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    Question in the bubble=?

    The most odious man in politics has been transformed into Westminster's answer to Stephen Fry. The boys in the bubble hang on his every word.
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    RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Screaming Lord Mandy's nauseating flying circus | Mail Online
    Q1: What does 'transformed into Westminster's answer' refer to?

    Q2: in the bubble=?

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    Default Re: in the bubble=?

    "Westminster" = central London, here used to refer to the center of English politics.

    "Stephen Fry" = famous comedian

    "be in a bubble" = be cut off from the rest of the world. In this case, it might refer to journalists who follow politics 24 hours a day; it might also refer to political advisors who read and write policy 24 hours a day. (Without more context, I'm not sure what "boys in the bubble" refers to.)

    "be an answer to" = be an equivalent to; be similar to

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    Hello, thank you for your help. here's the url link about the article.

    RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Screaming Lord Mandy's nauseating flying circus | Mail Online


    Could you rephrase this sentence as below?


    The most odious man in politics has been transformed into Westminster's answer to Stephen Fry.

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    Default Re: in the bubble=?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello, thank you for your help. here's the url link about the article.

    RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Screaming Lord Mandy's nauseating flying circus | Mail Online


    Could you rephrase this sentence as below?


    The most odious man in politics has been transformed into Westminster's answer to Stephen Fry.
    Hi Daffodils, I often enjoy reading and answering your questions but I'm afraid I can no longer bring myself to read those which quote the odious R. Littlejohn. Sorry.

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    Default Re: in the bubble=?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi Daffodils, I often enjoy reading and answering your questions but I'm afraid I can no longer bring myself to read those which quote the odious R. Littlejohn. Sorry.
    Your stance about Richard LittleJohn and the Daily Mail had been well noticed. I don't take him for granted, but I am not going to quit reading the e-paper or his articles. Anyway, thank you for your attention.

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    Default Re: in the bubble=?

    Quote Originally Posted by wlsullivan View Post
    "Westminster" = central London, here used to refer to the center of English politics.

    "Stephen Fry" = famous comedian

    "be in a bubble" = be cut off from the rest of the world. In this case, it might refer to journalists who follow politics 24 hours a day; it might also refer to political advisors who read and write policy 24 hours a day. (Without more context, I'm not sure what "boys in the bubble" refers to.)

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    In fact I have a feeling that there's a close link between 'Westminster' and 'bubble' - though I don't have time at the moment to research the collocation; I know English political journalists often refer to 'the Westminster bubble', and even abbreviate it to 'the bubble'. Incidentally, Westminster is in central London, but isn't a synonym for 'central London'. There are things in Westminster other than politicians (mostly sandwich bars and coffee shops full of political journalists - probably 'the boys in the bubble' ), but the main building there is The Palace of Westminster (containing the Houses of Parliament). (If you've got Google Earth, search for "Westminster Palace" - perhaps you have to be in England for so simple a search to work though).

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