Boris Johnson recycles old insult about 'protoplasmic invertebrate jellies'
Is the foreign secretary finally running out of surreal slap-downs for rival politicians?
Over the years, Boris Johnson has mined the English language to find novel ways of attacking his opponents. Which often involve jelly.
Tony Blair was once described by Johnson as "a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet". Speaking back in 2004, he added: "Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."
A few years later, Arnold Schwarzenegger was dismissed as a "monosyllabic Austrian cyborg".
And during the Coalition years, Nick Clegg felt the full force of Johnson’s rich rhetoric when he was called "a wobbling jelly of indecision and vacillation" and a condom.
Or as Johnson put it: "Nick Clegg is to serve a very important ceremonial function as David Cameron's lapdog-cum-prophylactic protection device for all the difficult things that David Cameron has to do that cheese off the rest."
Now Johnson has turned on Labour’s front bench for not agreeing with him on the Brexit divorce bill. He declared in the House of Commons:
"Nohe figure I heard was 100 billion - is that side of the House, would they cough up a hundred? Would you? Would you? I think they would.
"I think they would, the supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies. They would."
Alas the latest put-down suggests that the foreign secretary’s insult cupboard could be bare.
It comes four years after Johnson lashed out at opposition groups at the London Assembly, with the then London mayor calling members "great, supine, protoplasmic invertebrate jellies".
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