Who let the goats out?
Everywhere. Splashed across social media. It’s like a petting zoo out there.
Stand easy goats and go back to Goat Yoga (yes it's a thing) pic.twitter.com/WjCSZ4Xb9U
— Rupert Evelyn (@rupertevelyn)
— K (@mkasad2010)
As is tradition, young Prince George has been sent to retrieve the goatskin for the parchment...but the goat has told him to fuck off. pic.twitter.com/jLrHvEgwWC
— Angry Salmond (@AngrySalmond)
And, yes, ambitious goats:
T. May: 19% (-24)
The Goat: 89% (+57) pic.twitter.com/64eN1SIexi
— an unpaid protester (@DotDillon2)
So why the goatification of the internet?
The fun began with the announcement that the Queen’s Speech, in which the government lays out its agenda and essentially marks the formal start of the legislative year, has been delayed. The quirky event had been scheduled for Monday, June 19.
One reason cited for the delay is that Prime Minister Theresa May needs more time to negotiate with the Democratic Unionist Party, a potential ally, as she navigates the aftermath of last week’s inconclusive election and the doubt it casts on her ability to effectively govern the country.
Let’s focus on the aspect that led to a collective groan across the U.K.
Queenie's speech delayed b/c it take ink days to dry on goat's skin parchment? FFS. We really are the laughing stock of the world. pic.twitter.com/cSZOgxy5wP
— Child of Alba (@ChildOfAlba)
Yes, goatskin parchment.
For centuries, important British documents have been written on, up until recently, actual calf skin. Nowadays, however, “goatskin” is just a fancy name for thick paper.
In other words, no goat was harmed in the making of this speech.
Either way, the idea is that the ink takes several days to fully dry; so, in theory, that means the speech cannot be amended at the last minute.
After last week’s election, a few edits just might be in order.
And you thought U.S. politics were silly...
"Ha, those Americans and their ridiculous president" said the British as their gold-hatted ruler reads proclamations from the skin of a goat
— Dean Burnett (@garwboy)