Lichfield MP kisses a fish to earn Honorary Newfoundlander status

Michael Fabricant MP kissing a cod in Newfoundland

Michael Fabricant MP kissing a cod in Newfoundland

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has been made an Honorary Newfoundlander – after taking part in a cermony which involved him kissing a cod!

The ceremony took place during Mr Fabricant’s recent visit to St John’s, the capital of Newfoundland.

Before he could be awarded his Honorary Newfoundlander status on his vacation, the Lichfield MP had to kiss the fish and drink a rum known as Screech and then recite the words “Indeed I is a Newfoundlander, my old cocky. Long may your long jib draw” – a reference to the sail on a fishing boat.

Mr Fabricant explained:

“Newfoundland was British and drove on the left ’til 1949 when they joined Canada. It’s an amazing island to visit – half British, half Canadian. Even their time is strange being three and a half hours behind British time. It’s a vast space with a tiny population and as a consequence there is little crime and everyone greets you in the street. I hope to get back there again! In the meantime, I have brought back a bottle of Newfoundland Screech to keep me warm on cold winter nights in Lichfield.”

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  1. BrownhillsBob

    1st September, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, this is the height of cruelty to the poor fish – it’s bad enough to be a Cod as it is, without being forced to smell of MP.

    I hope they washed the poor piscean afterwards.

    Nice to see the honourable member diligently researching other places with no atmosphere…


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  3. Adam

    5th November, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    What is that ridiculous-looking bright yellow thing on his head?