Why Nora Batty? Well, why not in the context? The word 'batty' comes to mind...
Lord Goldsmith, Former Attorney General and previously noted only for his somewhat flexible advice to the Blair government as regards the legality of the Iraq war (ummm - it's illegal - no! silly me! - it's legal :D) has been asked by Gordon Brown to look at British citizenship. He has come up with a predictable load of guff.
Most predictable is a 'coming of age ' ceremony involving a pledge of allegiance for students at 'the end of their studies' - whenever that may be as different people end their studies at different ages and stages. This apparently could include an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Those of republican opinion could pledge allegiance to the nation instead, our man opines in answer to the inevitable question.
What a load of rubbish!!!
I know US children pledge allegiance to the flag but we're British, We don't do that sort of thing. One thing we do very well, though, is take the piss. The scope for subverting such ceremonies is huge and I'd expect most of them to break down in a collective gigglefit - and rightly too.
Sometimes this government just acts as if it were a parody of itself.