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"Insults have no place in a presidential campaign"

That was Ségolène Royal's reaction to Sarko's entirely predictable efforts to make hay over the Gare du Nord riot last week. Sarko placed Sego 'on the side of the rioters and the fare dodgers' because of her hand-wringing approach.

I rather enjoyed her remarkably dodgy leap of logic that 'if, unfortunately, Mr Sarkozy is elected, he will start insulting foreign heads of state and government who do not agree with him".

I hope her headline claim is wrong. Campaigns without badinage would be remarkably tedious.

Contributions of favourite political insults would be welcome.

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Anonymous penguin island said... 2:07 pm

Smacks of good old spin to me, promoting the nice girl takes on little Napoleon image. Or maybe a tongue in cheek reference to her own diplomatic faux pas with Hezbollah and Isreal.

Croydonian, the question surely is, what has the Interior Minister been doing for the last 5 years? Ensuring (sans papiers) they stay put in the banlieue, and don't get any closer to "Sarkozy's Paris" than the Gare du Nord, me thinks.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 6:57 am

"Savaged by a sheep" comes to mind.  



Anonymous verity said... 2:19 pm

I think Ronald Reagan had some good ones,but I can't think of any. I know he used to say outrageous things with that folksy smile so people thought he didn't mean it.  



Anonymous verity said... 2:22 pm

I thought I would try to look up a Reagan quote but got distracted by a quote from unknown. Two lions broke loose in the zoo and were eating a clown.
One lion said to the other ...
"Does this taste funny to you?"
 



Anonymous verity said... 2:41 pm

It was Reagan who said "The most terrifying few words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'.

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He also said, "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
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Tony - this one's for you: "I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts."

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"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency - even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting."

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Creepy liar and nose-picker to the world Gordon Brown, this one's for you, you pile of iguana doo-doo:

"The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose."

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And to the surgeons as he was wheeled into hospital after the attempt on his life: "I hope you're all Republicans."  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:50 pm

Excellent. Much appreciated.  



Blogger Lilith said... 7:58 pm

Australian opposition (Mark Latham) described John Howard and his entourage (on their visit supporting Bush's Iraq war) as "a conga line of suckholes".

That's a personal favorite.  



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