The Labour-dominated Commons Public Administration Committee will hold a one-day inquiry later this month into the whole affair. The three Conservative members of the committee have said they will not attend what the party regards as a "kangaroo court".
As a child I used to, quite literally, dream of kangaroo courts. As parrots can speak and beavers build, so I faithfully believed that kangaroos were the only mammals to have developed a fully working parallel legal system. It seemed the perfect place to try a cat burglar. In fact, though, it is a kangaroo court because it proceeds in leaps. Oddly, the phrase is not Australian but popped up in mid nineteenth century Texas. There's an important linguistic lesson to be learned from that, but I'm not sure what it is.
The Horologicon is a book of the strangest and most beautiful words in the English language arranged by the hour of the day when you will really need them. Words for breakfast, for commuting, for working, for dining, for drinking and for getting lost on the way home. It runs from uhtceare (sadness before dawn) to curtain lecture (a telling off given by your spouse in bed). It's out on November the first, but you can already order it from these lovely people: