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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IT'S actually hard to believe what is going on across the water and where the Mother of Parliaments appears to be morphing into a dictatorship after what has been described as a very British coup.
Lord Newby said Mr Johnson knew he could not win such a vote in the Commons, adding: "This is the activities of a banana republic, not the mother of parliaments.
WE LIVE in a country, Britain, where everyone keeps assuring each other that this is the Mother of Parliaments and birthplace of democracy.
Mr Mundell, a former Lockerbie Academy pupil, said: "It was great welcoming pupils from my old school to the Mother of Parliaments.
For me the so called "Mother of Parliaments" is no more.
To democracies worldwide, seeing the "Mother of Parliaments" go up in smoke would be tragic.
If our political leaders are supposed to be the sum of the "Mother of Parliaments" then heaven help the rest of them.
The madcap antics of the so-called Mother of Parliaments, as it grappled with the conundrum of Brexit, were perhaps best summed up by one political sketch writer who observed: "The House of Commons was a Benny Hill chase on acid, running through a Salvador Dali painting in a spaceship on its way to infinity.
"On the political side of things I'm just going to talk to them about, here we are, we are a relatively ancient nation, with the mother of parliaments.
"England, the mother of parliaments," he said, shaking his head.