IN THE GENERAL election of 1265, historians estimate that approximately 8 freeholders were eligible to vote for the 3 seats in Parliament.
The famous “Model Parliament” of 1295 was carved from a single bath-size bar of soap.
Charles I, in spite of his considerable command of the English language, was never able to understand the distinction between a hung Parliament and a hanged Parliament.
By the late 1700s, the two members from the “rotten borough” of Cheesewick in Dumpcestershire were elected by three red squirrels and a badger. It was notorious that the squirrels could all be bribed for the price of a chestnut each.
The Filthy Selfish Rich Snobs Party made considerable gains in the election of 1879 by changing its name to “Conservative Party.”
In 1923, the Mayfly Party won 378 seats, giving them an absolute majority; but the members were all dead before they could form a government, and another election had to be called.
A recent survey of 119 randomly chosen Labour MPs found that 89% were unable to articulate any explanation of the origin of the name of their party.
Every year on Guy Fawkes Day, the Queen sends each member of Parliament an ornate greeting card with a gentle reminder that she could, constitutionally speaking, squash them all like bugs.