The Gay Hussar, the Hungarian establishment favoured by socialists with a fondness for champagne, has been in difficulties. Mr Steerpike related a joke that was doing the rounds: drum roll please… a patrons’ co-operative might save the old place!

Well, they’ve only gone and done it. Fans of goulash and Tokay are looking to raise £200,000 by Thursday. Tory boy Iain Dale has the details if you want to join. (What’s that famous political gag about the right cleaning up the left’s mess?)

If the Hussar remains open, Mr Steerpike has a request: someone, please do something about the food.

Tags: Food and Drink, Iain Dale, Politics