I've had the dubious pleasure of having to spend time with a number of MPs.
The Labour ones were, by and large, normal blokes (some of whom talked far too much).
The Lib Dems were all schoolteachers and Indians (Indians are OK, but schoolteachers are idiots).
I could see that each one of the tories was only out for himself.
Of the three, the tories were the ones I would trust least with any kind of power over my life and the lives of my family.
And those were people that DD aspires to emulate.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
So you would trust Blair, who took this country to war on the basis of a complete lie. Brown, Darling and Balls, who between them brought the economy of this country to the point of bankruptcy. And the rest of them who would not know the truth if it bit them on the backside.
And I have met a few MPs in my time (though not as many as you), and have exactly the opposite view to yours.
One of these days I'm going to think of a really clever signature.
LOT, in this context, is a collective noun, therefore plural.
One could say, for example, "There IS a LOT of Socialism in the Lounge", and that would be correct.
But when we are talking about the individuals, then one should say "There ARE a LOT of socialists in the lounge".
It is not a difficult concept, surely?
Or would you say "There IS many birds in the sky?"
I forgot about the A!
It makes it a prepositional modifier.
Of course I should have said there ARE LOTS.
[Slinks forlornly to rear of class and adorns himself with Conical hat festooned with large capital D]
--------------------------------- I will never again mention that I was the poster of the One Millionth Lounge Post, nor that it was complete drivel. Dalek Dave