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Good evening and welcome to Have I Got News For You.
I'm David Tennant. In the news this week,
there's concern on the beach in Newquay
as David Blunkett goes missing on a surfing holiday.
At Westminster, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw
explains the drawbacks of having an office
directly below the Scottish Nationalists.
Well, twice, I've had urine pouring through from the upstairs gents
through my office ceiling into my office.
And, at Stafford Prison,
after his wobbleboard is confiscated,
Rolf Harris is unhappy with the replacement.
On Ian's team tonight is a ceramic artist
who's also on record as being a supporter of the Labour Party.
Well, at three quid a pop, who isn't these days?
Please welcome Grayson Perry.
And with Paul is a comedian and host of BBC Two's search
for the country's best salon stylist in a show called Hair.
Filming was chaotic, as nobody did anything
until the director shouted "Cut!"
Please welcome Katherine Ryan.
So we start with the bigger stories of the week.
Ian and Grayson, take a look at this.
It's tax credits.
Oh, look, it's the Grayson Perry Lookalike Competition.
I think these guys gave it to George Osborne
with a statutory instrument.
The House Of Lords threw out the Tax Credits Bill.
It's a triumph for the forces of non-democracy.
The right result, but a slightly strange set of means.
Indeed - it's the government's historic defeat
in the House of Lords over George Osborne's tax credit cuts.
It's a case of, like,
the wrong people doing the right thing, isn't it?
Like, if white supremacists had a bake sale for breast cancer.
You'd be like, "Well, OK..."
Who was particularly red in the face about it?
I'm trying to think who was red in the face, apart from George Osborne,
but he doesn't, cos he hasn't got any blood.
How was George reacting on the night of the defeat?
-What did he have to say for himself?
-I think it was shock.
The House Of Lords is traditionally there to vote down bills
-put forward by the Labour Party.
They suddenly got the wrong end of the stick
and threw out a Tory bill, so everyone's very cross.
And the Tories, you know, they're going to...
They're going to team up with Corbyn and abolish the House of Commons.
I can't remember which it is, now.
It's that sort of acute political analysis
that has made your name on this programme.
On the night, though, George did seem to get stuck
in a bit of a loop - have a look at this.
Tonight, unelected Labour and Liberal lords
have defeated a financial matter
passed by the elected House of Commons,
and David Cameron and I are clear
that this raises constitutional issues that need to be dealt with.
Will you take action against them, to punish them?
Well, let's be clear, unelected Labour and Liberal lords
have voted down a matter passed by the elected House of Commons.
That raises constitutional issues
and David Cameron and I are clear they will need to be dealt with.
Chancellor, you also said this was your judgment
and it turned out to be wrong - that's damaging for you, isn't it?
Well, let's be clear - Labour and Liberal lords who are not elected
have voted against measures in a Conservative budget
and that raises constitutional issues.
There's a switch on his back.
Oh, if only...
How did he vary it, the next day,
when he had to defend what happened in the Commons? What did he say?
-Did he sing it?
-He said ...
Sorry, it's my mistake. It's exactly the same thing.
Now, Osborne wasn't the only one stuck on repeat.
His Cabinet colleagues spent a lot of the week saying
he was in...
I wonder if that's as creepy as all his other modes.
-So, has this damaged George, do you think?
One can only hope.
Yeah, the people who proposed
the most important motions against the cuts
were Baroness Meacher, Baroness Manzoor
and Baroness Hollis -
or, as the Daily Mail call them...
Which one was it took the nuclear option?
It was Baroness Manzoor who tried to pass the fatal motion.
Fatal motion - which is what did for Elvis, I think.
It does serve them right for creating all those peers.
There didn't used to be that many and now there are 800 of them.
Yeah, to be fair, half of them get burned down during the summer.
Can't stop that. Can't stop that happening.
You'd think that, given so many peerages,
the Tories would have a majority
at the House of Lords by now, but they don't.
There have been veiled threats that Cameron would flood
the House of Lords with 100 new lords.
If you were Cameron, who would you choose to parachute in there?
-Jeremy Clarkson, that's who they should put in.
That'd get rid of him off the telly, wouldn't it?
-AS JEREMY CLARKSON:
-0-800 in 300 years.
