New Year caption competition

I thought some readers would appreciate a New Year caption competition, so here is the first of 2019.  It shows me speaking to some students after I gave the inaugural lecture, on Parliament and the Classics, at the Victoria Gallery, Liverpool, last year, to mark the creation of the Network for the Interface of Classics and Politics.  I thought it would be an appropriate picture given that in subsequent posts I shall be writing about the relevance of the classics – especially Artistotle’s analysis of oratory – to contemporary politics.

As usual, the winner will be the reader who provides the most witty and apt caption for the picture.  The prize will be one of my recent publications.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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14 Responses to New Year caption competition

  1. Gary Weatherhead says:

    “And with plenty of practice, you may eventually be able to solve the rubik’s cube in under ten seconds, without even looking..”

  2. colin MacArthur says:

    “trust me I have done an Escape Room challenge before, I know how to get us out of here in record time”

  3. Pendragon says:

    And so, in the spirit of fairness, our dear Prime Minister has decreed that all BREXIT issues should be decided in the arena – we’re just waiting for her lions …

  4. Rob Cadman says:

    We loved the Parliament aspect but when you said classics we thought there would be a bit more Beatles and a bit less Bentham

  5. Dean B says:

    When I’ve shuffled these cards you can all pick one, and whoever picks the highest value card gets to decide what type of Brexit have.

  6. Mark Shephard says:

    As a Harry Potter fan, Lord Norton attempts to escape the encircling mob by disapparating.

  7. maude elwes says:

    LN: Don’t look worried, yellow vests are provided. Remember, health and safety is the remit of our EU State protectors. They won’t let you down. How can they? They’re chosen from lists of volunteers with the correct qualifications. Female instinct.

  8. kenneth wilkinson says:

    The crowd were not impressed with the buskers playing of the Air Saxaphone.

  9. Nicholas Hackett says:

    Stay with me, I still have 520 pages of the Brexit deal to explain

  10. If I hear the word BREXIT one more time I'm going to lose it! says:

    There was not a comfy chair in sight as attendees were forced to stand to attention.

  11. Tony Sands says:

    One more time then. As I was telling Theresa the other day, it’s not easy to be subtle about it, if you haven’t been taught by an expert.
    There you have it …
    Parliamentary sleight of hand.

  12. Neil M says:

    “Judicial, deliberative and epideictic. Oh, sorry, I didn’t realise it was a rhetorical question.”

  13. Pretending to work... says:

    Students are shocked at the sight of Lord Norton seemingly not wearing a tie.

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