You're right trisher and I'm not the slightest bit shocked at the word "scum", especially when everybody knows what Rayner meant.
Nevertheless, I think it's a shame she didn't rise above it. There's no reason to be dragged down to Johnson's level.
I can't remember now what she was talking about, but I do remember one occasion when she was confronting Johnson in the HoC. The look she gave him could have killed - she was terrifying without saying a word. She has the gift of leaving him no defence and needs to be clever enough to use it.
Nevertheless, I think it's a shame she didn't rise above it.
There's no reason to be dragged down to Johnson's level.
I agree growstuff
The general defence of Rayner's choice of language on this thread is
"Well, he said such and such so why shouldn't she?" (ie Johnson or any Tory MP)
"Is it because she's a woman?"
All of which is no defence at all and red herrings as this particular thread is about Angela Rayner and her choice of vernacular.
That being said, I do despair at dumbing down of language used in the political arena now - it has deteriorated over the years and there is nothing statesmanlike (or stateswomanlike) about so many who are public eye now.
They are supposedly grownups, our leaders and they should lead and inspire, not sink to the lowest common denominator in speech and behaviour.