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Scum! Why crude political insults are bound to backfire

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01.10.2021

If you call somebody scum, you’re basically saying they’re dirt. Filth. Something foul, worthless and unclean, not even human. Guilty of the worst, most contemptible crimes.

Or, if you’re Angela Rayner, you could be describing the current Tory Government.

By branding Boris Johnson and Co “scum”, the Labour deputy leader ensured that the party conference in Brighton this week was all about her, not the actual leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

You can understand why it happened. I mean, who’s more interesting?

Poor old pink-faced, well-meaning Keir, clutching his 14,000-word mission statement that nobody will ever read?

Or fierce, flame-haired, bovver-booted Angela, gleefully aiming kicks at the corpulent rump of the Conservative Party?

Even Starmer’s unfortunate appearance on the BBC’s Marr show, where he got hopelessly tangled up over certain crucial facts about female biology, and whether it was right to speak about them, was just a side-show.

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It’s Rayner that everyone’s talking about. Which, I suspect, is exactly what she wanted.

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