British politicians remain superfluously witty

Via Dangerous Minds.


  1. Laughter and wit are great things, and it is my supreme hope that their presence in government helps keep a system otherwise concerned with efficiency rooted in humanity.

    ~D. Walker

  2. Meanwhile, in the US Congress John Boehner asked an intern to get him some of that new hippie music, y’know, “The Beet-les.”

    1. At 61, he’s probably in the younger half of the Beatles core fandom. He was 15 when they debuted on Ed Sullivan.

  3. That was 1000x more relevant than 90% of what our legislative branch has to say in America. Can we be a colony again?

  4. Our politicians are indeed sometimes witty. Sadly they are always something else that rhymes
    with witty.

  5. Sadly, despite the wit displayed here (and this is not an isolated incident), their political system doesn’t seem to work any better than the one here in the U.S. Wit is not enough.

    Know your rights! All THREE of ’em!

    (This has been a public service announcement … WITH GUITAR!)

  6. There’s a funny bit in the Wikipedia article for The Jam’s ‘Eton Rifles’ about Cameron:

    In May 2008, Conservative leader and Old Etonian David Cameron named “The Eton Rifles” as one of his favourite songs. Cameron is reported to have said “I was one, in the corps. It meant a lot, some of those early Jam albums we used to listen to. I don’t see why the left should be the only ones allowed to listen to protest songs.”

    Cameron’s praise for the song earned a scathing and dismissive rejection from Paul Weller, who said, “Which part of it didn’t he get? It wasn’t intended as a fucking jolly drinking song for the cadet corps.”

  7. “Point of information, Mr. Speaker! Is it true that the Prime Minister believes the royal family doesn’t have enough inbred lunatics?”

  8. Somehow it makes me feel good that all these politicians are so familiar with The Smiths. Perhaps they are depressed about the state of the country? ;)

  9. For an external viewer its funny, but they spend their whole time acting like this with their silly jokes but never really discussing anything properly.

  10. More wit at the same PMQs, from Nigel Dodds MP

    “In light of his experience of the World Cup bid in Zurich last week, can the Prime Minister tell us what his view now is of an organisation that engages of the most convoluted and bizarre voting arrangements, which says one thing and then votes exactly the opposite way and who has a leader that seems more interested in power and prestige than accountability, and after he’s finished with the Lib Dems, can he tell us what he thinks of FIFA?”

  11. “You have the right to free speech as long as you’re not
    dumb enough to actually try it.”

    Seeming more and more relevant every day….

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