Deciding a winner for the summer caption competition was not easy. Not only was there a good number of entries, there were plenty that were clever and witty. In the event, I reduced it to a shortlist of four, each of which linked my stance in the picture to my particular views on certain issues, notably the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, referring to the ‘mother of Parliaments’, representative democracy and referendums, and my recent post on Brexit – which also identifies the four who were short listed. It was a tight-run finish, but in the end I decided that the joint winners were Dean B (not for the first time the first entry was a winner) with:
‘so if anyone refers to Westminster as ‘the Mother of Parliaments’ I suggest squeezing their *censored* like so, until they stop’
and macarthurmutterings with:
‘Let’s ALL take a moment to pray that the Brexit crash landing goes as well as it can..’
If each gets in touch, I will arrange for a prize to be on its way (even if, in one case, that entails getting it to Australia). Given the quality of the other two short-listed entries, they deserve to be announced as runners-up:
sbw24 with ‘”A representative democracy and referendums fit together rather like this…’ *immediately pulls hands apart*’
and John Dobson with ‘Lord Norton explains to the British press for the umpteenth time the meaning of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act’.
I remembered what I thought of as an alternative to a book prize. I think I will reveal that later, Suffice to say it involves a picture of me…