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MPs banned from touching statues

Historic statues of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher could be cordoned off to prevent MPs from touching their feet for luck.

The tradition of politicians touching images of former prime ministers as they enter the Commons chamber is a gesture believed to bring good luck. But the parliamentary authorities have warned that the statues of Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher and David Lloyd George are now “seriously under threat” from the repeated wear and tear.

A “do not touch” sign will be put permanently on display and new MPs will not be informed about the tradition.

The House’s deputy curator, Melanie Unwin, told the cross-party Works of Art Committee: “Four statues (Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher and David Lloyd George) in the Members’ Lobby are seriously under threat due to the tradition of touching the toes of the statues for good luck.

“There are now cracks and small holes on the surface of the Churchill statue and substantial loss of surface texture on other statues.”

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British Government Can Apparently Now Change Laws Retropectivly

Yesterday the British government took the unprecedented step of effectively declaring that it is above the law.

A few weeks ago the Department of Work and Pensions was judged, according to the Court of Appeal, to have illegally sanctioned unemployed people who had been forced to work for free.

Being forced to work for free – with the taxpayer picking up the bill for a measly £71 a week Jobseekers Allowance – is known as workfare.

Those driven on to workfare had not been given properly informed about the schemes and – by violating the law – the Government was due to cough up an average of £550 to 231,000 illegally punished people.

So far so good…

But…what was the Tory response? Not only to change the law, but to do so retrospectively. No laws were now broken, because those laws have been changed in hindsight. Retrospective lawmaking – the implications are astounding.

This rule change was pushed through last night because the Labour party ordered its MPs to abstain – although a number, to their credit, voted against it – allowing this travesty to go through.

Why should anyone obey a law any more, since Parliament can now apparently retrospectivly change it at whim.

Something you did perfectly legally today might this time next week be illeagal, and if they make it retrospective to yesterday – you’ve broken the law, even though you hadn’t at the time. The lunatics have finally gained full control of the asylum.

You may wonder why you didn’t hear anything about this on the news today. Because there appears to have been a news blackout is why. Only a few blogs reported it, and, to his credit, Owen Jones at The Independent newspaper.

His article is herehttp://www.independent.co.uk/voices/…e-8542193.html

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