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Re: what a u turn

Postby Lordo » Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:59 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:I see that Boris Johnson, writing in Rupert Murdoch's flagship daily, has described Jeremy Corbyn as being a "mutton-headed, old mugwump". Translation please.

mug|wump
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NORTH AMERICAN
a person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics.

Mugwumps
Mugwumps
The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884. They switched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine. In a close election, the Mugwumps supposedly made the difference in New York state and swung the election to Cleveland. The jocular word mugwump, noted as early as 1832, is from Algonquian mugquomp, "important person, kingpin", implying that they were "sanctimonious" or "holier-than-thou," in holding themselves aloof from party politics.
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Re: what a u turn

Postby supporttheunderdog » Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:45 pm

Lordo wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:I see that Boris Johnson, writing in Rupert Murdoch's flagship daily, has described Jeremy Corbyn as being a "mutton-headed, old mugwump". Translation please.

mug|wump
[ˈmʌɡwʌmp]
NOUN

NORTH AMERICAN
a person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics.

Mugwumps
Mugwumps
The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884. They switched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine. In a close election, the Mugwumps supposedly made the difference in New York state and swung the election to Cleveland. The jocular word mugwump, noted as early as 1832, is from Algonquian mugquomp, "important person, kingpin", implying that they were "sanctimonious" or "holier-than-thou," in holding themselves aloof from party politics.


Can we be sure he is not refereing to the Alien Species in William Burrough's "Naked Lunch"? (A book which put me of my lunch)
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Re: what a u turn

Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:52 am

The YouGov poll revealed that 45 per cent of voters now agree Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU, compared to 43 per cent who still think it is the correct decision. A further 12 per cent do not know.
It is the first time a poll has found the majority of people disagreeing with the referendum result.
The poll, published in the Times, found 89 per cent of remain voters still think leaving the EU is the wrong decision, while 85 per cent of leave voters still back quitting.


https://uk.yahoo.com/news/revealed-more ... 10403.html

Nil desperandum. There is a way out of the mess. The Liberal Democrats are making the holding of a second referendum one of their manifesto pledges. If elected on this pledge, a second referendum will become perfectly legitimate and - particularly if more younger people come out and vote this time - the disastrous result of June 2016 can be reversed.

Curious that this was published in one of Rupert Murdoch's papers. Could he possibly have been bribed in some way to change camps?
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Re: what a u turn

Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:52 am

Boris’ sister Rachel Johnson joins Lib Dems to block Brexit

https://www.channel4.com/news/rachel-jo ... ock-brexit

Good for her!
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