He'd have a denim robe, though, wouldn't he?
And following the votes, there was an interesting discussion
between Baroness Meacher and Michael Ellis MP.
It's worth seeing if she was convinced
by anything that Michael Ellis had to say - let's have a look.
..the House of Commons holds sway over financial matters
is a crucial one to the functioning of our constitution.
Otherwise, we have self-appointed people in the House of Lords.
They have had that temptation placed in their path
on dozens of occasions over the last century.
They resisted that for 100 years - tonight, they haven't.
It's wonderful that they've got her down there,
translating for the hearing impaired.
In a bid to make sure this never happens again, of course,
Lord Strathclyde has announced he's going to do a rapid review
into curbing the House of Lords' powers.
I'll give you a bonus point if any of you can give me
the real name of Lord Strathclyde.
-Is it one of those bonkers, long names?
-Yes - he's called...
Another man of the people.
He has also got product placement in the middle of his name.
You just can't trust the Tories.
Does he change his name in wet weather?
Several of the papers identified one clear super-villain in all this.
Who was that?
-Well, apart from the obvious one?
-Who's the obvious one?
Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Yes, mega-rich musical gargoyle, Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He flew in from New York to vote for the tax credits cuts.
It was his first vote in over two years.
He's previously voted just 30 times
out of a possible 1,898
in 14 years. But he did deny he had flown back specifically
for the vote. Does anyone know why he says he was in town?
He was here for an opening of one of his productions somewhere.
A new musical called Cuts.
He did say he was in town to watch the revival of Cats, the musical.
Surely he's seen that already?
Or maybe he's just got a bad
# Memory... #
What Christmas treat will millions of families
-now be missing out on?
-Their very own cut.
They were looking forward to it.
Christmas Day, open up the presents, nothing there.
All your money gone.
A festive letter from George telling them
what money they were going to lose with the cuts.
Nothing says Christmas quite like a letter from gorgeous George
letting you know you're £1,300 worse off.
He's like Ebenezer Osborne.
-He's a last-minute change of mind.
-With tiny Tim Farron.
The Lib Dem genius.
With all the damage done to George Osborne's reputation,
it's a good job Boris Johnson didn't steal some of the limelight
with one of his ridiculous photo opportunities.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
At Prime Minister's Questions, then,
what was the big question of the week for David Cameron?
Will the bill make people suffer, basically.
And it was said by someone called Karen, I think, or something.
-They're always said by somebody, aren't they, his questions?
He's like a sort of ventriloquist dummy. "Are we going to suffer?"
-"From this terrible bill?"
-I can see an act.
And how many times did Jeremy feel the need to ask this question?
So, he must have got a straight answer one of those times, right?
-The Prime Minister didn't have a reply.
Well, you'd think that's the big question
at Prime Minister's Question time but, of course, it wasn't.
It was from the MP Stephen Metcalfe who asked...
What was the other big story about tax from the Commons this week?
Tell us about that, Katherine.
Well, there's a 5% tax on sanitary products
because they are considered to be luxury items.
Now, while that does not affect me, obviously, I do not use tampons.
I'm a single mother, not a king.
It's ridiculous. You are taking food out of your children's mouths
to pay for tampons. You are, literally, better off taking the food
out of their mouths and using that.
I've been using carrier bags, David. I'm better off financially.
I thumbed two of those up there before I came on the show.
LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE
It's insane that this should be taxed.
This is just dehumanising to call it a luxury item.
There are no jokes. People say period jokes for women.
There are not a lot of period jokes for the same reason
that there are not a lot of leukaemia jokes. It's too sad!
-We've got a lot of period jokes coming up.
We really do. Yes, it is the tampon tax. The VAT on tampons has been
maintained because, as Katherine said,
it's considered a luxury item, unlike Jaffa Cakes,
which are exempt from VAT because they are an essential.
-There's your answer.
-Shall we play a game of Luxury Buys Or Basic Supplies?
Fingers on buzzers, team.
A luxury buy or basic supply - a live kangaroo.
Well, it depends who's buying, isn't it?
-It's got to be a luxury...
-For whom is it is an essential?
Well, for another kangaroo.
-What are you going for?
It's a luxury buy. Are you insane? Of course it is.
Luxury buy or basic supply - honeybees.
