May 18, 2005

Her Majesty Summons Her Loyal Commons

Only the British do it so well. All that pomp and circumstance in the State Opening of Parliament: the coach, the livery boys, the ermine, the crown jewels, Black Rod, the Yeomen of the Guards.
Splendid, splendid, splendid.
And now the news that Prince William will be in New Zealand for the latter stages of the Lions' rugby tour. What an opportunity to have an early election and to have Prince William open the newly elected New Zealand Parliament while he is here. What great practice he could get at wearing the regalia and the uniform. Imagine the worldwide press coverage for such an irrelevant piece of theatre. More viewers than rugby, I bet. Should be a no brainer for Helen Clark passing up that photo op.

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