An excellent bit of satire from the Daily Mirror, which could only have been improved if it they had been able to use it around Christmas.  Lords a-leeching is the headline on a story that House of Lords bosses want to cut the pay of the people working in their exclusive restaurants, bars and cafes, so that peers can continue to enjoy £2.3million worth of food subsidies.

Waiters, cooks and check-out workers have been told they are set to lose 50% of overtime payments.  Staff are paid on average £8.55 an hour, peers £300 a day. 

The headline is a play on the tenth verse of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", which goes "On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me - ten lords a leaping".  To leech, means to exploit.