12 December 2009

Irish (un)parliamentary language

My festive duties have been heavy this week. Stewing away in fragrant wine mulled vats, building and then demolishing towers of mince pies, dressing up like a Christmas tree. These are just a few of the cheerful chores besetting the grandiloquent at this time of year. To keep you amused while I continue to deck the halls with boughs of this and that and knot a wreath above my door – I simply have to link to this hilarious outburst by Paul Gogarty, the Irish Green Party parliamentarian during a recent budget debate in the Dáil Éireann. Quite how a similar choice of vocabulary would go down in wur ain Holyrood, never mind the taut-sphinctered confines of Westminster, is difficult to imagine. Still, brevity is the soul of wit, eh?

1 comment :

  1. Great stuff. He looks and sounds as if he's just wandered in off the street.

    Check this out http://www.independent.ie/national-news/gogarty-in-more-trouble-after-calling-fianna-fail-cute-hoors-1973181.html where he calls the Greens' coalition partners "cute hoors" and hopes they "get a drumming" at the next election.

    Our MSP's somehow seem a little dull after watching this.