September 15th, 2019

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The cartoon from the cover of Spectator:

Ok, let me guess. Corbyn, Jo Swinson (red jacket), and Caroline Lucas (head in the distance, behind Corbyn’s shoulder) are easily recognizable. The corpulent figure next to Caroline Lucas might be Ian Blackford. I do not know who the woman in the white jacket with Merkelish jaw is (Anna Soubry?). And I am not sure what to make of the man with the headgear that looks teasingly familiar but which I can’t even place in any particular culture or historical period. Philip Hammond, perhaps?

P.S.: After some googling, the woman in white must be Nicola Sturgeon.

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I smiled at the sentence "some people take such language extraordinarily seriously" — only to be completely floored by the word "hearing" in the very last sentence. "After hearing Jeremy Corbyn in December muttering 'stupid woman' at Theresa May". Unless the writer was sitting next to Corbyn on the front bench at that moment (which she almost certainly wasn’t), she could not have heard him mutter anything. That’s the whole point — there is no audio record of what he muttered; there is only a video of his lips moving. And this by a columnist who regularly expounds on the meaning and history of words and phrases. Shocking!