I’ve just read an article by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in which he refers to our beloved land by the ghastly term UK plc. Does anyone know the origin of this sickening phrase? It’s not the first time I’ve heard it – some idiot was using on the radio a few days ago, with exactly the same unctuous, pleased-with-self, aren’t-I-clever-for-using-this-up-to-the-minute-phrase-combining-ideology-and-economic-realism-with-a-little-bit-of-a-sense-of-humour tone. Can’t you just hear the smugness dripping out of it? This country isn’t a limited company; nations are not supposed to be limited companies; God forbid we should ever become one (though with the way the Olympics are being run perhaps that day isn’t too far off). I hope all my readers will join with me in objecting to and mercilessly ridiculing this phrase whenever they hear it. UK plc, forsooth! Piss off.