Monkeys in Parliament
Members of Parliament can rejoice: The government has won an appeal against single-handed anti-war protestor Brian Haw who had previously argued successfully that an exclusions zone around parliament, within which no visible protests would be allowed, did not apply to him since he had already been a regular feature outside the Houses of Parliament well before that legislation had been introduced. You could say, he had become part of the street furniture of Westminster, and since he did not adopt the livery colours of the war criminals and supporters of the illegal invasion of Iraq on both sides of the house, MPs who had to walk past him on their way to work considered him an eyesore.
This resounding victory for unchallenged authority has removed our "representatives" even further from visible criticism and widened the gap between them and the electorate, most of whom no longer bother going to the polls. Like the three monkeys who close their eyes, ears and mouths they can now enjoy the perks of office at Westminster without ever having to look the consequences of their actions into the eye.
Nonetheless, Brian can take heart that he managed to stand up to authority for a whole five years and they only got rid of him by specifically introducing a legislation in the Serious Crime and Police Act 2005 which was designed to remove him, as had been admitted by those pushing for the new law. And we can all take heart that when a government considers a placard-bearing individual to be a "serious security risk" – as they argued in court – then it is unlikely to last much longer.
Meanwhile the abbreviation for Member of Parliament, MP, has gained a completely new meaning reflecting the ridiculous farce of their presence in the Commons: Monkey in Parliament.