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+ + + + Dateline: late September, 2008 + + + +
Good morning America, how are you? This is your favorite son, Chad Hanging, reporting. The President of Englandland, Norman Brown, is arriving in our nation's capital this afternoon to meet with President Bush. But just who is this guy? Let's cross to our special correspondent Brit Limey.
Hey, Chad. As you can see, I'm standing in the world-famous Trafalgar Circus, with the House of Fayed directly behind me.
So what can you tell us about Norman Brown?
Well, Chad, he has been President for some nine months now. He used to be Chancellor.
What, you mean he's, like, German?
No, that's what they call their Treasury Secretary over here.
And is he a Conservative, like President Tony Blair?
Chad, there wasn't an election. He did think about calling one, but decided against it because he was frightened he might lose.
How can you change Presidents without having an election? I mean, it's not like President Blair was assassinated.
That's just the way it works in Englandland. The leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Lords gets to be President.
So Norman Brown was elected leader of the Labour Party?
Negative, again, Chad. He did raise money and have a leadership campaign, but no one stood against him.
What, nobody? No primaries, no general election, nothing?
Let me get this straight. His party hasn't elected him, the country hasn't elected him, yet he still gets to be President. Sounds like a tinpot Commie dictatorship to me.
You could say that, Chad. Norman Brown doesn't really like anyone being given the chance to vote on anything.
Someone must have voted for him, some time.
Oh, yes. He was elected to the House of Lords by his constituents in Scotlandland.
He's Scoddish, then?
That's a big Ten-Four, Chad.
So is he President of Scotlandland, too?
No, that's a guy called Alan Salmon.
Hang on, if Brown's from Scotlandland, how can he be President of Englandland?
That's just the way it goes in this crazy country, Chad. Brown can make laws for Englandland, but not for his own people in Scotlandland. Not that it matters much because Brown has signed away most of Englandland's lawmaking powers to unelected European bureaucrats in Brussels, Belgiumland.
That would be like stripping Congress of the power to make laws in America and handing it over to Mexico.
I guess so.
How in the Hell did the people of Englandland vote for that?
They didn't. Brown wouldn't let them, even though it was a solemn promise in his party's manifesto the last time people were allowed to vote.
Couldn't the Supreme Court have stopped him?
Not really. The Supreme Court of Englandland is now in Strasbourg, where the geese come from.
Isn't there any opposition?
There's a guy called Boris.
I wouldn't be surprised, Chad. There are millions of Eastern Europeans living here now, mainly in Peterburl. Englandland has seen mass immigration over the past ten years, but no one voted for that, either.
What in the name of Ulysses S. Grant is going on over there, Brit? We're talking about the country which gave us Magna Carta, saw off the Armada, stood alone against Hitler and invented parliamentary democracy. How does Norman Brown get away with it? He must be a popular guy.
Far from it, Chad. According to the latest opinion polls, he's the most unpopular President ever. His approval ratings are even worse than George Dubya Bush. There's talk about him having to stand down soon. He's already promised the job to some guy who works for him - name of Balls.
Say again, Brit, you're breaking up.
You're damn right there, buddy.