‘Shitshow!’ Britain’s potty-mouthed parliament

January 30, 2024

Labour strategists insist they don’t plan to make a habit of Starmer’s swearing in parliament, noting the phrase was pulled from the front page of the Times. Data from Hansard, the official parliamentary record, show politicians’ usage of words such as “shit” and “fuck” have soared in recent years. Cleverly denied the specific claim, although admitted using “inappropriate language” in the chamber. For some, the increasing use of foul language in parliament is a sign of the times. Black received a dressing-down after claiming Tories were “pished”— a Scottish slur meaning drunk — during the Covid lockdown.