"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 25 April 2010

CyberLibDemMen

I've stolen this lock, stock and barrel from the MoS because, on one level, I found it very amusing and on another it opened my eyes to the LibDems' 'triple lock' policy on coalitions and hung parliaments: "...the executive can veto any coalition deal. But it can also delay the formation of a government by referring the matter to a special conference, which in turn can ballot the party’s entire membership."  Sounds like a messy and protracted business to me; what do you think?

WHY CLEGG CAN'T JOIN GOVERNMENT WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE CYBERMAN by Brendan Carlin
"Britain’s fate in a hung Parliament could lie in the hands of an alien cyborg armed with a terrifying array of weapons...and a Liberal Democrat membership card.

"If no party gets a Commons majority on May 6, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will have to get past a Cyberman, one of Dr Who’s deadliest enemies, to seal a coalition deal.

"Brian Orrell, who played a Cyber Lieutenant in the BBC science fiction show in the Eighties, will have a key role in approving any power-sharing pact as Lib Dem vice-president and a senior member of its Federal Executive.

"Under the party’s internal rules – designed to stop the leader signing away its independence for a coveted Cabinet job – the executive can veto any coalition deal. But it can also delay the formation of a government by referring the matter to a special conference, which in turn can ballot the party’s entire membership.

"The ‘triple lock’ rules date from 1998 amid fears former leader Lord Ashdown was plotting a deal with Tony Blair. Mr Orrell was not available for comment last night but has previously backed the rules.

"Mr Clegg’s aides and senior party figures were last night surprised to hear of Mr Orrell’s Cyberman past. One said: ‘I knew he was an actor but I didn’t know he was a Cyberman. But then, they do wear those masks so you never see their faces.’
It also gives me an excuse to post another clip of Dr Who's scariest enemy, the Cybermen. The EU-sponsored BBC has had all the EU-related spoofs removed from YouTube so this will have to suffice:

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