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Deputy Speaker has a downer on football shocker

While rooting around in a rather worthy discussion of Mayoral powers in Hansard, there was much trading of football references by Bob Neill and Our Man in Croydon Central:

Neill: "I am beginning to think that I should have had more hopes of the Minister than I had of West Ham United redeeming themselves. I say these things with a very heavy heart, as Members know. I hope that the Minister will cheer us up by saying that the Government will reflect on this issue and give the assembly the basic power that every ordinary Londoner standing on the terraces of Upton Park would say, were they asked, it ought to have, as a matter of common sense".

Jacqui Lait: "Much as I love my neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill), I was rather hoping that we would get through this evening without endless references to football—if only because I do not understand them".

Pelling: "Does my hon. Friend not agree that the two-thirds majority idea is a bit like Arsenal losing 2-1"

Madam Deputy Speaker (Sylvia Heal): "Order. I think that I will join the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) in saying that the football examples have gone far enough".



Given that all Pelling, Lait and Neill are all MPs for Sarf London, there should have been a references or two to clubs from this side of the river, although for family and geographical reasons I carry the curse of following West Ham.
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Blogger Hercules said... 6:21 pm

Sylvia Heal's constituency is in the Black Country, the local football team is West Brom, that's why she's keeping quite!!!  



Anonymous Nicholas Bennett said... 1:20 am

Three cheers for Jacqui Lait. As a politician who has no interest in football there is nothing more sick making than the sight of middle class men (the late Basil Hume et al) insisting on telling the rest of us what team they support etc.

As we used to say show me the Mp who supports Scunthorp United and I'll show you the MP for Scunthorp  



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