Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead no less! I reckon there are parts of this island where you would be better off being Andy Gray at Germaine Greer’s Birthday party than have that title. This one will run and run!
A funny bit of politics alright. I’m not sure I understand the gist. Are they using this device to deny him the chance to resign on his own terms or to make a commotion in not taking the oath of allegiance? Just curious. I don’t take any interest in the doings of Gerry Adams really (other than to tell anyone who thinks otherwise that he is a hypocrite, a liar and a cretin of the first degree).
It’s actually a legal requirement, not just an internal parliamentary procedure. Apart from bankruptcy, elevation to the Lords or being convicted of a crime carrying a minimum sentence of 1 year, the only way to forfeit your seat is by accepting a paid office of the crown, and they’re certainly not going to make him a high court judge.
The House of Commons is like the Hotel California.
It really is. I can’t stop laughing at all this. If he gets elected in Louth ( and my fingers, toes and eyeballs are crossed that he does not) do we have to address him as Sir Gerry now? I hope that people do, just to piss him off !
According the H.M Treasury Website he’s announced as “Gerard Adams;Steward and bailiff of the Barony”.
His other option of a quick resignation was to plea “mental illness”.
Something I think he should have taken. The guy’s a mentalist.
It’s not a knighthood so there’s no reason for anyone to addres hin as “Sir”. It’s just an antiquated British parliamentary tradition that probably should have been shelved long ago. Were the same procedure to apply in Ireland, this place would be full of posts decrying the backward nature of our parliamentary system.