You’d be delighted if the Scottish Politics Review were to present you with a bunch of flowers. You’d possibly be fearful of receiving a ‘bunch of fives’ from your granny for kicking the ball against the window one too many times. Grapes are taken by the bunch to hospital to cure the sick.
Is the word bunch really all that offensive? Or, is this a case of wholly manufactured outrage?
We did a quick search of They Work For You shows the fervent use of the term ‘a bunch of…’ in our own Parliament.
For example, George Adam is shown to be rather fond of the phrase. In fact it’s a yearly rollout.
In November 2015 he used a debate in Holyrood on supporting Scotland’s children to ask if people could “trust a bunch of chancers from the Labour Party?” In 2014 in a debate about Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation he used it to refer to ‘do-gooders’ and again in 2013 in a debate about YouthLink Scotland when referring to ‘older people’.
No furore ensued. Why? Probably because it’s not that offensive.
To our mind Cameron applied this relatively benign phrase on a hugely sensitive issue to get a rise from Corbyn and Labour. It spurs them into this ridiculous outrage on a subject that most of the voting public do have concerns about and do not object to such language.
Further, Cameron and the Tories knew they had to move the subject off the derisory settlement the Treasury came to with Google.
Yesterday was a day for hammering Cameron and his Government. But as we’ve seen time and again Labour seem to jump on the wrong thing.