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Naughty or Nice, MPs Get Their Just Deserts

Santa Claus made his annual visit to Parliament today, where deputies sang and read poems in exchange for Christmas presents.

Mr. Claus dispensed praise but also waggled his finger, including for the recent party funding scandal.

"I started to think that, actually, my own finances are pretty sketchy. Where do all these gifts come from? And all this sleigh riding?“ Santa asked.

The Social Democratic Party was presented a fur hat with ice cubes so that their chairman, Sven Mikser, could keep his head cool. They were also given skis - Santa noted that prime ministers in Estonia must engage in endurance sport, in a reference to current Prime Minister Andrus Ansip's amateur sporting bent. The Soc Dems also got a yellow jersey such as worn by race leaders, marking their recent victory in a public popularity poll.

The other opposition party, the Center Party, was given 101 quail eggs and a pot to boil them in, in reference to their recent amendment motions that were shot down by the coalition.

The so-called "democrats' union,“ a loose group of former Center Party members, was given yarn and knitting needles, because they have so much time in parliament that they have plenty of time for knitting

IRL received batteries - a reference to their economic minister's opening of the electricity market

The Reform Party received a helmet, an etiquette book and a microscope for looking at their public support numbers

Concluding its autumn session today, Parliament will reconvene on January 14.

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