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By the Brexit Emergency Powers Act 2022

A Proclamation Whereas the common population of this sceptered isle was attached to answer the Lords Farage of a plea why they refused to serve — whereas it is ordained that any man and woman of the Queens’s realm of England, being able of body and below the age of sixty years, not living by trade or practising any specific mystery or having his own land about the tilling of which he can occupy himself, not being a servant to another, if he should be required to serve in a service considered fitting to his estate, shall be bound to serve him who so requests and shall take only the wages, liveries, rewards, or salaries which were in force, in the place where he should serve, in the sixty-fourth year of her Gracious Majesty or the average in the five or six preceding years. — Now the said common population was found guilty as charged, are required to till in the fields and raise crops from the earth as villeins nativus and shall to their …

Lounging Back

This painting is in the National Portrait Gallery in London. I was there a couple of days ago and immediately thought of the long tradition of lounging on the benches. That was before I read the description to the painting that refers to the very word ‘lounging’ where it says”: “a rare and informal view of…. lounging back on one of the green front benches in the House of Commons..” That caused me to chuckle as I thought of Jacob Rees-Mogg (see below). Here is the full description of the painting: JOE CHAMBERLAIN and ARTHUR JAMES BALFOUR, 1st EARL OF BALFOURA rare and informal view of two great statesmen, lounging back on one of the green front benches in the House of Commons, evidently taking part in a debate. Chamberlain (1836-1914),the MP for Birmingham, had deserted the Liberal Party over the issue of Irish Home Rule. He joined the Conservative government in 1895 as Secretary of State for the Colonies. Balfour (1848—1930) became leader of the Tories and succeeded his uncle Lord Salisbury as Prime …

Our American Friends

Can’t say he didn’t warn you. He warned Mrs May. He told her she should play hard ball and leave the EU without a deal. He loved Boris, probably would say he still does. But Boris has got himself tangled up, just like Mrs May. So it is with regret that the USA must leave the UK to fend for itself in the choppy waters of international trade and treaties without the super treaty that Trump dangled earlier. Except, Nancy Pelosi said months ago that the Congress would never do a deal with a Parliament that left Ireland and the Irish border out in the cold. Vice President Pence said the same thing. So what exactly did Boris expect with his solution that was no solution at all. Trump is ‘America First’, and he will make sure that anyone he deals with, the UK included, learns that. Before the referendum, some people in Britain got in a huff when Obama said that Britain would have to go to the back of the queue if it …