chap who whilst helping himself to very generous expenses, campaigned to remove the minimum wage (perhaps he could tell us how much he pays his wife out of our money, supposedly as his secretary ).
The chap who also tried to delay a debate on the Hillsborough enquiry to allow them to debate MPs pensions instead.
But the real point here is that this 'sevants' comments came when he was asking Parliament when the prices in the MPs restaurant could be cut. Yes, cut ! He has no excuse for proposing that MPs pay less for their already subsidised food and drinks.
You can blame the Christchurch residents who voted for this pompous ......, they just can't see through his alarming self interests.
So Mr. Chope I hope that you enjoy the added extras you deserve to be served up by the snivelling servants of the House ! It's a wonder the electorate feel like you lot of oiks are somewhat out of touch with modern society.
Your title MP = Massive Pillock.
He looks and acts like the typical snivelling public school pillock, and to show his use of language is different outside the House of Commons, you should hear what the people call members of your party Mr. Chope ! If you think he comes across as odious in the media , then try meeting him in the flesh. This is the chap who whilst helping himself to very generous expenses, campaigned to remove the minimum wage (perhaps he could tell us how much he pays his wife out of our money, supposedly as his secretary ). The chap who also tried to delay a debate on the Hillsborough enquiry to allow them to debate MPs pensions instead. But the real point here is that this 'sevants' comments came when he was asking Parliament when the prices in the MPs restaurant could be cut. Yes, cut ! He has no excuse for proposing that MPs pay less for their already subsidised food and drinks. You can blame the Christchurch residents who voted for this pompous ......, they just can't see through his alarming self interests. So Mr. Chope I hope that you enjoy the added extras you deserve to be served up by the snivelling servants of the House ! It's a wonder the electorate feel like you lot of oiks are somewhat out of touch with modern society. Your title MP = Massive Pillock. Sovietobserver
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8:20am Tue 22 Jan 13

Cyber__Fug says...

Well done Southern Daily Dave.... more re-cycled tripe
Well done Southern Daily Dave.... more re-cycled tripe Cyber__Fug
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8:47am Tue 22 Jan 13

AndyAndrews says...

Not a new story but a welcome reminder of what the Tories think of ordinary working people, whilst reducing income tax for the rich.
Not a new story but a welcome reminder of what the Tories think of ordinary working people, whilst reducing income tax for the rich. AndyAndrews
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8:57am Tue 22 Jan 13

huckit P says...

Why all the fuss? The dictionary describes the word "servant" as - an employee who serves somebody else, especially an employee hired to do household tasks or be a personal attendant to somebody.
It is not a derogatory term but a lot of people are obviously too sensitive about words In the English language. Get a life and grow up.
Why all the fuss? The dictionary describes the word "servant" as - an employee who serves somebody else, especially an employee hired to do household tasks or be a personal attendant to somebody. It is not a derogatory term but a lot of people are obviously too sensitive about words In the English language. Get a life and grow up. huckit P
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9:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

huckit P wrote:
Why all the fuss? The dictionary describes the word "servant" as - an employee who serves somebody else, especially an employee hired to do household tasks or be a personal attendant to somebody.
It is not a derogatory term but a lot of people are obviously too sensitive about words In the English language. Get a life and grow up.
Then we've also got civil servants, the grovellors tarred to the same brush as moron Chope. Parasites every one of them.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Why all the fuss? The dictionary describes the word "servant" as - an employee who serves somebody else, especially an employee hired to do household tasks or be a personal attendant to somebody. It is not a derogatory term but a lot of people are obviously too sensitive about words In the English language. Get a life and grow up.[/p][/quote]Then we've also got civil servants, the grovellors tarred to the same brush as moron Chope. Parasites every one of them. Sovietobserver
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12:32pm Tue 22 Jan 13

kingnotail says...

ohpoppycock wrote:
So whats the problem?
Servant's wait on people. Waiters are servers, making them servants.
It's not like they(servants) were being asked to do any other domestic duty other than wait.
The problem arises when the person saying the word is in favour of abolishing the medium wage, whilst creaming of hundreds of thousands in expenses and paying his wife a £40k per year salary.
[quote][p][bold]ohpoppycock[/bold] wrote: So whats the problem? Servant's wait on people. Waiters are servers, making them servants. It's not like they(servants) were being asked to do any other domestic duty other than wait.[/p][/quote]The problem arises when the person saying the word is in favour of abolishing the medium wage, whilst creaming of hundreds of thousands in expenses and paying his wife a £40k per year salary. kingnotail
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8:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

forest hump says...

ohpoppycock wrote:
So whats the problem?
Servant's wait on people. Waiters are servers, making them servants.
It's not like they(servants) were being asked to do any other domestic duty other than wait.
The problem is it's tw@ts like Chope who make legislation and Govern this country. So out of touch with reality! Hang him up by his $crote and make him rescind.
[quote][p][bold]ohpoppycock[/bold] wrote: So whats the problem? Servant's wait on people. Waiters are servers, making them servants. It's not like they(servants) were being asked to do any other domestic duty other than wait.[/p][/quote]The problem is it's tw@ts like Chope who make legislation and Govern this country. So out of touch with reality! Hang him up by his $crote and make him rescind. forest hump
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