Drawn swords and driving sheep
âYes,â said OldSmoothie puffing out his chest as if we were meant to be impressed. âShould help my case for becoming a peopleâs peer as well.â
âYeh, right,â said BusyBody. âBecause being given some sort of masonic award for having eaten lots of dinners in an obscure City livery company is really in touch and down with the, er, people.â
âWhat, are you in some way suggesting that itâs a meaningless, out-dated and irrelevant title given by a group of pompous non-entities to one of their own?â asked UpTights sarcastically.
âAlthough when you put it like that, I can see why he might draw the parallel with the Lords,â smiled TheVamp.
âBut doesnât it come with all sorts of rights?â said TheCreep. âLike driving sheep over London Bridge and going about the City with a drawn sword.â
âIâm afraid not,â said HeadofChambers. âI once had to advise on these rights and Iâm afraid theyâre all bunkum. Exemption from tolls on animals and a few other minor things were about your lot even back in the day.â
âOh donât worry Mr CreepyWeepy,â said TheVamp with mock sympathy. âYou can draw your sword for me any time you like.â
With which he went bright red and disappeared into the corner of the room.