This is what everybody in Parliament looks like.ANNNNND HE’S OUT: Michael Martin just became the first Speaker of the House of Commons since uh SIXTEEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-FIVE to be forced out of office. Now Parliamentarians will have to go back to paying for their own goddamned moat-cleaning or else Barack Obama will nominate them all for Commerce Secretary. [GlobalPost]

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  1. “And why beholdest thou the moat that is in thy brother’s country estate, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

  2. I say it’s time for the Queen to reassert Divine Right, or droit de seigneur, or whatever it’s called. How f*cking awesome would it be if she just dismissed parliament altogether?

  3. Wow, that photographer is talented…how often do you see dark clouds over London?

    It was probably for the best, anyway; having a Scottish “Speaker” of anything is bound to lead to confusion.

  4. Silly bugger. You don’t claim moat cleaning as an expense, you get a wealthy lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry to do it for you.

  5. 1695 is like yesterday in England. The place is so old that the cemeteries are stacked five deep. Creeped me out when I visited the place.

  6. Margin’s resignation had nothing to do with the moat expense thing — he is leaving because he has been appointed Minister of Silly Walks.

  7. Shit, did we ever even get a Commerce Secretary?

    And wouldn’t HHS be in charge of Moat Cleaning at the White House? Or is it HUD? I can never remember.

  8. [re=320256]jagorev[/re]: The droit du seigneur is where the lord gets to fuck the peasant chicks before they get to get married. Do you think the queen has enough stamina to be fucking a bunch of peasant chicks? Would she want to? In this more egalitarian and less sexist time should peasant boys be included?

  9. [re=320256]jagorev[/re]: It’s a sad state of affairs when Canadia can prorogue their rebellious underlings but that power doesn’t exist in the Queen’s own land.

  10. [re=320275]Lord Growing[/re]: I’d like to see it updated to dragging the speaker FROM the chair. And all the way down the Capitol steps.

  11. [re=320260]jagorev[/re]: CLONING IS WRONG, unless it’s good for the economy. In fact, if we started cloning child workers, we would have an endless work force. Therefore the GOP’s position on cloning will be changing soon. In fact, you can eat the children after they aren’t useful on the assembly line, so it’s kindove a win win all around.

  12. [re=320357]Red Zeppelin[/re]: So like am I evil and spend too much time here when I saw the silly Notre Dame mortar board cover thingies with the cross and baby feet and wondered why they wanted to anally crucify some baby?

  13. [re=320256]jagorev[/re]: The Queen may welcome the right to bang commoners at will – but would be unlikely to exercise it with regards to any of the current MPS.

  14. When I was frequenting the London club scene in the mid-eighties, “moat-dredging” had an entirely different connotation than it does today.

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