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MarkGB 

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

House of Commons Speaker abused by the sandwich man

In response to an FT article by Kiran Stacey on 25th March, entitled 'Rules change puts John Bercow's future as speaker in doubt'

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c56bfdd2-d335-11e4-9b0a-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3VRllVT58

Hello hello hello, what have we got here then?

A chap who is leaving, William Hague, proposes a rule to come into effect after he's gone, with a hidden agenda to get rid of a Speaker he won't have to deal with any longer, which suggests that a secret ballot will make parliament more transparent...

For a further bit of light relief, it is interesting to note that the chap who called Mr Bercow a “stupid sanctimonious dwarf”, Simon Burns, distinguished himself at Oxford with a third class honours degree in Modern History, thereby earning himself the soubriquet 'third degree burns'. Mr Burns went on to introduce the 'queue jumping rule' for MPs, that allowed them to barge past visitors in order to buy their sandwiches as priority customers. This was opposed by members of all parties, who no doubt reflected that it was too stupid and sanctimonious...even for parliament.

Luckily for trusting souls who might otherwise be fooled into thinking that politicians know what is best for us, incidents like this spare them from taking these people too seriously. 

To all my American friends who despair of the juveniles in the Congress...you are not alone.

Abenomics - Never mind the quality feel the width

Aliens not prepared to risk a visit