Re: Off script?
"Right, so what if McPuck, or someone else, succeeds in passing a new law? Bottom would then be sulking, but wouldn't be entitled to complain about it."
However, if Bottom *did* attend and a new law was passed, then he's still not entitled to complain - he'd have given his input and been consulted, right?
Heads you win, tails I lose. I don't blame him for staying out of it.