Boris Johnson’s obscene insult will merely cement the nation’s opinion – of him

Hair-raising: Mr Johnson’s use of an archaic obscenity is a disgrace.

Boris Johnson has seen fit to debase the office of prime minister once again, resorting to an obscene insult against the Labour Party in his first speech of the election campaign.

He was set to accuse the Labour leader of political “onanism” – an arcane word meaning masturbation – in a speech today (Wednesday).

I think we all know who’s the w*nker in this situation!

Speaking at an electric vehicle manufacturer in the West Midlands, Mr Johnson will admit that countries around the world are “baffled” that the UK – meaning the Conservative Party – has squandered three years of time and energy on the Brexit debate.

He will refer to the movie Groundhog Day by repeating the boring Tory cliches about “getting Brexit done” and avoiding a “horror show” coalition between Mr Corbyn and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon. And he will describe plans for a new Brexit referendum and one on Scottish independence as “political onanism”.

The reference has attracted well-deserved ridicule. Here’s an example:

A Labour source said: “We’re not bothered by Johnson’s obscure, crude insults because we’ve got our eyes on the prize – real change for the many not the few.”

And The Independent has reminded us that “it is not the first time that Mr Johnson has resorted to off-colour language in public. He once referred to money spent on child abuse enquiries being ‘spaffed up the wall’, ridiculed gay men as ‘tank-topped bum-boys’ and rhymed a reference to the president of Turkey in a limerick with the country’s capital Ankara.”

This is not statesmanlike behaviour.

And the leaders of those other countries that have caused Mr Johnson such concern will be even more “baffled” if he wins an election with language like this.

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4 thoughts on “Boris Johnson’s obscene insult will merely cement the nation’s opinion – of him

  1. Simon Cohen

    The term originates in the Hebrew Bible, the Hebrew word being ‘Onan’ and Onanism being an abstract noun based on it.

    I suggest we use this as evidence of Johnson being anti-semitic by misusing a Hebrew word used in a spiritual context, politically.

  2. Stu

    I have a principle where I will never vote for someone whose face (in my imagination) I would never tire of slapping.
    There are many candidates this year !

  3. trev

    It’s actually a Biblical reference but I fail to see the relevance of using it in this context. I think Boris is trying to be clever but he’s getting his metaphors in a twist.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Interestingly, he omitted that part of the speech. I think someone advised him to think again.

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