-Bees? Or honey from bees?
-You're actually buying them?
-I think that's a basic supply.
I think it's a luxury. Leave them alone. Eat the honey.
-I'm not trying bees.
-What are you going for?
-Plants need them.
I'm going to take your first answer.
-Are they basic?
-It is a basic supply. Quite right.
Luxury buy or basic supply - bumblebees.
Obviously, they're a luxury because they've got fur.
It's a bit like Versace, isn't it?
Yes, this is the shock news that the House of Lords does, in fact,
serve a useful purpose.
As a result of the Lords' rebellion,
the Chancellor has been forced to rewrite his Autumn Statement,
which now reads, "Damn, shit and bollocks!"
Meanwhile, the Treasury survived a rebellion over the so-called...
A relief for George Osborne,
who is going through a tricky period at the moment.
-Paul and Katherine, take a look at this.
Oh, bad news. Killer on the plate.
Yes, this is the bad news that...
-What the what?!
-..eating too many sausages could lead to you exploding
like an atom bomb.
Eating sausages is as dangerous as nuclear war.
-Or is it plutonium?
-Strictly speaking, it's plutonium, yes.
-It's a banned substance now, the sausage.
It is not quite as dangerous as eating plutonium, is it?
-Unless Putin is serving.
I think MI5 will be assassinating people
by giving them sausages and bacon.
KATHERINE: Meat cancer has been all over the news. Yes.
And bacon is the worst offender.
So, it is a good day for Jews and Muslims.
Yes, processed meat is now in the top class
of five World Health Organization classifications
-for carcinogenic substances harmful to humans.
To put things in perspective, eating processed meat increases
the risk of cancer by 18%. I think plutonium is a little higher.
Will you have to change your diet,
now that this news has been leaked to you?
Do you know, I think I will just risk it.
Risk it for a brisket.
In fact, the World Health Organization has tested over 940
substances and only one has been found not to cause cancer.
-Any idea what it was?
The Guardian went looking for individual reactions to the news.
What did John and Bobbie the butchers have to say?
"You've got to die of something, ain't you?"
"Here we are, love."
The report went on...
The Daily Star interviewed a very unusual group of people,
He obviously did not have a problem with sausages.
Who, or what, might save us?
Tomatoes. They're genetically modifying tomatoes to kill cancer.
-Is that right?
-Absolutely right, yes.
According to scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich...
You'll be as healthy as an alcoholic if you eat these tomatoes.
There are foods that are medicine and there are foods that are poison
and there is nothing in between.
But, right now, our poison to medicine scale is off the charts.
We're just ingesting bacon and food that's not food. And bread.
Don't get me started on bread, David.
You believe it's the devil, right?
I have never eaten bread. Even when I was a child.
It looks like eating a napkin. That's not food.
I mean, historically, it is food.
I mean, all those ducks can't be wrong.
It's bad for ducks too.
It's quack cocaine.
Which other harmful foodstuff is the government being urged to deal with?
A tax on sugar would cut down on obesity, apparently.
But why won't David Cameron have anything to do with a sugar tax?
Do the people who make sugar
contribute to the Conservative Party in any way?
That is an appalling suggestion.
The actual response from the Government
is that if you put on a sugar tax, unbelievably,
it will affect mostly the poorer people in the country.
So, much better just to take their credits away.
And then they won't buy fizzy drinks and sugar.
-So, they are caring. In their own way.
There was a man on the radio, it was really funny,
and he was opposing the sugar tax.
He rang in, and he said "The sugar tax is not going to work!
"Look at the carrier bag tax.
"That didn't work on me, I just brought my own bags."
According to the Times...
-He doesn't want to be SEEN to be doing it.
-He draws the blinds.
What kind of damage is sugar doing to people's lives in Somerset?
I think they have really good lives in Somerset.
Well, they did until this happened.
They're being attacked by sugar addicted ponies.
They've been dreading this day for decades.
Have they got organised?
According to the Daily Telegraph...
-Want to see how terrifying the horse problem has become?
Oh, my God! We can't live in a country like this!
Calls for sugar tax have intensified this week.
Sugar is causing problems in Somerset,
where wild ponies are confronting tourists
in an aggressive pursuit of sugary confections.
