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Cat and Canary
Her Majesty opened the post-election Parliament Thursday morning. On the procession from the Commons to the Lords, Mr. Corbyn and the PM had nary a word to say to each other. But the look on the PM’s face was one of the cat who devoured the canary.

The speech, which is written for the Queen by the majority, dealt mostly with Brexit and the problems of the NHS, which throughout the campaign was alternately described as the “best in the world” and an abomination — often by the same people and in the same sentence. A vote on the government’s Brexit bill, which would rule out an extension and set a final divorce date, is expected to come as early as tomorrow.

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  1. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    BoJo and Rand Paul should go together to the barber. Is all I’m sayin’…

    • #1
    • December 19, 2019, at 11:18 AM PST
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  2. Kay of MT Member

    December 2019 Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament -19/12/2019

    The Queen’s speech starts at about 21:00

    • #2
    • December 19, 2019, at 11:30 AM PST
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  3. Brian Inactive

    Kay of MT (View Comment):

    December 2019 Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament -19/12/2019

    why do they all dress like Santa?

    • #3
    • December 19, 2019, at 11:39 AM PST
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  4. Seawriter Contributor

    Brian (View Comment):

    Kay of MT (View Comment):

    December 2019 Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament -19/12/2019

    why do they all dress like Santa?

    Don’t you mean why does Santa dress like them?

    • #4
    • December 19, 2019, at 11:45 AM PST
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  5. She Reagan
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    She’s remarkable for 93.

    • #5
    • December 19, 2019, at 12:23 PM PST
    • 16 likes
  6. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    This ancient monarchy with all its pomp and circumstance is a major contributor to world stability and respect for tradition. Queen Elizabeth II has played her part to perfection.

    • #6
    • December 19, 2019, at 12:54 PM PST
    • 13 likes
  7. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member

    Watched the video. Really wanted to see the Commons shut the door on Black Rod, but life is full of disappointment.

    Chuck really looks old.

    • #7
    • December 19, 2019, at 12:58 PM PST
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  8. Snirtler Inactive

    EJHill:Cat and Canary

    But the look on the PM’s face was one of the cat who devoured the canary.

    Put not your faith in princes and all that. But each time he pulls off a deed that everyone says he can’t, I can’t help but cheer.

    • #8
    • December 19, 2019, at 1:39 PM PST
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  9. Kay of MT Member

    If I had one wish that would come true, it would be to have lunch or diner with the Queen. I was about 4 years old when I discovered her and sister. During WWII, all the news casts in the movies showed the girls, and I have been following them and family all these years. I think I have mentioned it before, I felt sorry for them, and never wanted to be a princes or queen myself. I have so admired her grit and courage. Our presidents get 8 years max of exposure, the Queen has had a life time of it.

    • #9
    • December 19, 2019, at 2:27 PM PST
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  10. She Reagan
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    Snirtler (View Comment):

    EJHill:Cat and Canary

    But the look on the PM’s face was one of the cat who devoured the canary.

    Put not your faith in princes and all that. But each time he pulls off a deed that everyone says he can’t, I can’t help but cheer.

    I think Mark Steyn sums it up pretty well. (He used to work with BoJo, at The Daily Telegraph.) In the short excerpt below, he’s comparing Johnson to the recently-resigned Canadian Conservative leader Andrew Scheer:

    Both Scheer and Johnson are unprincipled opportunists, but the latter is a fighter who knows how to return the ball and swat it down the opposition’s gullet.

    People underestimate Boris Johnson at their peril. Underneath that rumpled exterior, I think there’s an iron will and a strong sense of discipline.

    Scotland is shaping up as a serious challenge to Westminster. I’ll be interested to see what Prime Minister Boris makes of it.

     

    • #10
    • December 19, 2019, at 2:28 PM PST
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  11. EJHill Podcaster
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    SheScotland is shaping up as a serious challenge to Westminster. I’ll be interested to see what Prime Minister Boris makes of it.

    I don’t think it’s serious at all. Sturgeon is mistaking dislike of Labour for support for independence. It’s what politicians do. And she can caterwaul all she wants. She doesn’t have the votes in Westminster and with an 80-seat majority Boris won’t care. It’s not like he has to worry about the Scottish votes he’s already not getting.

    • #11
    • December 19, 2019, at 2:40 PM PST
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  12. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    She (View Comment):
    People underestimate Boris Johnson at their peril. Underneath that rumpled exterior, I think there’s an iron will and a strong sense of discipline.

    I am so happy for Boris and his success, but I do wish he had at least brushed his hair before the opening.😅

    • #12
    • December 19, 2019, at 2:49 PM PST
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  13. She Reagan
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    She: Scotland is shaping up as a serious challenge to Westminster. I’ll be interested to see what Prime Minister Boris makes of it.

    I don’t think it’s serious at all. Sturgeon is mistaking dislike of Labour for support for independence. It’s what politicians do. And she can caterwaul all she wants. She doesn’t have the votes in Westminster and with an 80-seat majority Boris won’t care. It’s not like he has to worry about the Scottish votes he’s already not getting.

    Well, we’ll see.

    • #13
    • December 19, 2019, at 2:58 PM PST
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  14. EJHill Podcaster
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    Goldwaterwoman: I am so happy for Boris and his success, but I do wish he had at least brushed his hair before the opening.😅

    What would you say if I told you he did?

