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inadvertant administrative error

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 | tags: ,  |

inadvertant administrative error

in MP Speak appears to mean

I can convince people it was an accident rather than deliberate fraud

Irrespective of whether they have demonstrated a practical understanding of the concept of ‘honorable’,   members of the cabinet should be addressed as ‘The Right Honourable Member of Parliament for….‘  

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bill cash

Saturday, May 30th, 2009 | tags: ,  |

In the UK an MP’s income is a salary plus expenses  ‘necessarily incurred for the performance of a Member’s parliamentary duties’  .   MP’s understanding of expenses appears to be equivalent to my notion of a salary,  that is,   spent on  anything that supports your preferred lifestyle.    Expenses have been paid to conservative MPs  to cover moat cleaning,   buying chandaliers, mending tennis-court water-pipes, Piano tuning,   gardening,   Island homes for ducks,  changing lightbulbs, and swimming-pool servicing.    

Newspapers covering the Bill Cash expenses exposure have avoided  commenting on his name,   so I’ll avoid it too.

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hatty-kit

Thursday, December 13th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

A section on ‘dress’ in this document outlining how MP’s should behaive in the house of commons provides handy information for boy-hat-wearers:

 

Alfred Kinnear MP, in 1900, summed up the hat-wearing rules as follows:-

 â€œAt all times remove your hat on entering the House, and put it on upon taking your seat; and remove it again on rising for whatever purpose. If the MP asks a question he will stand, and with his hat off; and he may receive the answer of the Minister seated and with his hat on. If on a division he should have to challenge the ruling of the chair, he will sit and put his hat on. If he wishes to address the Speaker ona point of order not connected with a division, he will do so standing with his hat off. When he leaves the House to participate in a division he will take his hat off, but will vote with it on. If the Queen sends a message to be read from the chair, the Member will uncover. In short, how to take his seat, how to behave at prayers, and what to do with his hat, form between them the ABC of the parliamentary scholar.”

 In order to avoid the appearance of debate and to be seen easily, a Member wishing to raise a point of order during a division was, until 1998, required to speak with his hat on. Collapsible top hats were kept for the purpose. This requirement was abolished following recommendations from the Modernisation Select Committee, which also recommended that Members raising such a point of order should do so by standing in the normal way but from a position on the second bench as close to the Chair as possible, so they could be heard by both the Speaker and the Official Report. Male MPs may still not address the House whilst wearing a hat: women Members are exempt from this rule, though the different rules in society generally relating to female hat-wearing may well have caused a few problems when women first sat in the House in the 1920s.

The Evil Swede’s guide to proper hat etiquette provides an insight into gender-based hat etiquette variations:

women are and were allowed to wear a hat in a church, a courtroom or at a funeral.. prettty much anywhere a man would not wear a hat, even today. Naturally, if a woman is dressed in men’s style clothing (jeans, slacks, etc..) and is wearing a man’s style hat or cap, it would be considered good manners for them to remove their hat.

The different rules are often attributed to gender-based differences in hat design and hairstyles.   The design of womens hats often does not take ease of use into account and therefor requires the use of ‘pins’ to keep them on making removal a dangerous and tricky activity.   Carefully constructed hairstyles for girls may not be worthy of public viewing after being squished by a hat.

Since I aspire to  a simple robust hairstyle and a hat that is easy to place and remove  then I have failed in my feminity and should doff to follow the complicated  hat wearing guidelines traditionally directed at  men.

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