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Chancellor Philip Hammond has a bit of an unfortunate nickname: Spreadsheet Phil.
But journalist Nick Robinson got it slightly wrong this morning on BBC Radio 4, when he accidentally said “spreadsh*t Phil”.
And of course people noticed. And made it into a hashtag.
Not often Nick Robinson nail it but fair doos with #Spreadshitphil— Martin O'Neill (@Martin O'Neill) 1489051562
Some honesty from the BBC at last! #SpreadShitPhil— Martin Mor (@Martin Mor) 1489052941
TBH though Nick Robinson is quite unfair with #spreadshitphil as our Phil is quite precise where he places his shit; on the workers— Martin O'Neill (@Martin O'Neill) 1489054762
There are hopes it will stick as Hammond's new nickname:
Wonderful. @bbcnickrobinson drops the greatest Budget Freudian of all time by mis-speaking 'Spreadshit Phil'. This will stick #BBCR4today— Tom Newton Dunn (@Tom Newton Dunn) 1489049871
And there were of course references to the greatest slip-up of all time, when Jeremy Hunt was the culture secretary:
#BBCR4today thank you for Spreadshit Phil. Good job Jeremy Hunt is busy this morning.— Jerry Giles (@Jerry Giles) 1489049979
Robinson insists everyone has a hearing problem:
I'm very very worried about your hearing. I clearly said SpreadSHEET Phil ...didn't I? https://t.co/vOk0JkuLw6— Nick Robinson (@Nick Robinson) 1489051344
Despite a 2015 manifesto pledging not to increase taxes, yesterday Hammond announced in his budget an increase in National Insurance for self-employed workers.
There’s definite potential for the nickname to stick.
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