Don’t mince yer words, man…

March 24, 2007 at 9:09 am (voltairespriest)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketYou know, people often seem to think that Denham and I can be unduly harsh in our dealings with our political opponents. Even I, as the mild-mannered one of the two, have been described as one who “snarls and shits”, albeit by a man who, shall we say, appears to lack for more fulfilling things to do than arguing with me. As for Denham, well he even has our mates threatening to slap him at times.

But really folks, I don’t think you know what it is to be slagged off in truly poetic fashion. Heck, even local slagging-off champion Will is basically a lot nicer than he pretends. Leftie bloggers are basically just no good at this stuff; Trot political upbringings in particular tend to breed an inclination towards dense language and sensitivity to insult, neither of which attributes lends itself to low banter or high rhetoric.

So in light of that, I offer you a lesson from the master; this clip, in which Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt lays the smackdown on Bashar Al-Assad. Whatever you may think of Jumblatt’s politics, it’s impossible to deny that his oratorical skill isn’t matched by many. It’s a magnificent slagging-off, yet one which is delivered without a single expletive being involved (take heed, Will).

It’s peachy. You’ll love it. So watch it.


  1. stroppybird said,

    It wouldn’t play…kept clicking on play and nothing 😦

  2. voltaires_priest said,

    Hmm. It works for me – maybe it’s your PC?

  3. said,

    if you paste the link


    into your PC’s media player it should work (file ->open ->that link)

  4. stroppybird said,

    Got it to work.

    Anyway there was some pretty fine insults being flung around in the middle of the night on my bog by Jim D, Paddy and Punchie. Highlights include calling people “inbred sheepshaggers” , “grovelling pro-Galtierie wankers” and ” petty bourgeoise, posturing, anti-working class Maoist wankers “. Think Jim D had imbibed a few shandies 🙂

  5. voltaires_priest said,

    fine insults being flung around in the middle of the night on my bog by Jim D

    Sometimes a typo changes the whole meaning of the sentence…

  6. stroppybird said,

    Ahem, that was meant to read ‘my BLOG’ !!

    What a horrible thought:-)

  7. stroppybird said,

    Anyway, the typo King is Mr Newman 🙂

  8. Jim Denham said,


  9. johng said,

    Once again Voltaire posts communal fascist diatribes. Would you do the same with Le Pen or perhaps Nick Griffen if they said the same? Stating ‘whatever you think of their politics’ really don’t cut the mustard with anyone serious you know. What wierd politics you must have.

  10. voltaires_priest said,

    On what planet does Walid Jumblatt have “the same politics” as Nick Griffin or Le Pen? The man’s no left winger, but he’s plainly no “fascist” either.

    Oh sorry, I forgot, he’s against “ooh ah” Hezbollah (who aren’t at all communal-fascist obviously, because they’re against “the man”, right?) isn’t he? Ergo, in John’s eyes he must be a ziono-imperialist-fascist part of the global Neocon-PNAC-AIPAC-led move to create a US empire with George Bush as its Darth Vader and Hassan Nasrallah as Luke Skywalker, presumably? 😉

    When accusing people of “bizarre politics”, you might want to bear in mind that you’re throwing stones from a glass house.

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