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All 2 results for cuckoo speaker:Anthony Steen

French Words (Prohibition) (5 Jul 1994)

Anthony Steen: ...battalions of language police, it will not be possible to prevent Frenchmen from using certain English words or expressions when they feel inspired to do so. To think otherwise is to live in cloud cuckoo land. My hunch is that the Bill will probably go the way of so many other French Bills—locked away in an anti-tilting filing cabinet marked "No further action". I stress that my Bill is...

Orders of the Day — Inner Urban Areas Bill: Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups and Neighbourhood Bodies (26 Apr 1978)

Anthony Steen: that with all that myriad of members of the committees—as Mr. Deputy Speaker said, Santa Claus; that is what it looks like and how it appears to local people—it looks like complete cloud-cuckoo-land.

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