The Blogger’s Dictionary of Bristol Political Terms

by A Reader


Basic, simplistic and ineffective political spin in which you attempt to blame the opposition for the consequences of your own policies through endless repetition. As in: “the Labour leadership are Bradshawing the Tories over public sector cuts at the moment.”


The new EU designated metric unit of measurement for pomposity derived from Simon Cook, the theatrical Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems. For example: “Did you read that four Cookie column from George Ferguson in the Evening Post this weekend?”
Replaces the imperial measure “The Abraham”. There are approx 0.82 Cookies to the Abraham.


The bestselling mass market tool from the Labour Movement Robotics Corp. This small mechanical unit, designed to run one simple, repetitive interchangeable pre-programmed script at a time, is noted for its speedy and user-friendly reprogramming interface; for its high levels of reliability and for its sophisticated failsafe loyalty mechanism. The recent 2.0 models are fully compatible with Twitter, Blogger and most other social media formats.

“Quaifing (aka the Rees-Quaife Technique)”

Friendly, informal, unthreatening and utterly pointless style of political interviewing perfected on Ujima 98fm’s ‘Back of the envelope’ Sunday morning show now being implemented across all Bristol’s news media. Delivered in suitably deferential tones to local politicians and bigwigs – who preferably are a good friend or your boss – the technique involves pat-ball questions and the absolute avoidance of anything controversial, challenging or difficult. Can be contrasted to the “rotweiller” styles of popular and skilled political interviewers such as Paxman and John Humphrys.
For example: “Did you see that recent Quaifing of Jan Ormonroyd in Venue? Rubbish wasn’t it?”

“The Clark-Choudhury Charade Game”

A complicated, complex but nevertheless highly entertaining game of east(o)n origin often played outside polling stations and election counts.
The basic format is simple. In the preliminary stages the competitors simply jot down random numbers on pieces of paper/notebooks etc. The key stage begins when one of the participants must temporarily exit the arena leaving their papers/notebook in the care of their competitor(s).
On their return the papers/notebook will have “disappeared” and then the charades begin in earnest. Points are awarded for the most implausible denial, the most over-the-top reaction, the most unlikely threat, the intervention of law enforcement officers and/or electoral officers etc. Bonus points can also be achieved by involving non-players in the game.

Although deceptively simple, the complexity of the game becomes apparent when it is realised that each competitor plays to their own rules. However, this is counteracted by the fact that none of the competitors have any intention of playing within any rules whatsoever.

In the end, regardless of what happens during the game, the result is always the same. All competitors are shafted by being Kielyed.

“The Vision of Kent”

A politico-religious, probably hysterical, event believed to be the result of the alleged tendency of some Hartcliffe residents to grow large numbers of cannabis plants while being unfamiliar with the concept of politicians existing outside election campaigns. The phenomenon was reported in the months leading up to 4 May 2006 when some residents on the estate reported that they had seen Kent from their doorstep. Despite none of the individuals being able to repeat this miraculous sighting since the 4 May 2006, they remain insistent that this was the case.

UPDATE: Strangely enough, in the months leading up to the 3 May 2007, an even more ridiculous claim was made by some Hartcliffe residents that they had seen Holland from their doorstep. The phenomenon has been investigated by academics from Bristol University but there have been no further incidents of people claiming to be able to see either Kent or Holland from the doorsteps of Hartcliffe.

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9 Responses to The Blogger’s Dictionary of Bristol Political Terms

  1. paul smith says:

    The Ferguson Manouvre

    The 5 step guide

    1. identify a dodgy looking development
    2. lead a local campaign against the development
    3. get planners to reject scheme
    4. put in your own scheme
    5. count cash

  2. Charlie Bolton says:

    The Smithy

    Fight an election you have no chance of winn…oh hang on.

  3. Dr Who ? says:

    The Smithy

    1. Get selected by a Party to fight election
    2. Tell the world that your Party is shite and you disagree with all its policies
    3. Lose election

  4. jack82 says:


    not entirely ineffective

    seems to have got a lot done – even Jon R admits this

  5. ianquaife says:

    Dear BB
    Fuck me we have a listener! That’s a boost, not even the lady wife bothers. I’ve perfected my creepy and insipid style just to unearth all that cant and hypocrisy of they politicians… I’m taken the piss on the inside…honest. And Marvin will be gutted, he thinks we’re cutting edge – but I’ve told him time and time again, we’re about as edgy as Val Doonican’s elderly aunt. And me a fucking verb an all – I’m proud BB, I’m flippin proud!

    IQ xx

  6. thebristolblogger says:

    You’ve actually got THREE listeners!

    Myself, Jolly Jon Rogers and Paul Smith. Tony D from the Greens has also expressed an interest but says he can’t be arsed to get up that early.

  7. TheLadyWifeQuaife says:

    Thats not true, I often listen. It helps me get back to sleep.

  8. Claire says:

    Did you see McCarthy has been made a whip?
    The lobby fodder has been rewarded for her robotic loyalty to the New Labour machine..

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