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Wednesday, 24 February 2010


Here's a headline on the BBC News website:

Tirade against 'damp rag' EU president shocks MEPs

You might not be too surprised to learn that it relates to UKIP, specifically an intervention by the glorious Nigel Farage

'Tirade' is an interesting choice of word, isn't it? The BBC writer hasn't put it in inverted commas. Is it a quote from an MEP? It doesn't seem to be. No, it looks as if the BBC writer has chosen the word himself. It's a word that could be considered technically correct in the context but, like 'harangue' and 'diatribe', has connotations of excessive bitterness/irrationality. (Or is that only because it usually comes in tandem with words like 'drunken' or 'wild'?)

The BBC website features a mere 45 seconds of Mr Farage's 'tirade'. Hopefully the full 7 minutes will pop up on YouTube soon!


  1. Oh dear, so Mr Farage described the EU non-entity Van whoever as having the charisma of a damp rag, and that is a "tirade" in BBC speak.
    But when the late, unlamented labour MP, Tony Banks opined that a Conservative MP looked like a "pig's bladder on a stick" oh my how the BBC rolled around on the floor in hysterical laughter.
    There are times that I realy despise the BBC and everything it purports to stand for.

    Andy C

  2. And Tony Banks' description of William Hague as a "foetus". That had us rolling in the aisles, especially women who have suffered a miscarriage.
    Craig, the full tirade is on Youtube now and is quite magnificent !


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