According to the Mail...
Even worse, when the three other horses erected a screen around her
and loaded a bolt gun.
According to the Daily Star, scientists also claim that...
You know you've got a serious problem
when you're desperately trying to find an unused vein in your Stilton.
On we go to round two, the Jigsaw of News.
Fingers on buzzers. Buzz when you know what this is.
GRAYSON: It's Germaine... Oops. BUZZER
-Germaine Greer. She's got into a lot of trouble.
She's not allowed to speak at some university
-because of her views on the trans-community.
Germaine Greer has cancelled
a planned appearance at Cardiff University after she was accused
-of having misogynist views towards transgender women.
She said, "Transgender women can't be women,"
and she told Newsnight...
Makes you slightly less of a man.
But not a woman.
How's she gone about defending herself? Does anyone know?
-She was interviewed on Newsnight, I think.
And she used rather an interesting analogy to prove her point.
-Anyone know what that was?
She said, "If I put on a brown coat and I grew my ears longer,
"it wouldn't make me a cocker spaniel." Or something like that.
-It's terrifyingly correct.
Pity she couldn't have chosen some other dog.
What did transgender actor Rebecca Root call Greer in response
to her comments?
Misogynistic? Er, a...
A glorified pantomime dame, or something like that?
-A pantomime baddie!
-Yes, that's it! She called her ...
It's all getting a bit ugly, sisters.
SMATTERING OF LAUGHTER
Germaine Greer, a feminist,
who acknowledges the struggle of women throughout the years,
just cos she hasn't experienced the struggle of a transgender person
leading up to today, she shouldn't discount it.
I think it's quite mean, what she said. Awful, in fact.
But shouldn't she be allowed to say something awful?
You should be allowed to say whatever awful things you like.
In a university context,
isn't freedom of speech sort of what universities are for?
You don't disagree with people, you just shut them up?
-That's not really a good idea, is it?
A no-platform situation is not the best one.
I think the students are entitled to not turn up.
I wouldn't turn up if Bill Cosby came to speak at my school.
And I want to learn about comedy, but I'm not going.
Is he likely to be invited?
We're both banned from my school at this point.
Yes, this is Germaine Greer's latest cock up
that has given the transgender community the willies,
which, frankly, is the last thing they want.
Fingers on buzzers, teams, here's another one for you.
Buzz when you know what this is.
Yes, Ian and Grayson?
This is... Apparently, a 15-year-old from Northern Ireland
is meant to have hacked into TalkTalk's computer
and got all people's personal details and put them on the web.
Exactly. Four million customers of
the broadband and phone provider TalkTalk.
Their details were allegedly stolen by a teenage boy.
We're not allowed to reveal HIS name.
He's yet to be convicted of a crime and he is a minor.
Fortunately, the Sun don't care about that
-and they've named him as "5ft tall
With a name like that, he shouldn't be hard to trace.
Just go round all the schools, and when the register's called,
wait till you hear that noise and you've got him.
I feel sorry for the IT guy. He'll be like,
"It must have been China or some North Koreans
"got through my firewall." "No, it was a child." "Oh..."
The Daily Mail said he had a single mum.
Oh, well, he's definitely guilty, then.
On behalf of all single mums, I'm just glad that our bastard children
are finally participating in white-collar crime.
Who says there's no aspiration in the world any more?
I know! It's felt like you have to worry about your son,
knock on this door, "You better be wanking in there
"and not bringing down a corporation."
The two activities aren't mutually exclusive...
And how quick were TalkTalk to respond to their security breach?
They didn't tell anybody, did they, for about a week,
-something like that.
-I think 24 hours after they knew.
But, to be fair, they were experiencing
a very high volume of calls at that time.
This is the so-called...
..who allegedly carried out a damaging cyber attack on TalkTalk.
The hooded teenager was arrested by the police and, when questioned,
replied, "Yeah, whatever. You're not my dad. Boring."
TalkTalk boss Dido Harding said they will handle compensations claims
for their four million users on...
Bad news for loyal customer Zachariah Zimmerman.
The 15-year-old boy who was arrested is described as...
It makes you proud to be British.
In America, he'd have gunned down half his school by now.
We've got to feel good about ourselves where we can, haven't we?
-Yeah, exactly. Count our blessings.
