The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Boris Johnson

Friday, 1st July 2016

Former prime minister Benjamin Disraeli breaks his long silence to comment on the referendum result: ‘There are actually four kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, statistics, and things the leave campaign said.’


Tuesday, 21st June 2016

The two sides of the EU referendum debate have clashed over the effectiveness of the withdrawal method. Stuart Rose, chairman of Britain Stronger in Europe, says that it’s difficult to implement correctly and could lead to twenty years of misery, while Vote Leave’s Boris Johnson insists that it’s all a matter of when you pull out.

Sunday, 19th June 2016

A mysterious sign has been affixed overnight to the door of Number 10 Downing Street.

PPE Close

Rumours suggest that in the small hours a dark figure was seen leaving Number 11, the official residence of the chancellor, but the policeman on duty has refused to comment on this. The sign’s meaning has divided semioticians, with some claiming that PPE is an abbreviation of ‘personal protective equipment’, and others suggesting it is a reference to the Oxford degree course ‘Philosophy, Politics, and Economics’.

David Cameron read PPE, as did George Osborne, the ‘hard-hat chancellor’. There has been speculation online that the sign’s ambiguity is a deliberate elision of meaning intended to suggest to the British people that only Osborne has both the practical and theoretical expertise to succeed Cameron as prime minister; unlike, say, Boris Johnson (Greats) or Theresa May (Geography).

Mr Osborne is forty-five.

Hard Hat

Monday, 6th June 2016

Jolly hockey-stick growth, n.

Pronunciation: /dʒɒli ˈhɒki stɪk ɡrəʊθ/
Etymology: < blend of jolly hockey sticks, int. + hockey-stick growth, n.

Very rapid exponential growth, in which a graph of post-Brexit GDP against time is shaped like a hockey stick, predicted by a person who resembles an upper-class schoolgirl, esp. in having a boisterous, enthusiastic, no-nonsense manner.

Wednesday, 5th August 2015


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