David Cameron announced his resignation today, to make room for Prime Minister Theresa May. He seemed really quite chipper about it:

(If you can’t listen, you can hear him whistling as he enters.)

As said in the title, tough, this is not a post about Brexit. This is a post about Cameron’s soon-to-be former residence, 10 Downing Street. It is one of my head of government houses ever. Why? Because of the standard picture:


This picture makes it look so… quaint. One of the leaders of the free world lives in what looks like a townhouse. You’ve got an entrance with a little lamp overhead. You have those windows where the Prime Minister of their spouse can peek through and see who is at the door. You have the 10 labeled, just to make sure the delivery guy doesn’t deliver the package to 8 or 12 Downing Street by mistake.

It’s really quite marvelous.

Of course, in reality 10 Downing Street is really quite expansive. And rather than being next to 8 and 12 Downing, it’s next to 9 (where the Chief Whip lives) and 11 (where the Chancellor lives).

And security there is a bigger deal than it first appears. There was an attack by the IRA in 1991, and since then they’ve done some safe-guarding.

Even so, I just love the idea of a prime minister living in a nice, snug townhome.

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6 Responses to 10 Downing Street (Not a Brexit Post)

  1. fillyjonk says:

    I agree, there’s just something so homely (in the British sense) about it.

    Also, as I said on Twitter the other day: if I had just resigned as PM, I’d probably be whistling too.

  2. Peter says:

    I’m sure that some of the Mom’s basement dwellers inhabiting the HBD Blogosphere will claim that May will be as disastrous as Angela Merkel because she too is childless. Though apparently May had wanted children but was barren.

  3. Michael Cain says:

    One of the leaders of the free world…

    The UK’s GDP, with Scotland subtracted out, is less than 10% bigger than California’s. California covers considerably more area. Jerry Brown needs to hold out for California’s share of the aircraft carriers, submarines, and nuclear warheads so he can be a “leader of the free world” as well.

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