A few months ago people barely knew who Mark Francois was, but a couple of outrageous statements here and there and all of sudden he's found himself actually being allowed to speak in public.
Not only can he actually form sentences that are somewhat coherent, Francois seems to know some big words (or words that were fed to him by the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson).
Speaking at a meeting of the hard-Brexit think-tank dubbed 'The Bruges Group', Francois did several strange things, such as read a Tennyson poem and stand behind a podium with a picture of Margaret Thatcher attached to it.
"Hello Dragons, I'm here asking for £200,000 for a 5% share in Francois Industries and our range of Margaret Thatch… https://t.co/zbiKa4YfAT
Yes, those are words that an actual human being said without a single sense of irony or self-awareness.
The 'let my people go line' seemed to go down well, with the two old women in the audience joining in, but the 'perfidious Albion' line elicited a lot of laughs, much to the surprise of Francois.
According to Wikipedia, 'perfidious Albion' is a pejorative phrase that relates to 'international relations, diplomatic sleights, duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity', the origins of which lie in the 13 century.
We can't be sure if Francois actually knew what he was saying there but, in terms of ridiculous Brexiteer statements, this ranks up there with the best and it soon became a very infectious joke.
A: he doesn't know perfidious means
B: he's never taken speed. https://t.co/ydFC1J3yfr