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Ahh, Conservatives being Conservatives. There's nothing quite like the sound of knuckles dragging on the floor in the morning. It's almost too hard to imagine the idea of politicians threatening to resign to block reform in a crusty and outdated chamber. Then again, there is still a royal family that sponges pays little taxes and sponges money from the people so it's not a complete surprise.

What's amazing is that one of the Tories is fighting to make sure Margaret Thatcher still has a lifetime seat in the House of Lords. Even if I liked Thatcher and respected her, I find it unthinkable that she should retain a seat in her condition. How ridiculous is it to fight for the rights of someone in her condition to hold a position in government? More on the controversy at The Guardian.

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