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By Dawn Foster (for Jacobin)
New British parliament sessions always begin with antiquated pomp and
circumstance. The doors to the House of Commons are slammed in the face
of a figure called “Black Rod,” who raps on the door three times with a
staff. Then it opens, and the Queen is ushered in to read a speech
prepared by the prime minister and his aides, setting out the new
to continue reading.
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