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Queen Anne is dead

A sarcastic phrase said in response to outdated news. A: "Did you know that Kelly is getting a divorce?" B: "Oh please, that happened months ago. Did you know that Queen Anne is dead?"
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Queen Anne's dead

used humorously or ironically to suggest that a piece of supposed ‘news’ is in fact stale, or more broadly that a person who says something is simply stating the obvious or restating a well-worn or accepted truth. informal
The expression is first recorded in 1798 , by which time Queen Anne had indeed been dead for 84 years; but there is evidence of an earlier version, ‘Queen Elizabeth is dead’, from the 1730s.
2005 Liverpool Daily Echo ‘McFadden's gone past the three French players there’, said Lawrenson , who can also tell us that Queen Anne is dead, night follows day and bears defecate in the woods.
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A quick flashback: Will Connolly gained global fame in March after 'egging' Australian Senator Fraser Anning at a news conference when the latter blamed the mosque massacre on Muslim immigration policies.
Several politicians in Australia and abroad criticised Anning for making such statements.
The motion censured Anning "for his inflammatory and divisive comments seeking to attribute blame to victims of a horrific crime and to vilify people on the basis of religion, which do not reflect the opinions of the Australian Senate or the Australian people".
The former is a feature of our democracy the latter is an attack on our democracy."Anning was elected in 2017 by a fluke of Australia's proportional voting system, having received only 19 first preference votes.
Christchurch terror attack: Australia politician Fraser Anning's statement 'sickening', says Singaporean minister
Meanwhile, The Greens, an Australian political party, are pushing to expel Anning following his 'shameful comments.'
Adding that, although these kinds of statements are unsurprisingly abhorrent from a senator who built his entire career on inflammatory, discriminatory, xenophobic, and Islamophobic remarks, Anning continues to shame himself with such hate messages that are in fact the culprit of such atrocities.
The government and opposition party agreed to pass a censure motion against Anning over his stance on the Christchurch shootings when Parliament resumes in April.
Senator Fraser Anning, who blamed Muslims for being killed by the terrorists, did not stop here.
During the struggle the teenager - who has been dubbed "Egg Boy" on social media - is wrestled to the floor, pinned down and put in a headlock by Anning's supporters.
Sen Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday, including one that said: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" "The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place," he said in a statement.
Will Connolly eggs Australian senator Fraser Anning midway through a press conference in Melbourne, a day after Anning's controversial comments.
M E L B O U R N E -- Australian Senator Fraser Anning who was strongly criticiced for blaming the New Zealand mosque shootings on Muslim immigration was egged on Saturday at an event in Melbourne,news.com.au reported.
MELBOURNE -- Australian Senator Fraser Anning who was strongly criticiced for blaming the New Zealand mosque shootings on Muslim immigration was egged on Saturday at an event in Melbourne,news.com.au reported.
Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday including one that said: "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" The Queensland senator drew international condemnation for his efforts to blame the attack that killed 49 Muslim worshippers on immigration.