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Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 12:05 GMT
Quiz: Know your political insults?
"You have been very rude and I have never been spoken to like this before," said French President Jacques Chirac to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mr Chirac is a rare politician indeed if he has never previously been slighted.

Test your knowledge of great political putdowns with BBC News Online's insult quiz.

"That [George] was not a scholar is certain. That he is too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station is equally beyond dispute." Which George?
A: George Bush
B: George W Bush
C: George Washington
Which of the following were not directed at former UK PM Margaret Thatcher?
A: The best man in England
B: Good morning, gentlemen both
C: She has the mouth of Marilyn Monroe and the eyes of Caligula
"Interpreter! Interpreter! How do you say the opposite of Vive La France?" Whose contribution to Anglo-French relations?
A: Tony Blair
B: Maggie Thatcher
C: Winston Churchill
"[The Prime Minister] has given the French president a piece of [his/her] mind, not a gift I would receive with alacrity."
A: Labour MP Denis Healey on Margaret Thatcher
B: Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith on Tony Blair
C: Margaret Thatcher on Edward Heath
"He's a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off." About which US vice president was this said?
A: Gerald Ford
B: Dan Quayle
C: Harry Truman
Which "empty headed" world leader was said probably to think "Sinai is the plural of sinus"?
A: The US's George W Bush
B: The UK's Margaret Thatcher
C: Australia's John Howard
Which of these was not said by Tory Winston Churchill about Labour rival Clement Atlee?
A: A sheep in sheep's clothing
B: A modest man, who has much to be modest about
C: [Being criticised by him is] like being savaged by a dead sheep
"Say what you want about the President, but we know his friends have convictions." Who?
A: President Jacques Chirac
B: President Bill Clinton
C: President Richard Nixon
"He has not one single redeeming defect." Criticism of which UK PM?
A: Edwina Currie on former lover John Major
B: Actor Tony Booth on son-in-law Tony Blair
C: Tory leader Benjamin Disraeli on liberal rival William Gladstone
"In a disastrous fire in [his] library, both books were destroyed. And the real tragedy is that he hadn't finished colouring one." Which leader?
A: Josef Stalin
B: Ronald Reagan
C: George W Bush
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