“Great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies!” – Mayor of London to political foes

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, had a most interesting comeback to members of the London Assembly (a local body that gets to oversee the mayor, I think it’s different than the city council) during a budget meeting back in February of this year. Here’s what he called them, after they ejected him from the meeting:

“Great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies!”


The Huffington Post explains what led to the outburst:

The oratorical masterpiece was in response to him being ejected from a meeting to discuss the Mayoral budget and a crunch vote on council tax.

The mayors deputy, Victoria Borwick, had failed to make it for the opening statement giving the opposition the chance to rush to the voting stage to make the most of their numerical advantage.

Johnson was voted out by 16 votes to eight as chair, Jennette Arnold, told him: “The Assembly has decided it has no questions to put to you.”

Regardless of what one thinks of the man politically – I’m not terribly up on my London politics, though I do remember that this was the guy who took on Mitt Romney for dissing the UK – but you have to give the Brits credit, they do have a way with the mother tongue.

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  • Anonymous Guy

    I will use that someday.

  • sf_jeff

    I am not sure what you mean by the tea party arguments. You mean the Henry Hazlitt arguments? It is pretty clear why those arguments are fallacious, but a good explanation wouldn’t fit in this forum.

  • Featherless Peacock

    I say eschew obfuscation!

  • Richard Koziatek

    I wish we had more dems who would understand the tea party’s arguments (as in, be able to restate them) rather than immediately call them paranoid.

  • GeorgeMokray

    Is Chris in Paris going to include “Great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies!” in his cooking segment sometime soon?

  • “English mainly comes from a combination of Old Germanic (especially Low Dutch) and Old Norse” That’s depressing.

  • Sweetie

    Like “IS THIS THE BEST WE CAN DO?” Kucinich.

  • Sweetie
  • Sweetie

    The Dems’ idea of hardball is whipping against the public option and calling Howard Dean insane for wanting it in the bill.

  • Sweetie

    “many of the spineless Dems talk an aggressive line, but when it comes to a vote, they fold.”

    Or they are just there for show… token progressives — with the leadership knowing full well they aren’t a threat to the plutocratic agenda.

  • Sweetie

    “you’ll probably be interested to know that in Chile, they are fished
    commercially, and the locals eat them raw or cooked with salad and rice
    because apparently they’re delicious.”

    Good to know yet another species will be hunted to extinction.

  • Sweetie

    English mainly comes from a combination of Old Germanic (especially Low Dutch) and Old Norse. Celtic contributed some place names but not much else. Latin contributed a bit of vocab and such during the Roman occupation, but not a whole lot. English did pick up a lot more Latin vocab and such via the Norman conquest, via French and church Latin. Science led to the creation of quite a bit of Latinate English vocab.

  • Oh yeah and he has balls. I wish we had more dems who would stand up to Murica’s paranoid tea party base.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    He’s a lot smarter than many people think.

  • I love Boris.

  • Sphy

    OMG that video is blatant animal abuse…

  • Drew2u

    Hahaha, awesome. :)
    (though if your case was that I was trying to use Latin, I certainly was not. I do, however, appreciate your demonstration of your tongue ;p)

  • Thom Allen

    Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus vintosissimis exponebantur ad necem!
    Vescere bracis meis!

    Back in the day, children like you were left to perish on windswept crags! Eat my shorts! ;^)

  • Drew2u

    To be a supercilious a-hole for a moment, wouldn’t the mother-tongue be rooted in Latin? If we’re talking scientific terminology, then certainly Latin should get a posthumous acknowledgement ;p

  • Thom Allen

    NY Times thinks that the Immigration bill is gonna do poorly in light of what happened to the farm bill. The interparty and intraparty squabbling may have gotten to the point that the bill will sink like the Titanic. And, aside from the squabbling, some lawmakers are ready to do the Romney flip-flop like Rubio and Graham. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/us/politics/farm-bill-brings-house-senate-collision-path-in-sharp-focus.html

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Eschew superfluous linguistic sophistication, now!

  • cole3244

    this is what you get when the center of politics is right of center and both parties reside there also, liberalism is close to being extinct politically as is political opposition in america, right is wrong and left is gone.

  • The best thing the Democrats could do on the immigration bill is play hardball to get it implemented correctly… but they have thus far refused to show any spine at all on any issue, I won’t hold my breath on this one. Even if a significant chunk of their electorate is on the line. Cowards, the lot of them.

  • Bingo. That’s what many of us were arguing from the beginning – that Republicans were DESPERATE for this bill to pass. If the Supreme Court doesn’t strike down DOMA, I think you’re going to see a lot of very loud anger about gay families not being in that bill.

  • Indigo


  • Thom Allen

    Unfortunately, many of the spineless Dems talk an aggressive line, but when it comes to a vote, they fold. Just as they did with the immigration bill. Many were saying that LGBTQs had t be included, it was long overdue, etc. Then they caved saying that if they didn’t remove LGBTQs the Republicans wouldn’t vote for it. Hell, what HAVE the Republicans voted for? Almost no legislation has passed. They spend their time voting to repeal the ACA, affirming God, vaginally ultrasounding women, disenfranchising minorities, cutting social programs, demonizing Muslims, redefining rape, filibustering, inventing scandals, shielding to big to fail banks and bankers, defending straight marriage, giving billions in tax breaks to corporations, letting kids go hungry, gutting education, defunding research, etc. If the Cons don’t like the bill, they’ll vote against it regardless of whether it has LGBTQ protections. Now, BTW, Graham says it MUST pass or the Repubs will become extinct. Let’s put the LGBTQ provisions back in and see what that asshole does then.

  • Thom Allen
  • cole3244

    the spineless dems could take a lesson from him.

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