Steerpike

Ban the word ‘twerk’

Ban the word ‘twerk’
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Jesse Norman MP, who used to lead the Prime Minister’s policy forum, is using his spare time to write for ConservativeHome. About twerking.

For those of you who have missed this craze, the Oxford English Dictionary, in a shameless PR stunt, added the term to their latest edition: ‘To dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.’

Turning to Jesse’s piece, apparently ‘the press have started to scrutinise’ Norman’s ‘public remarks with all the fervent enthusiasm of a group of Miley Cyrus fans at a twerking convention.’ How could we not? After all, Norman is the author of such deathless prose as this:

‘Twisting and jerking to the beat of Len McCluskey and his colleagues. Ladies and Gentlemen, you may say Labour isn’t twerking.  But I put it to you that Labour is in fact twerking…twerking hard. And it’s not a pretty sight.’

The image of rubbery Ed Miliband, bumping and grinding on that turgid blob Len McClusky… thank you Jesse, thank you very much.

Mr Steerpike is not one for banning things. But, when Tory MPs are dropping 'twerking' into their online columns it’s clearly time to ban the word. Surely some saintly Lib Dem could table such a motion at their conference?