OK’s End of Year Quiz

As is traditional at Yuletide, readers of OurKingdom may like to participate in this short and simple ‘end of the year’ constitutional reform quiz.
Stuart Wilks-Heeg
23 December 2009

As is traditional at Yuletide, readers of OurKingdom may like to participate in this short and simple ‘end of the year’ constitutional reform quiz. You'll find five questions followed by the answers below. Let us know how you did in the comments - and no peeping!

1. Who wrote the following in The Daily Telegraph on 25 May 2009?

‘This crisis can be turned into an opportunity. 2009 doesn’t have to be the year the British political system was brought to its knees. If we seize the moment we can make it the year of reform.’

2. Who told readers of The Guardian the following on 27 May 2009?

‘The MP’s expenses scandal has overturned old certainties and made change possible. The moment must be seized by all who want a different kind of politics (…) let us bar the gates of Westminster and stop MPs leaving for their summer holidays until the crisis has been sorted out.’

3. Who said the following to MPs in the House of Commons on 10 June 2009? ‘In the midst of all the rancour and recriminations about expenses, let us seize the moment to lift our politics to a higher standard. In the midst of doubt, let us revive confidence (…) let us stand together for integrity and democracy’.

4. Which three UK party leaders wanted to ‘seize the moment’ to introduce constitutional reform in Summer 2009?

5. Did they?





1.  David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party (two points)

2.  Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats (two points)

3.  Gordon Brown, Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party (two points)

4.  David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown (one point each).

5.  No (one point; -10 points for ‘Yes’).



Between 5 and 10: get out more

Between 1 and 4: get over it (the first three questions aren’t fair)

Between -10 and -1: get real

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