RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Spare us the sob story, Gordon, we don't care | Mail OnlineAs Prime Minister - and previously, as Chancellor - he has done his level best to put Jaguar out of business.
He has piled tax upon tax upon tax upon drivers of 'gas guzzlers' like Jags, which stand accused of poisoning bay-bees, punching holes in the ozone layer, slaughtering polar bears and generally being driven by Tories in the south of England.
That's why sales of luxury cars have gone through the sub-basement and Jaguar's sister company, Land Rover, has been forced onto short-time working.
Hi! The quoted paragraph about Gordon Brown is from Daily Mail.
Could someone please answer the questions as below for me? Thanks!
Q1: Is 'bay-bee' an insect? I don't find a picture of it via Google.
Q2: Is the Labour Party really driven by Tories?
Q3: sale go through the sub-basement = bad sale record?
Bay-bees is an exaggerated, and therefore sarcastic, way of saying babies. The exaggeration is a way of making fun of the people who agree with the idea that gas-guzzlers are ruining the world.
I'm an American and know nothing about Tories, but I assume that it is a continuation of the above-mentioned sarcasm.
"Sales going through the sub-basement," is a reversal of the idiom, "sales are going through the roof," which means sales are very good. You're right, it means sales are very bad.
Raymott & mykwyner,
Thank you for your help. The words are funny.