Friday, January 20, 2006

Quote of the Day 20.1.2006

Queen could punish BB MP under law
George Galloway could be punished by the Queen for entering the Celebrity Big Brother house under an ancient unearthed law.
Anyone absenting themselves from Parliament can be "amerced" - arbitrarily punished - under the 1382 Summons to Parliament Act.
The anti-war Respect MP faces that threat if the Queen decided he has not "reasonably and honestly" excused himself.
Former Labour colleagues would be only too pleased to see the 14th Century law used against him.
His antics on the show, including impersonating a cat, have already been raised at Westminster where MPs questioned how he was signing Commons motions while taking part in the contest.
Speaker Michael Martin, who confessed to watching the show, cleared him of wrong-doing after it was discovered the motions were posted before he went in.
Now opponents want the 1382 Act, which is still on the statute book, used against the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.
Martin Salter, Labour MP for Reading West, urged Her Majesty to act.
"Should Galloway be prosecuted under this ancient law I trust that the Queen would deliver an appropriate punishment," he said.
"In my view Galloway should be sent back to the Big Brother house for the rest of his life with the instruction to perform deeming impressions of every animal that walks the earth."
Personally, I was going to suggest that Galloway should be hung, drawn and quartered, but the highlighted quote is a more fitting punishment for Saddam's lapdog.

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