“I know that astrology isn’t a science,” said Gail. “Of course it isn’t. It’s just an arbitrary set of rules like chess or tennis or – what’s that strange thing you British play?”
“Er, cricket? Self-loathing?”
“Parliamentary democracy. The rules just kind of got there. They don’t make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves.”
Thank you, Douglas Adams! Finally somebody understands how I felt when I had to study British politics.
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker’s Guide 5)