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The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults

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This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.

OUR NEIGHBOURS IN the United Kingdom have a glorious tradition of political comedy, especially on television. This covers the gamut of panels of comedians lampooning events to brilliantly scripted satirical shows from Yes, Minister to The Thick of It.

So one would assume that the selection of a new prime minister during the chaotic Brexit process – especially when some of the candidates have colourful track records – would be a golden age for satirists and comedians.

But unfortunately and terrifyingly, something else has happened. A strange and profoundly unwitty form of name-calling has emerged instead.

The general principle is........

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