Posted by: secretperson | July 21, 2008

Idiots and Lunatics in Parliament

Elizabethan laws banning ‘idiots and lunatics’ from standing for parliament may be abandoned. The laws also mean anyone who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act is barred for life, even if they recover.

I have a couple of questions. If lunatics are banned from parliament, how have the Monster Raving Loonies been allowed to stand for so long? And would anyone watching parliament believe this rule had been enforced?

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