There was a bizarre moment in the Commons on Thursday when MPs appeared more concerned with an item of Tudor attire that covered a man’s dignity, than they were with governing the country.
The codpiece, as modelled by Henry VIII in almost any portrait, is a sort of upturned pouch designed to shield and also draw attention to a gentleman’s crotch.
But the word’s vague similarity to attorney general Geoffrey Cox’s surname and to a particular legal device, means it has now entered the growing dictionary of Brexitisms that afflicts our news copy.
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