There was a woman in America just the other day
who was just shot by her dog. Her dog!
He was a chocolate lab, so the police were already all over it, but ...
Fingers on buzzers, teams. Here's another one for you.
Who is it?
Yes! That's Paul and Katherine.
I refuse to recognise or remember who this man is.
It's Tony Blair! He's sort of partially apologised but not really.
-I think this an attempt to sort of get in before the verdict.
We do now know that the Chilcot Report is expected to be published
June or July next year.
Six years we've been waiting. Six years.
Longer than the entire Second World War,
to come up with the one sentence we want - "Guilty".
What did he specifically apologise for?
He said he was sorry that the intelligence
-turned out not to be accurate.
Speaking in an interview with American broadcaster CNN, he said...
That's not really fair, given that he manipulated the evidence
to make sure it wasn't accurate.
So he didn't really apologise.
What has former weapons inspector Hans Blix said about this
this week? Anyone hear this?
He accused Blair of misrepresenting intelligence
about Iraq's WMD programme, as you say.
When asked whether Blair had lied, he said...
So, away from war and terrorism,
-and onto salacious relationship gossip.
Who has Blair's ex-pal Rupert Murdoch been enjoying
-the company of recently?
Well, according to Private Eye, it's Jerry Hall.
-Is this correct?
-We got it from the Sunday Times.
It was in the Sunday Times?
Yeah, I read the story and I thought, "Is that true?"
I mean, honestly. Talk about out of your league...Jerry.
Well, according to the Daily Mail...
..it says here.
But according to friends...
No, no ...
A lot of you have got a picture in your head, haven't you?
So, to Labour leaders and international relations,
what did Jeremy Corbyn say about having dinner
with the Chinese President?
-He said it was incredibly boring.
-He did. He said...
This comes from the man who photographs drain covers,
so that really was an insult.
What startling revelations did the Sun uncover
-about Jeremy Corbyn this week?
-What are the stunning revelations?
Well, the Sun tracked down Jeremy Corbyn's wife's niece,
who lived with him until recently, who disclosed that he enjoys...
What a bastard.
And finally, another international statesman revealed
something this week. Who and what was that?
I think "international statesman" is pushing it, but...
-It's not Sepp Blatter?
-It's Sepp Blatter.
He shocked us all - not - by saying that choosing Russia
to host the World Cup was a forgone conclusion
-before the actual vote.
So it was rigged?
-Yes, I know. Shocking, isn't it?
The Russians will be furious to find out they didn't win it legitimately.
Putin will be angry as hell.
Yes, this is the news that Tony Blair had sort of said
sorry for Iraq. During the interview, Tony Blair added...
Mr Blair, no-one is doubting your ability
to deceive people on a massive scale.
Also this week, Sepp Blatter revealed
that even before voting began, it had already been decided
that Russian would host the 2018 World Cup,
but he denied this was doing Russia any favours as they would lose
in the final, 3-2, to Germany.
After the English bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals
received only one vote, Sepp Blatter declared that...
-No, we're not...
-We're brilliant at it.
-That's what - that's the same joke.
-Oh, is it? Sorry!
It's good, though.
We'll go back -
we'll do it again, you can read the last bit.
If you look at their record since 1966,
I think you'll find that England are very good at losing.
Which means, at the end of this round...
it's four points to Ian and three points to Paul.
Time now for the Odd One Out Round.
It's just one between you this week. Your four are...
the Dalai Lama,
and air conditioning.
GRAYSON: Is it something to do with sexism?
Charlotte Proudman has been the victim of sexism on LinkedIn.
And all the others have been accused of sexism.
I think air conditioning was recently outed as a sexist...
Ah, yes. Yes.
..because it favours the male metabolism.
I don't know about the Dalai Lama,
but James Bond is practically a synonym for sexism.
It's a full, frank and fundamentally 100% correct answer.
Proudman sparked a media storm when she accused a fellow lawyer
of being sexist for commenting on her photo
on the professional online platform LinkedIn.
Also, Charlotte Proudman has stolen her hairstyle from someone...
No, I've got... LAUGHTER
I've got this hair registered.
Ian, I think you'll find the Dalai Lama
has pulled off a similar...
Daniel Craig recently called James Bond a misogynist.
