Funny Political Quotes and Insults From Around the World

America is a great country, but as far as put-downs go, we can learn a thing or two from our friends abroad who have made slamming their opponents a form of high art.

By Andy Simmons from original
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    "The honorable Member is living proof that a pig's bladder on a stick can be elected to Parliament."
    —Labor Member of Parliament Tony Banks on Tory MP Terry Dicks

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    “He’s like a shiver waiting for a spine.”
    — Paul Keating, Former Australian Prime Minister

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    “[He clings] to data the way a drunkard clings to lampposts.”
    —Former Italian Prime Minister Romani referring to his successor, Silvio Berlusconi

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    "I don't want to be rude but, really, you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk."
    —Nigel Farage on European President Herman Van Rompuy

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    “She probably thinks Sinai is the plural of sinus.”
    —Jonathan Aitken, a former Conservative Member of Parliament, on Margaret Thatcher

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    "The house has noticed the prime minister's remarkable transformation in the last few weeks from Stalin to Mr Bean.”
    —British Liberal Democrat Vincent Cable on Tory British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

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    “The right honorable and learned gentleman has twice crossed the floor of this House, each time leaving behind a trail of slime.”
    —Former English Prime Minister Lloyd George

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    “He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.”
    —Winston Churchill

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    • SJM

      (a) Lloyd George was the PM of Great Britain, not England, and he was Welsh, not English.

      Lloyd George, no doubt,
      When his life ebbs out,
      Will ride in a flaming chariot,

      Seated in state
      On a red-hot plate
      ‘twixt Satan and Judas Iscariot;

      Ananias that day
      To the Devil will say,
      “My claim for precedence fails,

      So move me up higher,
      Away from the fire,
      And make way for that liar–from Wales!”

      (b) Brown was leader of Labour, not the Tories.