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Mugwumps and Fopdoodles – British Politics Today

Hello Everyone,

Anyone who dispenses with the services of Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson would be shooting themselves in the foot.

We, that is, the British public, like him. He is irreverent but always spot-on with his literary comments.  He told a Parliamentary Committee that he was not staying for a third round of the same questions, as he had already answered them.  He had better things to do, which begs the question of who makes up the diatribe between the committee and the attendee.

We might waver a little about his post as Foreign Secretary, but there have been no complaints thus far, no diplomatic flag-waving by the EU. The odds are that he is doing a good job.   However, in an article for ‘The Sun’ newspaper, last week, he did call Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader:

“ a ‘mutton-headed old mugwump”.

At last, someone is using our beautiful language, instead of dumbing it down for immigrants.

Deliciously, MP Tom Watson, most remembered for his loud role in the Rupert Murdoch fiasco, has struck back. During a speech to Blackpool Trade Union, Usdaw, today Monday 2nd May, ‘The Sun’ newspaper has it that Tom Watson will apparently call Boris:

‘a caggie-handed cheeseheaded fopdoodle with a talent for slummocking about’.

(‘Cheeseheaded’ is a type of screw with a raised cylindrical head’ .  A fopdoodle is a stupid, insignificant fellow.)  Well he is not a fopdoodle, although I will now seek an opportunity to use the word elsewhere!  It is hilarious and I love it.  It is especially funny as this is after Tom Watson, is to say today, according to ‘The Sun’ newspaper:

“At a time when we need a serious-minded, national representative …”

Interestingly there is no explanation for a mugwump. Good old Google.  A mugwump is a person who remains aloof, especially from party politics. Since it rhymes with ‘chump’, he is then worsening the insult.

Please, please, please can we continue these linguistics? It is a delightful part of being English.

Have a great week

LucyLou

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