Monday, December 14, 2009

Most unparliamentary language

Various Irish journalistic connections have drawn my attention to this elevated exchange so, for those of you who have not seen it, I draw it to yours. Sadly it is not quite on a par with the John O'Donoghue masterclass in statesmanship that many readers of this blog so enjoyed, but then the Bull himself as moved on from the Ceann Comhairle's chair (something to do with his unfortunate expense claims). It does give the unfortunate impression that the TD in question, Paul Gogarty, is channeling the spirit of Father Damo from Father Ted.

A curious fact emerges from Paul Gogarty's possibly premeditated stunt: under the rules of Dáil Éireann, 'fuck you' may not explicitly fall into the category of unparliamentary language. There is a blue book that covers banned insults. It is forbidden to refer to a deputy as a fascist or communist (quite how this works in the case of Trotskyists like the the once and, probably, future TD Joe Higgins is unclear); terms such as brat, buffoon, chancer, corner boy, coward, gurrier, yahoo and guttersnipe are banned, but four-letter words are not.

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Blogger Douglas said...

Premeditated uncouth acts followed by phoney contrition - are Paul Gogarty and Thierry Henry related?

2:20 pm  

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