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by | 25th, March 2004

‘SUDDENLY all is clear Andrew Motion’s poem in praise of England’s Rugby World Cup win was not in fact the piece of doggerel that we all supposed.

‘And the winner is…’

It was an early entry from the Poet Laureate for the Times’ competition to find the most annoying paragraph in the English language.

And it has indeed set a very high standard, which the paper’s readership will struggle to match.

Nevertheless, tea-drinker and former MP Tony Benn has a stab at doing so this morning, the results of which the Times for some reason decides to emblazon across its Page 3.

But for all the talk of moving goalposts and level playing fields, regime change and coalitions of the willing, it is a pretty anodyne effort.

Motion himself modestly doesn’t mention his own concoction, concentrating his vitriol on the sentence, ‘I would like to draw a line under this and move forward.’

Actor Richard Briers opts for the deeply unimaginative, ‘At this moment in time, people like myself are caught between a rock and a hard place.’

And entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox bizarrely bridles at an expression which we have never once heard uttered, namely ‘To be frank, innit?’

Which is a bit like saying that you hate Fried Egg and Apricot soup.

Needless to say, this is all like a red rag to a bull (sufficiently clichéd?) to Times readers, who have responded in

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