The Great Goose Quiz
Quiz 4 has an Iolanthe flavour
Iolanthe takes us to parliament. How much do you know about the peers and commoners?
- The trouble started when some one invited the participation of commoners in Parliament. Who was it?
- The Lords Spiritual used to be a majority. How many bishops are there currently eligible to sit in the House of Lords?
- It seems every modern parliament tries to cull the house. How many Lords are left in total?
- When did the House of Lords lose its judgement?
- Airs and graces have we none, but titles aplenty. What is the full title of a Law Lord?
- The power of the Lords is much constrained since Gilbert's day. Which is now the only sort of Bill the House of Lords can veto?
- In Iolanthe, a female fairy takes control of the House but she still has to send a man in as proxy. How many years after Iolanthe was first performed were women finally permitted to take their seats in the Lords?
- The woolsack is the seat of The Lord Chancellor. It's apparently not that comfortable. When was the woolsack last re-stuffed?
- Her Majesty the Queen has her own throne in the House of Lords but she doesn't go to the other place. who was the last monarch to visit the commons?
- Moving to the other place; until 1706, the speaker of the House of Commons was allowed to take his chair with him on retirement. That perk has vanished and the current Speaker's chair looks a bit too heavy anyway. What is it made from?
Answers in the next edition of GanderS...