Wednesday 8 October 2008

12th century modernisation

Modernisaton has been the buzz word of any party trying to get into power for the last 15 years, (which is actually ironic enough to deserve a posting of its own.)

Anyway, true to his party's current modernising trend, a Conservative member tried to overturn a "market charter" dating back to the 12th century in the Commons chamber today.

I watched from the press gallery, thinking about how bizarre it was to be overturning something the man admitted himself probably didn't even exist, when I felt a tap on my shoulder.

I turned round to be confronted by a man wearing livery.

"Good god, he's going to challenge me to a duel," I thought.

He didn't. But he did throw me out of the chamber for not wearing a jacket.

Before I could apologise for being such a cad, he held his hands out and said: "Sorry mate. They're not my rules, I quite like your shirt. They're the speaker's and they're hundreds of years old."

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