I thought the latest caption competition was challenging, but readers have proved how inventive they can be. The entries were notable for their quantity and quality. As a result, I faced the usual problem of choosing a winner. One reader – Dean B – almost won a prize for his comment on one of the entries! D F Rostron was very keen and submitted multiple entries. Who’s stolen the comfy chair also put in a couple of entries. One – ‘Mr Stuart to the Secretary of State: “Will Susie Dent accept Brexit yet… the word I mean?!’ – struck a chord. I fear it was a word that grated when I heard it delivered in the Queen’s Speech.
I managed to produce a short list of four. I was tickled by Pendragon’s ‘Maybe we could get Theresa May to make up a fourth for our version of Mount Rushmore’ and Jonathan’s ‘£350 million would pay for proper lighting in all university conference rooms. Or have we allocated that money already?’ However, after much deliberation, I decided the runner-up was hullwarstudies with ‘Stuart: Ah, finally the UK’s leading constitutional expert and a Cabinet minister; can you tell me what the long term impact of Brexit will be?’ The winner, because it made me laugh most, was John Stephens with: ‘So I said to Boris, “Don’t bother reading the Queen’s Speech..’.
If John Stephens would like to get in touch, a copy of Reform of the House of Lords will be on its way.