A well-known local lad waited expectantly. “Trick or treat!”
Black Rod smiled condescendingly. “Guido, that’s a silly American thing.”
“OK,” said Guido, “Penny for the Guy? Go on.”
“No. Current Conservative Government policy is to cut back on welfare payments to boys like you who should be hard at work up chimneys. Anyway, you’d just spend it on sweets or comics. What ARE you going to spend it on? Tell me.”
“Fine,” said Black Rod, slamming the door.
Two minutes later the House of Commons blew up.