Mugwump part 2: Tom Watson calls Boris Johnson a 'cheese headed fopdoodle'

Helena Horton

Boris Johnson recently made headlines by referring to Jeremy Corbyn as a 'mutton-headed mugwump'.

Although Jeremy Corbyn piously refused to get involved, saying he does not take part in name-calling, Tom Watson his Deputy Leader has now responded to the insult.

Tom Watson has hit back Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Watson struck back - he is due to label the Foreign Secretary a 'cheese-headed fopdoodle' in a speech today.

“Boris Johnson is a caggie-handed cheese-headed fopdoodle with a talent for slummocking about,” Mr Watson will say in Blackpool today, mimicking Mr Johnson’s style.

At a glance | What is a mugwump?

He will add: “When we require diplomacy, Boris sows discord. At a time when we need a serious-minded national representative to deal skilfully with some of the most complex problems our country faces, Johnson falls back on bluster and bombast.”

A fopdoodle means a fool or a simpleton - a stupid or insignificant fellow.

And to "slummock about" is to behave in a lazy, indolent, or clumsy way.

Last week, in an article for The Sun, Boris Johnson wrote: "Well, they say to themselves: he may be a mutton-headed old mugwump, but he is probably harmless.

“Do you have those feelings? Have you ever thought the leader of the opposition is an essentially benign Islingtonian herbivore? Have you felt a pang of sympathy for his plight? If so, fight it.”

Many spoke of Boris Johnson's wit and talent for coming up with strange phrases and insults. However, it turned out Mr Johnson had been called a mugwump a year previously - by Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames.

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