I just can't wait to have these civil debates where we can offend people
When I was in Local Government, if you called anyone names you got sent to the naughty corner by the Mayor, meaning if you didn't apologise and withdraw the remark you got thrown out of the Council chamber.
I am not so quick-witted as some, and when things got heated, I often got into strife. But one night when an aggressive, nasty Councillor was upsetting the rest of us, a Councillor who was a laconic farmer, asked the Mayor the following
"Mr Mayor, can I have an official ruling please? If I call Councillor XXXX, a demented bully and an arrogant pile of horse shit, will I contravene the Council Code of Ethics "
The Mayor replied; "Yes". Councillor said thank you and sat down. Councillor XXXXX jumped to his feet, and bellowed "you are the demented farking bully and a stupid carnt" Councillor XXXXX refused to apologise and was thrown out of the meeting.
Sometimes it is all a matter of timing.