Thursday 18 August 2005

Sound money

The Englishman draws attention to the Telegraph story about the proposed coin competition.

From the Telegraph:

An open competition to find new designs for the reverse of the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coin is to be held by the Royal Mint. The designs are to be changed better to "reflect modern Britain, and will need final approval by Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.
The Englishman's response:
Of course in one way this is very good news but this constant need to "reflect Modern Britain" - new, new, new - is just boring and tedious. When we had real money the back of the Penny never changed, why not bring back Britannia back.
I agree that Britannia would be ideal but it's not going to happen, is it? So lets suggest some "appropriate" designs that really do "reflect Modern Britain".

Three suggestions:

(1) An exploding backpack.

(2) A spin doctor.

(3) A "human rights" lawyer who doubles as a failed property speculator.

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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Donald McCampbell
Maybe just an allusion to said lady: I propose a cherry. People could snigger and all kinds of urban myths would grow up regarding how it came to be.

20 August 2005, 19:08:34 GMT+01:00
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David Farrer
I made that third one up. It couldn't possibly be true, could it? 
(Actually, one of my sisters works in the Bristol property market and tells me that the "discount" negotiated by the "Australian conman" was available to anyone who asked.)

18 August 2005, 14:07:22 GMT+01:00
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I do hope that your 3rd suggestion was not an impolite allusion to Ms Greedie Boot Q.C.?

18 August 2005, 12:57:36 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Duffin
Final approval from Gordon Brown? 
How arrogant these have people become! 
The final approval, as ever, will come from the lady whose image will appear on the coin and in whose name it will be issued. 
Happily, even after 8 years of NuLab, that position is not yet occupied by any politician.

18 August 2005, 12:16:43 GMT+01:00
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I take it there'll be a Scottish set of coins as is customary. Might they show, oh, a shortish chap in a pin-striped kilt and a flouncy blouse? A hospital waiting list? A vandalised council estate? The Holyrood building?  
All too obvious, really. How about a villa in Spain or an MSP's expenses claim form? That's a bit nearer the reality of New Scotland. And of course one of Adam Smith, weeping.

18 August 2005, 10:53:04 GMT+01:00