The Wattmeister overheard a scrap of very important news today….the government suffered a legal setback over Brexit, which prompted some interesting soundbites from the likes of opportunist David Davis…”British people are sovereign”…(don’t tell the queen); Jeremy Corbyn..”there must be transparency and accountability to Parliament on the terms of Brexit”….(transparency, accountability and Parliament CANNOT be used meaningfully in the same sentence), and a crackerjacker from Nigel Farage who voiced concern at the prospect of a ‘Half-Brexit’.
Now, Nigel is a bit younger that The Wattmeister, (and I bet his power to weight ratio isn’t quite as good), but I have a feeling that in coining the phrase “Half-Brexit” he well remembers Saturday afternoons on ITV featuring The World of Sport, hosted by Dickie Davies (no relation) which clashed with BBC 1’s Grandstand hosted by Frank Bough.
A mainstay of the ITV schedule was wrestling, with exponents of the sport like Jackie Pallo, Mick McManus, Big Daddy, Kendo Nagasaki and Giant Haystacks becoming household names throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
In those days, the language of commentary was animated by wrestling vernacular….the Facelock, Head Scissors, Hammerlock, Boston Crab, Skin the Cat, Nelson, half-Nelson….and you know where I’m going with this….the Brexit and Half-Brexit…which always ended with a submission.