Stop the press! Save the cottage!

What really matters in life

A bold subheading. Especially when you see the article I'm about to link to. It seems I'm arguing that "what really matters in life" is small abandoned thatched cottages in Galway, which is a strange position to adopt, given everything else that's going on in the world at the moment.

But I am not one to be deterred once a campaign has been brought to my attention. And why should a decaying cottage not garner as much attention as Copenhagen/Iran/electoral reform? Yes, I can also think of around four hundred reasons why, but I'm going to stick with this one, dammit.

So, good luck, Galway. Save that cottage and its little windows. And save the thatch, too, obviously. If small cottages like that didn't have newspapers like you, o Galway News, standing up for them, God only knows what might happen. It might be the end of all quaint cottages! Of all picturesque scenes. Of all Constable-inspired coach tours. The ramifications are endless and terrifying.

Seriously, people. MOBILISE. Let's see some Cottage Camp swoops on the Houses of Parliament and protesters thatching the roof of Buckingham Palace to make their point. We need to show the world at large that this cottage is not going to die quietly. No indeed.

 

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.