There were, as usual, some imaginative and witty entries for the caption competition. Some drew on regular themes (cakes tend to make an appearance, at least as the subject of the entry), others had a political tinge, and a number demonstrated how observant readers can be. I had the difficult task of narrowing it to a short list. Tony Sands offered an entry that was topical and also picked up on what the Speaker said in introduction: ‘I can tell you from the heart that His Lordship’s new book Dissension in the House of Commons 2: The Bercow Years is going to be an absolute cracker’. It was a serious contender. However, it was pipped to the post by two others and I have decided that we have joint winners in the form of:
Pendragon: ‘But, before my speech, I would just like to say how much I admire Lord Norton’s magnificent garden shed’.
Mark Shephard: ‘Press the green ‘up’ arrow for elevation to the Lords’.
Both drew nicely on the settings and each made me laugh. Pendragon shows that the first substantive entry often does well. The first to comment, Craig Beaumont, will also do well in that he will get a prize for his photograph.
If the winners would like to get in touch, prizes will be on the way.