    • #14
    • December 19, 2019, at 3:04 PM PST
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  15. Kay of MT Member

    EJHill (View Comment):
    What would you say if I told you he did?

    He probably did brush his hair, to make it more untidy.

    • #15
    • December 19, 2019, at 3:06 PM PST
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  16. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    EJHill (View Comment):
    What would you say if I told you he did?

    Uh, he needs a new brush? 🤣

    • #16
    • December 19, 2019, at 3:10 PM PST
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  17. Hugh Member

    Boris is just the right amount of trumpiness. I hope the two of them get along

    • #17
    • December 19, 2019, at 7:32 PM PST
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  18. Hugh Member

    Kay of MT (View Comment):

    If I had one wish that would come true, it would be to have lunch or diner with the Queen. I was about 4 years old when I discovered her and sister. During WWII, all the news casts in the movies showed the girls, and I have been following them and family all these years. I think I have mentioned it before, I felt sorry for them, and never wanted to be a princes or queen myself. I have so admired her grit and courage. Our presidents get 8 years max of exposure, the Queen has had a life time of it.

    She has a responsibility we don’t have: The Duty to Her people. A remarkable Monarch and woman.

    • #18
    • December 19, 2019, at 7:34 PM PST
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  19. Kay of MT Member

    Hugh (View Comment):
    She has a responsibility we don’t have: The Duty to Her people. A remarkable Monarch and woman.

    My prayers are that she passes the Crown to William and not son Charles.

    • #19
    • December 19, 2019, at 7:50 PM PST
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  20. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Kay of MT (View Comment):
    My prayers are that she passes the Crown to William and not son Charles.

    Not going to happen. Charles is next in line.

    • #20
    • December 19, 2019, at 8:00 PM PST
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  21. Limestone Cowboy Coolidge
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):
    People underestimate Boris Johnson at their peril. Underneath that rumpled exterior, I think there’s an iron will and a strong sense of discipline.

    I am so happy for Boris and his success, but I do wish he had at least brushed his hair before the opening.😅

    @Goldwaterwoman…. Ummm…. that’s what Boris looks like AFTER carefully brushing his hair…

    • #21
    • December 19, 2019, at 8:17 PM PST
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  22. Bee Bob Member

    Spin (View Comment):

    BoJo and Rand Paul should go together to the barber. Is all I’m sayin’…

    I think BoJo’s haircut is trademarked, he has to keep it to maintain those rights.

    • #22
    • December 19, 2019, at 8:34 PM PST
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  23. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    Kay of MT (View Comment):
    My prayers are that she passes the Crown to William and not son Charles.

    Not going to happen. Charles is next in line.

    Depends on who lives longer, though. 

    • #23
    • December 19, 2019, at 9:04 PM PST
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  24. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    Kay of MT (View Comment):
    My prayers are that she passes the Crown to William and not son Charles.

    Not going to happen. Charles is next in line.

    Not if she outlives him.

    • #24
    • December 20, 2019, at 12:04 AM PST
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  25. Percival Thatcher
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    Spin (View Comment):

    BoJo and Rand Paul should go together to the barber. Is all I’m sayin’…

    Maybe they already visit the same one.

    • #25
    • December 20, 2019, at 4:02 AM PST
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  26. Umbra Fractus Inactive
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    Hugh (View Comment):

    Boris is just the right amount of trumpiness. I hope the two of them get along

    From what I’ve seen, Boris is what Trump supporters think Trump is; he looks like a clown on the outside, but he’s secretly a chess master on the inside

    • #26
    • December 20, 2019, at 5:41 AM PST
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  27. Stad Coolidge

    She (View Comment):
    People underestimate Boris Johnson at their peril. Underneath that rumpled exterior, I think there’s an iron will and a strong sense of discipline.

    Good point. Churchill wasn’t exactly eye candy either . . .

    • #27
    • December 20, 2019, at 5:42 AM PST
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  28. Umbra Fractus Inactive
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    She (View Comment):

    She’s remarkable for 93.

    The interesting thing about ages is that if someone dies before 65, that’s considered too young and therefore tragic.

    If someone dies between 65 and 90, that’s considered a fully lived life.

    But if someone dies in their 90’s it becomes tragic again because they were so close to 100 that you feel sorry that they didn’t make it.

    So Godspeed, Your Majesty. May you make it to the century.

    • #28
    • December 20, 2019, at 5:45 AM PST
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  29. colleenb Member
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    Kay of MT (View Comment):

    December 2019 Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament -19/12/2019

    The Queen’s speech starts at about 21:00

    Fascinating. I need a blow by blow account of some of the traditions. For instance, if they have that great cover (?) for the crown, why don’t they pop it on before they take it from the Lords’ chamber. And isn’t there something where they knock on the Commons to be admitted? I’ve got to admit I’m a sucker for this stuff. Maybe its the historian in me. I think anyone marrying into the royal family (looking at you Meeeeeghan) should have to sit through one of these before the wedding.

    • #29
    • December 20, 2019, at 8:10 AM PST
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  30. Percival Thatcher
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    colleenb (View Comment):
    And isn’t there something where they knock on the Commons to be admitted?

    The Gentleman (or as of late, Lady) of the Black Rod summons the members of the House of Commons to the to the Lords’ chamber to hear it. When the Black Rod shows up to make the announcement, they slam the door in her face. Why? Because they can.

    • #30
    • December 20, 2019, at 9:29 AM PST
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