Big breasts and politics

Ex-Labour MP Paul Flynn wrote a lively, gossipy and engaging book on life inside the UK Parliament.

His Daily Mail feature gives an insight into the unique, and somewhat incestuous environment of that institution – and from my experience, of the New Zealand Parliament as well.

Flynn obviously regards the strangeness fondly – and so do I.

His only real beef appears to be with Select Committees; whose job is to interrogate matters, especially legislation, with vigor and intelligence. But with alarming regularity, they don’t.

Being a Daily Mail story, it features a photo of a well endowed Wonderbra model being embraced by Lembit Opik, an ex-MP.  It’s a gorgeous expression of the saying that politics is Hollywood for ugly people. With all due respect to Lembit, the closest he was ever going to get to that model was by going into politics…

Flynn’s insights reveal the endearing ordinariness and passions of the  institution that runs UK. 

Righteous pundits who rail against the trivia and weaknesses of Parliaments, and want thing “better”, really just have a problem with the untidiness of people. It’s an understandable ideal, but the reality of people and politics is largely unchangeable.

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