Wednesday, 11 March 2009

THE CASTRATION OF MEPS

Amendments to pollution legislation aimed at introducing limits on CO2 emissions from new power plants were ruled inadmissable in the Parliament. Apparently we have adopted a rule for ourselves that says we shall not explore new topics when existing legislation is being updated, as in this case.

I rise to make a point of order: "The Parliament has no powers to initiate legislation so with these rules we have castrated ourselves. If our virility is to be restored they will need to be reviewed."

General appreciation, but some laughing comments about my 'sexist' use of language. When the session ends I challenge some of my female colleagues to give me words with the same meaning appropriate for their gender, but they are stumped.

Suggestions please.

1 comment:

rebeccaparris said...

Surely sexual language is unecessary, relating to either gender, when the words 'castrated' could be replaced by 'disempowered' and virility could be replaced by 'power'?