Saturday, May 31, 2008

English Tradition

Anger as Labour's 'petty vandals' strip Black Rod of half his powers

Labour was accused of "petty parliamentary vandalism" last night over a decision to strip Black Rod, the personal attendant of the Queen in the Lords, of his historic powers.

The current holder of the 658-year-old post, Lieutenant General Sir Michael Willcocks, is being forced to quit the job two years earlier than expected ? and his successor will have only half his powers.

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