BBC news front page: Conbyn denies stupid woman jibe

BBC news front page: Conbyn denies stupid woman jibe

By Chris Bovey

As Britain meanders blindly to the prospect of the no-deal Brexit, which would cause economic catastrophe, the media headlines are all asking one question. Did Jeremy Corbyn call Theresa May a stupid woman?

Today at PMQ’s, Theresa May, in her annoying high pitch voice that I find even more irritating than Thatcher’s, she tried some feeble pantomime jibe over whether Jeremey Corbyn was going to table a confidence motion in her government.

Given her appalling handling of the Brexit fiasco, or indeed anything she touches, the wicked witch of the west is hardly in a position to make panto jokes.

Having reviewed the footage, it looks like he said “you stupid woman”, although Jeremy Corbyn claims he said “stupid people”; I don’t know, it’s also possible he said that.

Feigned outrage

This has provoked much outrage from opportunist Tory MPs to demand Corbyn apologises, a handy distraction from the utter clusterfuck the government are making of Brexit.

The Tory cry of outrage was fucking rich. I didn’t see any Tories outrage about misogyny when May restored the whip to accused rapist Charlie Elphicke and extreme text sex pest Andrew Griffiths, so they could vote for her in the confidence vote.

Tory MPs took to Twitter to condemn Corbyn trying to whip up hysteria. Tory MP James Cleverly said: “Jeremy Corbyn clearly calling @theresamay a ‘stupid women’ at #PMQs today. This kind of misogynistic language must not be tolerated.”

Former minister Sir Patrick McLoughlin used a point of order to accuse Mr Corbyn of having “muttered” that Theresa May was a “stupid woman”. – With 100 left days to Brexit and a Christmas recess in-between, I’m sure this is a most valuable use of Parliamentary time.

Even Labour MPs ploughed in, Shadow Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner MP told BBC’s Politics Live: “It certainly seemed like he might have done it … I’m sure he will regret it.”

Fuddle duddle

Photo of the late Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau.

Did former Canadian PM, Pierre Trudeau, mouth ‘fuddle duddle’ or ‘fuck off’ in the Canadian House of Commons?

This reminds me of a famous incident in Canadian political history when the late Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, father of current Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau, was alleged to have spoken or at least mouthed unparliamentary language in the Canadian House of Commons, causing a minor scandal. Trudeau mentioned the words “fuddle duddle” in an ambiguous answer to questions about what he may or may not have said in Parliament.

Opposition MPs accused Trudeau of having mouthed the words ‘fuck off’ at them in the House of Commons. When questioned by TV reporters on the incident, Trudeau would only freely admit to having moved his lips while answering the question, “What were you thinking, when you moved your lips?” by rhetorically asking in return “What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you say ‘fuddle duddle’ or something like that? God, you guys!” Thus, it remained unclear what Trudeau actually mouthed.

In a 2015 speech, his son (and soon-to-be-Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau MP stated that his father “didn’t actually just say fuddle duddle.”

Having witnessed May’s tenure as both Home Secretary and Prime Minister, I can say with heavy conviction, Theresa May is a stupid woman and the Tories are stupid people. So I care not what Corbyn muttered under his breath when he wasn’t directly talking to anyone. I ask what is the nature of your thoughts when you say ‘stupid woman’ or ‘stupid people’? If referring to our Prime Minister or the revolting creatures sat with her on the Tory benches, for me it would be a lot worse language that would certainly be considered unparliamentary.

May’s response was stupid and she is a woman, so technically correct. Would there be an outcry if Corbyn called Cameron a stupid man? I call him the pig fucker, which I suspect would be very unparliamentary. There are not enough expletives in the English language for me to accurately describe my sentiments towards our useless old hag of a Prime Minister and the rest of her Brexit supporting Tory cronies.

You stupid woman!

During the 1980s one of Britain’s most popular television shows was the BBC’s ‘Allo ‘Allo, which was famous for its characters’ regular catchphrases. Rene Artois played by the late Gordon Kaye would often say to his wife “you stupid woman” after she caught him flirting with one of the young beautiful waitresses.

Tory MPs outraged at Mr Corbyn’s alleged remarks are merely seeking to provide a distraction from May’s disastrous handling of the meaningful vote on her shitty Brexit deal, which she said she was definitely not going to cancel and then did.

They also have short memories, as Chancellor, Philip Hammond called fellow Tory MP, Andrea Jenkyns, a ‘stupid woman‘ earlier in the year and Tory MP, David Mundell, once called Labour’s Yvette Cooper a ‘bitch in the Commons.

In 1971, Canadian opposition MPs tried to make a mountain out of a molehill when Pierre Trudeau allegedly mouthed ‘fuck off’ to his opposition counterpart in the Chamber; it never did him any harm, he served as Prime Minister of Canada for 16 years, the longest serving PM in Canada’s history.

To all the pundits and Tory MPs who are currently taking to Twitter to show their feigned outrage at Jeremy Corbyn, I have this to say to them: “Fuddle duddle, I’m far more offended by child poverty in modern Britain and the 120,000 deaths linked to Tory austerity.”


UPDATE

Since the publication of this article, it has been confirmed by a lip-reading expert that Jeremy Corbyn said ‘stupid people‘, not ‘stupid woman’.

Lip-reading expert, Tara Bacon, says Corbyn said 'stupid people', not 'stupid woman'.

Jeremy Corby said ‘stupid people’, not ‘stupid woman’ according to a lip-reading expert.


Chris Bovey, writer and musician.

Chris Bovey is a businessman, writer, musician and practical joker. He lives in Devon with his partner, two children and cat. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter @_dr_dremp.

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