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10 December 2018

A British MP picked up the ceremonial mace in parliament and US politics Twitter loved it

It was a-mace-ing.

By Media Mole

During a fractious debate in parliament on Monday evening, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour MP for Kemptown & Peacehaven, picked up the ceremonial mace that marks the authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons, sparking one of the most British fusses of all time.

The image quickly sparked a furore over on American political Twitter as it slowly realised the hilarious fact that the difference between America and Britain is that while America’s constitution is written on a piece of paper, Britain’s constitution is spread across a variety of ceremonial weaponry. Their first reaction was confusion:

…which was quickly overtaken by the second stage: general hilarity.

As for Russell-Moyle himself? He was thrown out of parliament but will live to face the mace another day.


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