We have been having some diverting debates in the Lower House of our Legislature; a couple of days ago, the Opposition moved the grand old motion That This House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government. A rather bumptious young government backbencher, mindful that the best mode of defence is attack, was in the course of an onslaught upon the Right Honourable Gentleman the Member for Islington. He was interrupted on a Point of Order by an Opposition Member, who asked Mr Speaker for a ruling on whether the abusive term "Pillock" was Parliamentary.
Mr Speaker explained that what the bumptious youth had, in the heat of his intemperate rhetoric, actually accused the Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition of being was not "a pillock" but "a palaeoMarxist".
Erskine May, apparently, expresses no views on the propriety of this latter term.
[Is it true that 'Pilosi' is a North American variant of 'Pillock'?]