Jabberwocky in the House of Uncommons: The Honorable Apparition of Sir Carne Rasch

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“I work for myself, which is fun. Except when I call in sick, I know I’m lying” – Rita Rudner

parliament_ghosts Stranger things have happened in Parliament…

Sir Frederic Carne Rasch (1847-1914) was a respected, hardworking conservative British politician.  Well, he was a British politician at any rate.  The parliamentary records from the House of Commons show that between February and April 1905, he was a busy man, arguing a wide range of issues including inquiries into why the cavalry’s regulation sash has been changed in color and texture, the status of the three campaigns in Somaliland, the decrease in the number of ex-soldiers employed in the War Office, and consistently berating the other members to “shorten the extraordinary prolixity of speeches”.  He was a busy man.  He had stuff to do.  And we know how politicians like to talk for as P.J. O’Rourke once said, “Politicians are wonderful people as…

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