He's "a bit" of a misogynist in the way that Oscar Pistorius
is "a bit" lucky he wasn't black.
Just a bit...
How has the latest instalment of Bond, Spectre,
attracted criticism for its apparently sexist attitude?
Is it because the lady in it is an older woman,
but Daniel Craig said she's not "older", she's just Bond's age?
-..is 51 -
the oldest Bond girl yet,
which was hailed as a revolutionary portrayal of women in the franchise,
but she appears on-screen for just seven minutes,
in which time he manages to meet her, sleep with her
and extract the information he needs.
Was that all one swift movement?
Air conditioning has been accused of being sexist
for being set at too cold a temperature
for female office workers.
There is of course a simpler way
of making women feel warmer in the office -
just double glaze that glass ceiling.
And the Dalai Lama has outraged feminists
by saying that any potential female successor to his role
would need to be very, very attractive.
Some Tibetan Buddhist priest believe that in the moment of his death,
the reincarnated Dalai Lama enters the body of a small child.
Whereas some Catholic priests think, "Why wait?"
Time now for the Missing Words Round,
which this week features as its guest publication...
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We start with...
GRAYSON: Er, my wife is not a kite fan,
but she likes to give mine a good pull
and tolerates a bit of wind.
GRAYSON: Smoking while there's children in the Millennium Falcon.
Chewbacca arrested for...
-Yes, this is the news that a man dressed as Chewbacca
was campaigning for a candidate called Darth Vader
in a Ukraine election.
Fair enough with Putin on the doorstep -
a vote for Darth Vader is a vote for peace.
Here he is being carted off by police.
And here he is in court.
He looks like he's been roughed up since he was put into that car.
Is it allergy to wedding cake?
Is it Twitter?
It's Michael Gove.
-Ruined by Michael Gove?!
What, has he dug him up?
Is he a time traveller? Look who I'm asking - is he a time traveller?
-In a way.
-In a way?
Renowned Henry VIII impersonator Mike Farley
has seen his work opportunities dwindle
after the Tudors were slashed from the national curriculum.
Explaining the appeal to schoolkids of the Tudors,
But they can get all that stuff online now, Mike.
KATHERINE: The Pope has a good job but he doesn't get to internet date -
or does he?
The Pope has a good job
but he doesn't get to take time off or fly a kite or stuff a ferret.
GRAYSON: He doesn't get to wear trousers or culottes.
It must be all of those.
All of which answers are more plausible than the actual truth,
..according to Rod Stewart,
who expressed these views this week in an interview with the Sun.
Rod, do you know nothing about Catholicism?
The Pope has wine DURING the show.
Was a popular euphemism.
Oh, sorry. You were on a beaver theme.
I thought you were calling sex "Invading the creek", and I...
LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE
I loved that.
Well, we can do a retake if you like.
It's a more interesting answer than the rather obvious...
Parachuting beavers killed 15 civilians in the 1940s.
Were they trained by MI5?
Yeah, but you can't direct the parachuting beaver.
Once he's out there, he's out there.
Good for all those German dams, though.
GRAYSON: Ooh, fair enough.
Parachuting beavers imitated Churchill.
-We are parachuting beavers.
An historian in the US state of Idaho
has unearthed a video of the great beaver trip of 1948 -
a relocation plan for the state's beavers.
Here it is.
Now into the air and down they swing.
Box open and a most unusual and novel trip ends for Mr Beaver.
How can it be cheaper to drop them from planes
rather than just take them in a car, "There you are."
"I'm not flying easyJet again, thanks very much.
"Where the hell am I?"
What happens if the box doesn't open when they hit the ground, as well?
GRAYSON: They're beavers!
So, at the end of the quiz, the final scores are...
Paul and Katherine have five,
but the winners are Ian and Grayson with six.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
On which note we say thank you to our panellists,
Ian Hislop and Grayson Perry, Paul Merton and Katherine Ryan -
and I leave you with the news
that as George Osborne begins to look vulnerable,
leadership rival Boris Johnson plans his next move.
In Zurich, Sepp Blatter explains how,
despite being President of Fifa,
evidence of corruption never reached him.
And CCTV captures the moment just before Prince Philip
finally loses it with the Queen.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE