A way to cut down on filibusters?
Blog Guy, I’ve decided to do my doctoral thesis on the inner workings of the Maldives government. Great idea, huh?
Uh, yeah. I presume your scuba gear is all packed and ready?
Scuba gear? I can’t even swim. Is that a problem?
It might be. It seems they hold their cabinet meetings underwater these days.
They do? Why wasn’t I informed? What is the point of that?
Well, I can’t be bothered to read the photo captions, but if I had to guess I’d say it cuts down on long-winded speeches.
It also saves money by not having to pay staffers to constantly fill officials’ water glasses during meetings.
This is going to really screw up my thesis. You think they’ll keep doing this for long?
I doubt it. The current Maldives President belongs to the We Do Cute Stuff For Media Attention Party, but opposition parties are starting to make their move.
And remind me, what parties are those?
The Great White Shark Party and the Professional Harpooners Party. This could be interesting.
Above: Maldivian Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Ibrahim Didi signs a declaration calling on countries to cut down carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major U.N. climate change conference in December, in the Maldives, October 17, 2009. The Maldivian president and ministers held the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting on Saturday, in a symbolic cry for help over rising sea levels that threaten the tropical archipelago’s existence. REUTERS/Maldives Government/Handout
Below: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed signs a declaration at the cabinet meeting. REUTERS/Maldives Government/Handout