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Great Parliamentary questions of our time

From yesterday's Hansard:

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many residences of foreign diplomats there are in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex.

Meg Munn: According to our records, there are no foreign diplomats currently living in Castle Point and 21 foreign diplomats currently living in Essex.


Having spent my formulative years in the Far East (1) I am not going to be making mock of Essex, but I cannot help but wonder why Spink thought this was worth asking, and having discovered the answer what he is planning to do with it. Maybe he is angling for the Americans to abandon Grosvenor Square for Southend. Perhaps he wants the addresses in the hope that he can wangle an invite to a Ferrero Rocher party.


(1) Old joke, with which I have suckered a few people. Near East is the E postal codes, middle east is Romford etc, and the Far East is the fair county of Essex itself.

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Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 8:57 am

I wish the Americans would abandon Grosvenor Square, then it might return to the quaint gentility it once was.

You ought to see the new US embassy in Berlin. Right next door the Brandenberg Gate. There's minimal security there.  



Anonymous Sepoy Agent said... 1:23 pm

Possibly because the Conservatives have picked a new candidate for Castle Point, and there have been mutterings that Bob Spink might (a) stand there as an independent, and/or (b) be the national figurehead of one of the more outlandish political parties. The mind boggles!  



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