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Former transport minister comes out with a cracker at Cambridge Union Brexit debate

Former transport minister Andrew Adonis drew laughs at the Cambridge Union at the University of Cambridge last night with a bicycle-related joke at the expense of Tory backbench MP and Hardest of Hard Brexits cheerleader-in-chief, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The MP for North East Somerset, whose whose demeanour, dress and opinions may lead some to wonder if HG Wells’ 1895 novella The Time Machine was rather more than a work of fiction, was pitted against the Labour peer in a debate titled “This house believes no deal is better than a bad deal.”

But as respective proposer and opponent of the motion, neither was eligible for a prize of a bicycle to be awarded to the best speaker from the floor on the evening, reports Bloomberg.

That prompted the following barb from Adonis: “We think we should be eligible and Jacob in particular wants to have the penny farthing if he wins.”

As it turned out, Rees-Mogg lost the debate … but if he fancies a spin on one of those new-fangled bicycles, he could always ask the Courtyard Coffee House and Penny Farthing Museum in Cheshire if he could borrow their recently-acquired ‘Hobby Horse’, believed to be Britain’s oldest bike and made 199 years ago.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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burtthebike [1381 posts] 1 week ago
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Surely an ordinary would be rather too advanced for this throwback to the days of glorious empire?

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CXR94Di2 [1959 posts] 1 week ago
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No f*****g politics. There are plenty of other forums dedicated to debate Brexit

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burtthebike [1381 posts] 1 week ago
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CXR94Di2 wrote:

No f*****g politics. There are plenty of other forums dedicated to debate Brexit

Cycling is political.  We need the politicians to stop funding more and more roads and start building the cycling infrastructure that they are all so in favour of but can't afford because they've spent all the money on roads and ego schemes like HS2.

We need the politicians to stop talking about helmets as if they were the answer to cycling safety and to actually do something that might work.

We need politicians to get out of their cars and onto their bikes.

Not sure about Jacob Rees-Smug though; I might draw the line there.

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ConcordeCX [631 posts] 1 week ago
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Adonis smites Jacob.

It's like Ancient and Classical Death Match with two bronzed heroes oiled up and wrestling in the dust in their loin-cloths and sandals.

But without the loincloths and sandals.

 

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brooksby [2917 posts] 1 week ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Surely an ordinary would be rather too advanced for this throwback to the days of glorious empire?

Did you see this weeks Private Eye cover? Rees-Mogg wants to take us out of the EU so we might commence trading with Persia, Mesopotamia, and Far Cathay.  Isn't he referred to as the honourable member for 1880?

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Leviathan [2935 posts] 1 week ago
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How this antediluvian twit holds any power in this country beggars belief.

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FullGas [44 posts] 1 week ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Cycling is political. 

No way. You just want it  to be. Politics is about poll numbers.  Polls say that  people think cycling is kids stuff and real tax payers drive cars. That’s why we don’t see any investment in cycling. 

Want to really make a difference? Move to a country where cycling is taken seriously and make a difference for yourself. Why would you waste your time fighting against a bunch of people who don’t care if you live or die? 

Before you or anybody say for the country, just remember the country is the people. And, life is already too short all on itself. 

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ConcordeCX [631 posts] 1 week ago
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Leviathan wrote:

How this antediluvian twit holds any power in this country beggars belief.

English nationalists yearning for an identity derived from something they don't understand called free trade, and an economy based only on colonial exploitation  and the enslavement of brown-skinned people everywhere, coupled with a hatred of Germans and assorted other foreigners. They all think they'll be dukes and earls, but in fact they'll be chimney sweeps and tweenies, tugging their forelocks to Rees-Mogg and his snooty chums in their London clubs.

 

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Morat [287 posts] 1 week ago
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This is a very thin story about a very weak joke.

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brooksby [2917 posts] 1 week ago
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Leviathan wrote:

How this antediluvian twit holds any power in this country beggars belief.

Well, he is considerably wealthy (multi-millions wealthy)... And remember that our country's  democratic ideals are gradually being changed a plutocracy.

 

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alansmurphy [1661 posts] 1 week ago
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The headline would be far better without the word 'joke'...

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Zjtm231 [100 posts] 1 week ago
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This really has nothing to do with cycling. Road.cc please go have a little look at yourselves in the mirror.

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Anthony.C [246 posts] 1 week ago
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He's more Andrew than Adonis.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1974 posts] 1 week ago
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Anthony.C wrote:

He's more Andrew than Adonis.

 

In fairness, the fellow made that joke himself a long time ago.  I'd have changed my name early on, mind.  Talk about writing cheques one's body can't cash.

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Anthony.C [246 posts] 1 week ago
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If he did he certainly wasn't the first...Robert Harris coined the phrase.

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burtthebike [1381 posts] 1 week ago
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FullGas wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

Cycling is political. 

No way. You just want it  to be. Politics is about poll numbers.  Polls say that  people think cycling is kids stuff and real tax payers drive cars. That’s why we don’t see any investment in cycling. 

Want to really make a difference? Move to a country where cycling is taken seriously and make a difference for yourself. Why would you waste your time fighting against a bunch of people who don’t care if you live or die? 

Before you or anybody say for the country, just remember the country is the people. And, life is already too short all on itself. 

Actually, all the polls say that the majority of people want more money spent on cycling.

Why should I have to move to another country just because this one is run by driving fanatics?  We know what works, all the politicians acknowledge that the future is more cycling and that there must be more investment, they are just so gutless and cowardly that they won't do it.

I've no idea what you last two sentences mean.