The use of ‘gammon’ to describe a certain type of pink-faced, aggressive, right-wing male has gained in currency since the episode of the BBC’s Question Time programme immediately prior to last year’s General Election was turned into a meme by this blog, showing nine angry, older, male audience members who were allowed to ask a disproportionate number of questions of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn:
The meme has been re-used and re-imagined many times since then by social media users:
— Sketchaganda (@sketchaganda) March 15, 2018
That’s all from us tonight, so we’ll leave you with two pictures you’ll be seeing a lot of tomorrow. Good night! pic.twitter.com/o5SXcLlYCj
— JOE Politics (@PoliticsJOE_UK) March 22, 2018
Can I get my GIF out again? pic.twitter.com/bY3frGgYXm
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‘Gammon’ and hard-right, older, white Brexit ultras are indelibly linked.
So it was with considerable amusement that the SKWAWKBOX discovered that the UKIP candidate in Bermondsey was literally nominated by six actual Gammons, as the council’s election paperwork shows:
Perhaps surprisingly, the Gammons appear to be real, as one of the nominators seems to have appeared in a documentary a few years ago about the area.
Be that as it may, the coincidence of actual Gammons supporting UKIP is sure to provide considerable amusement for the party’s many detractors.
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