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It is business as usual in the U.K. The catch phrase at city drinks parties is “Bonuses are Back”: Bab [1] for short. After much breast beating and  a great song and dance over the appointment of a new speaker ,who was supposed to sort out the fecklessness of our parliamentarians, the labour party used their majority to vote in Mr Feckless himself, John Bercow   [2]. It was a silly partisan victory. The Tories were left gnashing their teeth because Bercow is a turncoat tory [3]having drifted from the far right to being proto-labour after marrying Sally  Illman a labour sympathiser.  In all this Majaderia the true potential saviour of the British parliamentary soul was left languishing on the back benches with a mere 40 votes. That person was Anne Widdicombe [4]: a Roman Catholic, self proclaimed virgin with a shrill voice and an  incorrigibly honest and persistent nature. She would have harried and berated those greedy parliamentarians until they acquired some moral sense [5].  It would have been great fun to watch, but alas it was not to be.  One postscript: the speaker will get an enormous pension when he retires. Anne Widdecombe would have only been speaker for one year as she has already announced that she wishes to retire, but an enormous pension in her hands would have been well spent on good causes. I doubt that the same will apply when Mr Bercow retires 

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#1 Comment By MattSwartz On June 28, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

I hope that the bankers involved spend a lot of that money buying real-world items that will hold their value if things get much worse, because I don’t think we’ve hit the bottom yet.

Then again, if bankers were gifted with foresight, maybe all of this could have been avoided in the first place, so maybe it would be better not to hold one’s breath expecting it now.

Anyway, no matter what it’s problems, the House of Commons is a great body that’s fun to watch on television. Perhaps it’s the Farrah Fawcett of world politics. I spent a lot of time watching both on television as a child, and while the lessons they taught me were very different, I wouldn’t trade either one.

#2 Comment By Thomas O. Meehan On June 29, 2009 @ 1:19 am

Matt, wouldn’t it be great to hear Obama or Bush having to hear someone intoning “Resign!” every time he spoke.

Septimus, I tried but failed to come up with a witty way of employing the “There is something of the night about Anne Widdicombe” quote. Too bad. Any ideas?

#3 Comment By Barney Rebble On June 29, 2009 @ 7:01 am

Septimus, you asked about the reaction, to our hearing about the Old Country. Matt put his finger on it. I watch parliament on CSPAN with great joy. I have a vague sense of Labour and Conservatives, but I don’t know who many of the other players are (and will remain too lazy to go look it up… unless someone calls me a fool, and challenges one of my stupid observations… LOL).

In this age of internet, I look forward to the day when I can dial a channel, and watch the parlaiment of any nation, with ongoing translation. Perhaps some of our giveaway dollars to the international community should be keyed to facilitating this.

I was always struck by how much more the average Hong Kong citizen seemed to me to be like the average american, in temperment and outlook, …much more so than the average French or Spanish person.