After a lengthy shutdown to celebrate an extended National Democracy Month, the Parliament of Shalampax finally reopened this morning. It’s return to session was quite normal for our Parliament, which is to say that it was totally bizarre.
As has long been the custom here in Shalampax, the parliamentary session began with the Members of Parliament (MPs) being formally summoned to the parliamentary chambers by a government official who holds the ceremonial title of the “Gentleman of the Black Rod.” I don’t want to get into how that title came into existence, but suffice it to say that I think it’s genetic.
Yes, I know that the Gentleman of the Black Rod is a sexist title. We usually practice near universal gender equality here, but the title was appropriate for the first person who served in the role and old habits die hard. Again, in case there are any children reading this, please do not assume that there was any pun intended by the confluence of the word “hard” with the title “Gentleman of the Black Rod” in this paragraph.