UFOs in the House of Lords, 1979 (Uncovered Editions)

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The winter of 1979 in Britain was a time of strikes and unrest, fuel shortages and lay-offs, the winter of discontent. This book is an extract from the Hansard for 18 January, when this debate took place. Their Lordships debated the need of an international initiative in response to the problem of unidentified flying objects and there were fascinating speeches from noble lords and prelates. "Uncovered Editions" are historic official papers now available in popular form.

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"The cure for admiring the House of Lords," Walter Bagehot observed, "was to go and look at it." The truth of this dictum is certainly upheld by this Stationery Office edition of their Lordships' 1979 debate on the desirability of holding an inquiry into the occurrence of UFOs. Seldom has so much eloquence been displayed on such a bizarre topic. By letting the peers pontificate verbatim, tying themselves in astronomical knots, this proves to be one of the best of this imaginative series of reproductions of official government documents. Ancient Egypt, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Star Trek and the Loch Ness monster are all discussed in this zany debate, proving that there are more laughs a minute in the Houses of Parliament than in any Ben Elton script. Let there be more such editions of this sort in this series, to lighten the rather heavy fare of military disasters. -- Miles Taylor

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