Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ascension Address: Call to Order

By order of the House, the Ruleset is amended by repealing all dynastic rules, by replacing each occurrence of “Auspex” with “Speaker”, and by replacing each instance of “Believer” with “Honourable Member”.

The Speaker hereby calls to order the inaugural meeting of the House of Nomicites at the opening of the First Parliament of BlogNomic in the Fourth Dynasty of scshunt, on this first day after Doomsday.

The House has agreed that the Speaker should make a statement at the beginning of each Session about the duties and responsibilities of hon. Members. Members are answerable for their conduct in this place, not just to the House but to the public. We have great privileges here, and we must respect the powers to which we are accorded by using them responsibly.

Every member of the public has a right to expect that his or her Member of Parliament will behave with civility, in the best traditions of fairness, with the highest level of probity and with integrity. We are also under an obligation to try to explain to our constituents how
Parliament works. But therein lies our fundamental duty. We are at the dawn of a new age, and a brand new House in a brand new Parliament in a brand new Dynasty. We must establish the rules here, so that we may serve as an exemplar of order within this chaotic new world. We have a core set of rules, and that core should remain intact, but now should be a time of experimentation and of wonder in this wonderful new dynasty.

I welcome you all, and let us be the best that we can be.

With content borrowed from the speech at the opening of the House of Commons of the Second Session of the Fifty-Fifth Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Wednesday May 9 2012, delivered by The Right Honourable Mr. Speaker John Bercow.


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