English as she is spoke.

If you wish to read or hear examples of some of the best current creative use of the English language, you only need to read Hansard reports or watch the BBC Parliament Channel.

Yesterday there was a demonstration in the Public Gallery of the House of Commons, in which several people removed their clothing.

The current orator, not to be confused with the Speaker, continued his speech after encouraging fellow members to maintain their gaze in his direction rather than any other, and resumed his speech with the phrase “The BARE truth is…”

Within the next ten minutes, I heard: “the Government has been STRIPPED of its powers” and “We would not wish to send the Prime Minister NAKED into the conference hall…”

The protest itself was, apart from those references, ignored and business continued as usual – or what passes for usual in Parliament in these turbulent days.