Mother of Parliaments


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Mother of Parliaments

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Mother of Parliaments the British Parliament: the model and creator of many other Parliaments
[C19: first used of England in 1865 by John Bright (1811–89), British Liberal statesman]
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For Wales, Westminster, unable to conceive that Wales could exercise full legislative powers unaided, imposed a patronising system of legislative consent orders - LCOs - through which the National Assembly had to seek "permission" to legislate from a glowering mother of Parliaments, one piece at a time.
A photo-opportunity with Her Majesty, a rousing reception at the mother of parliaments and what the organisers of his Wembley gig claim will be the biggest fireworks display in British history should all help to burnish his image before he returns home to face his growing host of challenges.
In the movie's dystopian world, the Mother of Parliaments has become a sham, democracy a cloak for dictatorship (unlike any large modern countries we know, then): V's solution is to destroy it.
All we get from members of what's laughably labelled the Mother of Parliaments is slavish obedience to the party line, tit-for-tat points scoring and a PMQs offering nothing but yells, howls, apoplectic bellowing, sycophantic slobbering, whoops and hollers, cheers and jeers.
Hanningfield's presence shames the Mother of Parliaments.
Shami Chakrabarti, director of campaign group Liberty, said: "If Britain is to honour Churchill's legacy of protecting the Rule of Law, the Mother of Parliaments must choose common sense and compromise over childish gesture.
If the mother of parliaments has now been turned into an alleged house of ill repute by one Scottish MP what will Ibrox be like when thousands of excitable Celtic supporters visit on March 25 for the daddy of all derbies?
After all, it was Bright who coined the phrase "England is the mother of parliaments.
High in the public gallery, relatives quietly wept, wiping away tears as their loved ones were remembered in this most official of venues, the mother of Parliaments.
And it's ironic the Mother of Parliaments, which rates freedom of expression as the cornerstone of democracy, should be as silly and sanctimonious as to close the site down.
THEY may count themselves as members of the mother of parliaments, and part of the highest court in the land.
Let's all raise a gloss to Keith Vaz end his bond of hairy diadems from the fort-cured backbenches of the Mother of Parliaments.