Turkeys voting for Christmas
Turkeys voting for Christmas (British English; American English: turkeys voting for Thanksgiving) is an idiom used as a metaphor or simile (in the construct "like turkeys voting for Christmas") in reference to a suicidal ("death-wish") political act, especially a vote.
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations writes that a commentator in the Independent Magazine traced the origin of the phrase to David Penhaligon,  who is quoted as saying: "Us voting for the Pact is like a turkey voting for Christmas" in reference to the Lib-Lab Pact.
The phrase was soon borrowed by other politicians and public figures. In particular, British MP Teresa Gorman was awarded by the French[who?][specify] with a "foreign political humour prize" for the phrase "If the House of Commons voted for Maastricht it would be like 651 turkeys voting for Christmas."[dead link] When confronted over time spent on luxury by United Kingdom Independence Party MEPs, Nigel Farage responded by saying that "we are the turkeys that would vote for Christmas".
- "Fixed expressions and idioms in English: a corpus-based approach", by Rosamund Moon p. 133
- "Oxford dictionary of humorous quotations", by Ned Sherrin, Oxford University Press, Edition 4, 2008, ISBN 0-19-923716-6, "Introduction to the first edition"
- The pact: the inside story of the Lib-Lab government, 1977-8, by Alistair Michie, Simon Hoggart, Quartet Books, 1978, p. 156
- "Billericay: The Dame who didn't give a damn...", Daily Gazette, 18th February 2000
- "Question Time with Nigel Farage, Grant Shapps, Chuka Umunna, Shirley Williams and Caroline Lucas - #bbcqt: Live".
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