It was close but finally democracy won through, with a coalition of parties uniting against the common enemy.
Yes, for the umpteenth year in a row, the valiant men of the House of Commons tug o’ war team beat the team representing the Other Place in the event, held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. Here’s an interesting fact you may or may not be aware of with regard to this very important annual event: the House of Lords were victors pretty much every year right up until… that’s right, right up until the hereditary peers were removed. Since then, the Commons has won every time. What does that tell you?
I was a member of the team myself on two victorious occasions, in 2002 and 2003. After that I gave it up for health reasons; the intensity of effort you put in during a few seconds is truly intense and not something I would recommend to someone who wasn’t already fighting fit. Which I’m not.
So congratulations to Tory MP James Gray, who once again captained the team, and his heroic colleagues. The impressive cup will once again take pride of place behind the counter in the tearoom, where it will serve, I hope, to humiliate any passing Lord buying his cup of tea.