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The royal “we”

From today's debate on the common agricultural policy:

Lord Dykes: We remember with affection the legendary tabloid headline 50 years ago, “English student killed by German thunderstorm”.
Do we, Lord Dykes? Do we?

Here are the only results for this headline that Google provides. Three different sources for this quote:

Lord Dykes: We remember with great affection the Daily Express headline 20 years ago, “English student killed by German thunderstorm”.
]Lords Hansard, 9 June 2008]
And one for this:

Mr Hugh Dykes: I recall with affection an emotional headline in the mid-fifties—it will be claimed that it is apocryphal, but I am sure it is true—which read: “English student killed by German thunderstorm”.
[Commons Hansard, 13 June 1978]
A colleague has suggested that this is actually a 1960s sci-fi short story: the reason the noble Lord is the only person who remembers this event is because much later in his life he is exposed to some kind of temporal anomaly and the student killed in that thunderstorm in the 1950s is him.

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zornhau
Nov. 18th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Did he think about the implications for his wife when he chose to be Lord Dykes.
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