The ISIHAC
Politicians' Jargon Page

Last Updated
30 Dec 2006

On the BBC Radio 4 show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, one of the rounds includes suggestions for examples of Politicians' jargon, along with a translation. Here are some of the teams' suggestions, along with some of my suggestions. If you have any ideas you would like included, please e-mail me here, and I will add the best ones (with full credit to you of course)

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As the honourable gentlemen is perfectly aware, I have absolutely nothing to hide = You bastard! How did you find out?
11 May 1985
Honourable member = Two faced git.
11 May 1985
Right honourable member = Right two faced git.
11 May 1985
May I just finish, Sir Robin = You have a dangerous gleam in your glasses, clever dick, & I'm about to change the subject.
11 May 1985
Fact finding mission = Freebie holiday.
11 May 1985
They're holding an enquiry = Forget it.
11 May 1985
Order! Order! = Shut up you silly little boys!
11 May 1985
That is a very good question = That is the only question I actually know the answer to, but I'm still not going to tell you!
11 May 1985
One moment = 5.7 minutes.
11 May 1985
Well the short answer is... = 15.7 minutes.
11 May 1985
In conclusion... = 37.43 minutes.
11 May 1985
There's only one way to curb this thuggery and violence = Ban the sale of alcohol in the House of Commons.
11 May 1985
There is no alternative = Means absolutely nothing at all.
11 May 1985
All night sitting = I shouldn't have had the oysters.
11 May 1985
(d?) after venue signifies a query regarding the Date of broadcast,
(??) signifies a query regarding Venue of broadcast


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