Our British Parliament can be a rum old place and not least in the terms it employs.

Take the Early Day Motion, for example. Theoretically it is a subject for debate in the Commons on an 'early day' ie soon.

In fact, rather as our 'public' schools are really 'private' schools, EDMs are never debated, either early or late. They more resemble petitions to which supportive MPs simply add their names.

Often more than a thousand EDMs now emerge each Parliamentary Session. Many are short, topical, localised and laudatory. Congrats to Plonktown Athletic for winning a cup.

Others are longer, more obtuse, even insulting of government or the occasional individual MP. …

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