MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle Grabbing British Parliament Mace

MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle Grabbing British Parliament Mace

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MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle Grabbing British Parliament Mace refers to a viral video of English Labour Party MP (member of Parliment) Lloyd Russell-Moyle picking up The Mace, a symbol of royal authority needed for both houses of British Parliament to pass laws. Russell-Moyle took The Mace, which looks like a large, golden club, from its holder and attempted leave Parliament to the dismay of fellow members. Online, the video inspired jokes and memes about English government and Brexit.

Origin

On December 10th, 2018, during a session of Parliament, Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle picked up the Mace and walked it over "the line" toward other MPs as members of the opposition party, the Torys, shouted at Russell-Moyle to put it back.[1]

That day, BBC journalist @dcakraemer posted the video (shown below).[2] The tweet received more than 2,400 retweets, 6,900 likes and 4 million views in 24 hours.


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Following the video, many mocked the British government and their traditions. Twitter[3] user @JimMFelton retweeted the video and added the comment "Britain to the world: We are a noble, respected and extremely advanced democracy Also Britain: Oh, it’s all kicking off now, they’ve grabbed the big mace!" The tweet received more than 2,900 retweets and 10,000 likes in 24 hours (shown below, left).

Throughout the day, people continued to make jokes about the grab (examples below, center and right).

That day, Mashable [4] published an article about the Mace.


Britain to the world: We are a noble, respected and extremely advanced democracy Also Britain: Oh it's all kicking off now, they've grabbed the big mace! Daniel Kraemer 0:24 4.2M views Lloyd Russell-Moyle after grabbing the mace SA TRAVERS BA STOL AM WHITE LD 鴛价 I am so random. I can't believe I just did that. john bercow's half-hearted and utterly impotent murmurs of 'no, no, no, nono, no..." are really the brexit 'negotiations' in a nutshell Timothy Burke @bubbaprog The angle of these dudes outraged at the nicking of the mace 1:00

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The important context that you have to understand here is that the Mace is like Thor's hammer. Not just anybody can pick it up for most of us, it would appear bolted to the floor. But Lloyd Russell-Moyle is no mortal man Julia Macfarlane Ф @juliamactarlane Britain has fallen 0:23 And now for a Brexit update gifbin.com GIF sorry for all the retweets of UK parliamentary drama but this account is now all about dat mace bout dat mace
The angle of these dudes outraged at the nicking of the mace Gotta love a British parliamentary form of protest - grabbing the giant mace. Daniel Kraemer@dcakraemer Here is @lloyd_rm grabbing the mace just now Show this thread 0:23 I have taken the mace that was on the desk and which you probably considered a breach of decorum Forgive me it was a political prop so heavy and so meaningless

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