Right Honourable insults Author:the Rt. Hon Greg Knight A stirring collection of political insults and invectives from British politics. — Tory MP on Tony Blair: 'He's so vain he'd take his own hand in marriage.' Labour's MP, Tony Banks, on Kenneth Clarke: 'He acts in an arrogant and high-handed fashion. He is just like Hitler with a beer belly." — Few of us can have failed to notice how much time p... more »oliticians spend insulting each other. In fact, one could be forgiven for thinking the ability to abuse and outrage is imperative for the embarking on a political career.
As ex- Tory MP Greg Knight explains here, the crescendo of emotion, the torrent of abuse, and the flash of bad temper are the ingredients which make a good political speech truly great.He has compiled this stinging collection of acerbity, ill-temper, and downright rudeness....from Asquith to Ashdown, Churchill to Clarke, Balfour to Blair, these insults will provide amusement and a delightful source of reference for anyone searching for the ultimate put-down. There is also a long chapter on Insults from Across the Atlantic. Franklin Roosevelt said of his own career: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made."« less