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Why There'll Always be an England

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, May 19, 2009.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    If you follow the wacky world of British polictics you know about this.

    The Speaker of the House has been forced to resign because of expenses he incorrectly claimed, expenses which from one account ranged from "manure to porn films"

    The Speaker Michael Martin has the dubious distinction of being the first Speaker forced to resign since 1695.

    This investigation began with a hard look at MP's expense accounts which, to put it mildly, make North American politicians look like rank amateurs.

    Here's one you'll never find on this side of the pond.

    Douglas Hogg MP claimed approximately $5,000 for having the MOAT around his country estate cleaned.

    Yup, a moat.


    So what does maintenance of Britain's 6,000 moats entail? Must a moat be dredged of the debris hurled from battlements at the advancing hordes furious at the rank rottenness of a court that might embarrass Louis 14th? How expensive is portcullis polish? Is there a "little man" who looks after them for one, or a big contractor, a kind of Moats R Us?

    Here's more from the Telegraph, who revealed all this shoddiness through good old fashioned journalism

  2. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    This is boringly pedantic, but I assume moats are like drainage ditches and have to be cleared of undergrowth periodically.

    To keep away invaders, or maybe for aesthetic reasons.
  3. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

  4. Brooklyn Bridge

    Brooklyn Bridge Active Member

    At least moats keep the black knight at bay.
  5. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    My apartment complex got very upset when I installed mine.
  6. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    All right, I'm curious. What was the cause for why the Speaker had to resign in 1695?
  7. JR

    JR Active Member

    It was Sir John Trevor and he accepted a bribe.
  8. Scroll down.

    This guy was a serious thief.
  9. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    There goes my day. ... I am going to be reading Welsh biographies well into the night.
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Moats are good places to breed skeeters — which, if you've ever spent time in the Fens, you'll realize do exist in England, and in force.

    I figured most of the moats had been filled in over the centuries. Didn't know there were thousands left. They'd be preserved today, of course, because of the historic value.
  11. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    I would have guessed porn.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Ankle porn was the rage back in the day.
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