3 DOWN – BBC NEWS GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT
While a number of phrases battled it out as the Election 2010 catchphrase — “I
agree with Nick,” “Big Society”, “What IS Big Society?”, “Get real!”, “These
two” and “If the Tories get in again, I’m going to kill myself” — the most
widely used was “hung Parliament”. It was “hung Parliament” here, there and
everywhere. Given its omnipresence, it was a moment of grammatical tragedy
when the BBC chose to illustrate this concept by wheeling a gigantic
polystyrene Big Ben to Parliament Square, and hanging it from a noose.
No, no, dears … that would be a “hanged Parliament”, which isn’t the phrase
at all. Big Ben is also not Parliament; no decisions are made in a
clocktower. Of course, it’s not the clocktower that’s called Big Ben anyway
— just the bell inside. EW must now leave to push its glasses
up its nose, and have a weak lemon drink.
See also #5. “Down – UKIP Plane”