January 26, 2008

No Motto Please, We're British

The government of Gordon Brown has announced a plan to burnish British pride by creating a statement of values, perhaps something like to the French liberté, égalité, fraternité. The Times of London sponsored a motto-writing contest. Entries included:

Dipso, Fatso, Bingo, Asbo, Tesco

Once Mighty Empire Slightly Used

At Least We're Not French

We Apologize for the Inconvenience

...and the winner of the contest was,

No Motto Please, We're British

In the House of Lords debate Earl Ferrers suggested the motto of the House of Lords itself:

Questions and Answers Ought to be Short


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