Giving good headline

We like a good heading here at Liberal Elite. I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t whack a good pun.

So seeing as today is the blog’s first anniversary, and in the spirit of nostalgia, here are ten of my favourites from the last year.

On the deportation of ten Islamic extremists (August 05):
“Abu, Abu Qatada, I wanna reach out and grab ya”

On the porn crackdown (August 05):
Marquis de Barred

On overhauling Gordon Brown’s public image (September 2005):
Never a frown with Gordon Brown

On WMDs (November 05):
Lies, damn lies and ballistics

On the Conservative Party leadership debates (November 05):
Two Davids but no Goliath

The Catholic Church’s attitude to homosexuality (November 05):
Ah, men

On civil partnerships for gays in the UK (December 05):
The sun’ll come out, Gomorrah!

On Simon Hughes coming out of the closet (January 2006):
Hughes a pretty boy?

On the smoking ban (January 2006):
Yeah butt, no butt

And finally, my favourite (although unfortunately a lot of people didn’t get it) has to be the one about sharia law for Muslim communities (February 2006):
How do you solve a problem like sharia?

Centrist. Atlanticist. Dry liberal. Anti-totalitarian. Post-ideological pragmatist. Child of The Enlightenment. Toucan.

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16 comments on “Giving good headline
  1. sparx says:

    Nah, I didn’t get that one but kept quiet as I didn’t want to come across as an ignorant Mail reader or something.

    If I was to pick a persoanl favourite it would have to be ‘Never a frown with Gordon Brown’.

    Genius worthy of The Sport.

  2. Laura says:

    The sun’ll come out, Gomorrah.

    That’s the one for me

  3. Citizen Sane says:

    For anyone still not sure, it’s a play on words from a very famous song from The Sound Of Music called “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?”.

    I guess I over estimated how many people were aware of this. Still, it’s a great pun.

  4. Citizen Sane says:

    Christ, “The Sun’ll Come Out, Gomorrah” is from a musical too.

    I must stress I’m not personally very familiar with either of these films.


    *runs off to do something manly, like bare knuckle fighting or something*

  5. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of musicals, a headline on the sports page in a Scottish paper has my favourite ever pun.

    Crap team Caledonian Thistle beat top team Celtic and they came up with:

    Super Cali go balistic Celtic were atrocious.


    My favourite Liberal Elite headline is probably ‘Never a frown with Gordon Brown’ but there were plenty to choose from.


  6. H says:

    I am going to go for “yeah butt, no butt”, though I am not such a little britain fan.

    As for the “sun’ll come out, Gomorrah”, I got to appreciate an unintended pun. In the original Hebrew Gomorrah as in Sodom and Gomorrah is actually Ammorah, but Gommorah is part of the Jewish book the talmud – so that was the first connotation which came to mind, which also made me laugh. I was actually recently at the site of Sodom and it was very sunny!


  7. Citizen Sane says:

    I remember that Celtic one. It truly is a work of genius.

    What actually happened in Gomorrah anyway? Why did Sodom get all the glory? It even got its own noun!

  8. ph says:

    I was convinced ‘problem like Maria’ was West Side story, but I have never seen Sound of Music

  9. laura says:

    No, definitely Sound of Music. It is sung by lots of nuns in a convent.

  10. Citizen Sane says:

    I’m a victim. My mum loves all the old musicals, and I’ve got three older sisters who liked this old cobblers too.

    {shudders at thought of childhood when only having one TV was pretty much the norm)

    Amazed I turned out straight given the circumstances.

  11. Johnny 2 hats says:

    Don’t blame the women in your family for your love of gay musicals! You love a good old singsong! I know for a fact that one of your favourite musicals is My Fair Lady (the stage show with Martine McCutcheon). You love it you do!

  12. Citizen Sane says:

    Well, who isn’t a huge fan of Martine McCutcheon? She’s an incendiary talent with a staggering intellect!

  13. Geoff Champagne says:

    My favourite’s probably the Abu Qatada one. Although I did have the song in my head for the rest of the day. As I have now. Any idea who did it?

    Happy birthday by the way. Here’s a kiss: x

  14. johnny 2 hats says:

    a kiss on the bottom?

  15. Citizen Sane says:

    It was the Steve Miller Band wasn’t it?

    “Abra, abracadabra. I wanna reach out and grab ya.”

  16. tafka PP says:

    Life wouldn’t be the same without the anticipation of the next great Liberal Elite Heading… The Sharia one was my favourite too- although Ah,Men was a close second.

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