Tuesday, June 28, 2005

F***ing Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Following on from the recent, sensational “midgegate” revelation in the run up to the G8 summit at Gleneagles, I loved this completely unrelated story in the Herald recently that began with the headline...

Tory manages to turn Holyrood f***ing blue
“The Tories proved their true blue credentials yesterday by becoming the first party to use the F-word on the floor of the Scottish Parliament. Ted Brocklebank, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, used a debate on the G8 summit to quote Bob Geldof’s famous obscenity from the Live Aid concert of 1985.

Mr Brocklebank’s controversial remark came as he complained money raised by Live Aid to ease Ethiopia’s famine had in fact gone to feed the army of Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam. He told MSPs: “When Bob demanded famously, ‘just give us your f***ing money’, and I quote him directly, he didn’t plan it to be handed over to a warlord.”

He was instantly rebuked by Murray Tosh (I swear I’m not making these names up!), the deputy presiding officer and a fellow Tory, for breaching the rule that MSPs must adopt a “courteous and respectful manner”.

A Holyrood spokesman confirmed other MSPs had been reprimanded for using the words “tits” and “ba’ hair” in previous debates, but Mr Brocklebank’s was the first grade A obscenity. Mr Brocklebank, 62, an ex-journalist and the former partner of TV broadcaster Selina Scott (lucky b*st*rd!) was jokily unrepentant.

The deputy presiding officer should get out more,” he said. “A few weeks ago, Geldof was doing f-ing this and f-ing that in front of kids, and now (Mr Tosh) feels that our members’ ears are too tender to hear the f-word spoken as a quote from a knight of the realm – I mean, come on. This parliament is a wee bit more grown up than that. During Geldof’s speech in the parliament chamber he described Aids as a ‘vicious little f****r’.”

I can’t decide what’s funniest about all this; the unlikely sounding names of all the protagonists, the existence of a grading system for obscenities or the fact that Geldof never actually said “just give us your f***ing money” in 1985.

And you thought a devolved Scottish parliament was a right f***ing waste of money.


At 4/7/05 12:50 am, Blogger carl said...

All I can say is...oh you Brits and your 'dry-sense' of humour...

At 5/7/05 10:26 am, Blogger DC said...

Soapy Sutherland- interesting to note that you thought the names were amusing.


At 16/5/07 11:49 pm, Blogger Antoine Clarke said...

Bob Geldorf DID say "just give us yor focking money..." during the Live AId concert when he was in the commentary box. I remember the incident perfectly well.


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