And the answers are…

Lord Norton

For the first time in the history of the blog, I have managed to devise  a quiz that has stumped the readers.  Dave H got the answer to one of the questions, and he and Rich came close to getting the answer to a second.  However, no one was able to come up with the correct answers to all three.  I can now reveal that the answers to last week’s quiz questions were:

1. During passage of the 1911 Parliament Bill, the prospect of 500 new peers being created led to the department of works in the Palace giving thought to using Westminster Hall as a meeting place for the House of Lords.

2. When the House of Commons occupied the chamber of the House of Lords, Winston Churchill left his mark through his signet ring marking the table when he was busy pounding it to make a point.

3. The House of Lords (as Dave H correctly notes) sat in the Royal Gallery in 1980 while repairs were carried out to the roof of the chamber.  Part of the roof fell in during a debate.

Perhaps I should award Dave H half a prize as he was the only one to come up with a correct answer.  As I realise I still owe him a prize from an earlier quiz, I think I will enhance it before despatch.

4 comments for “And the answers are…

  1. Rich
    02/12/2012 at 4:10 pm

    Not to quibble (okay, to quibble), but the question was “what mark” did he leave, not “with what did he mark it”. Reading your answer next to your question, the answer to “What mark did Churchill leave on the Table of the House?” is “a mark”. Is it not the case that he left a dent (a depression caused by pressure or a blow) in the table? As opposed to say a gouge or a stain or a scribble.

  2. Dave H
    03/12/2012 at 8:49 am

    I was even reading through all the Parliament Act stuff from the 1910/1911 Hansard to see if there were clues there. It’s fascinating stuff, and it’s interesting to see that Tony Blair did create a load of new peers to change the balance of the Chamber. I see a lot of parallels in what he did to what was threatened back then, basically “comply or I’ll stack the deck in my favour”, and a lot of the complaints from those opposed sound very similar to those aired recently.

    • maude elwes
      03/12/2012 at 1:02 pm

      This simply clarifies that the position of British Prime Minister is ‘too powerful’ in order to stay in line with a serious democracy, as they can, by appointment, create a home made balckmail or imbalance to push their agenda. Whether that agenda is for the good or othersiwe of the British people.

      Again, we can see how the scheme of things, in an ‘appointed chamber’ goes against the will of the essence of true democracy.

      He can appoint outrageously as the Blair creature did. And now this one has to match that game. And he can only do that because there is no interference by having to deal with an elected house. And he can do this even though he does not have a mandate.

      The electorate loses on every level when a body can ‘appoint’ without consent of the voter.

  3. thedukeofwaltham
    07/12/2012 at 4:08 pm

    Serves me right for not checking in often enough: if there ever was a quiz I could have won, this was it (I haven’t even tried with the others). I would even show off by drawing the only conceivable parallel between Winston Churchill and Gordon Brown, namely that the latter has damaged the despatch box in the Commons with a pen. (Indeed, I thought it was the despatch box that Churchill had damaged as well.) Anyway, there is at least an interesting anecdote about the 1980 incident which might suggest a question for a future quiz (if it hasn’t already been used), namely Centenarian Parliamentarians…

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