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Farage weaves his web

Farage weaves his web

George Orwell once famously said the mixing of incompatible metaphors was a sure sign that someone was “not interested in what he is saying”.

Of course times change, and if Dot had a nickel for every tired phrase she heard in the Westminster village nowadays she’d be a very rich lady.

But one particular locution this morning from Nick Harvey couldn’t go unmentioned, and must surely rank with the best mixed-metaphor in modern times.  

Discussing the rise and rise of Ukip, the Lib Dem told the Week in Westminster:

"Nigel Farage seems to me to be the spider in the centre of the web, having absolute whale of a time, getting the Tories dancing to his tune.”

Bravo Nick.

Perhaps Mr Harvey should take some tips from his colleague Tessa Munt, who at least had a go at making up her own creative metaphor minutes later on the same show. 

"There are many ways in which we can skin the energy cat," the Wells MP said, before adding: “That’s not a very nice way of putting it, is it?”