It seemed odd when Plaid's Wyn Jones talked of it at their manifesto launch.
With a balanced parliament Plaid’s duty will be to negotiate the best deal for Wales and the best deal for our communities.Isn'it? Look you. Down y'eare.
It's hung, boyo. A hung parliament. Baarlanced? What's that?
Then the yellow jockish kipper started saying it too.
Mr Salmond said: "Far from a balanced parliament being something to fear, it must be something to welcome."As if the Welsh don't mess us up enough with that odd language which is English but not quite, along with the Scots who can say 'I love you' in an accent which makes you think they are really issuing a threat to scoop your eyeballs out with a rusty spoon, the Welsh give us 'baarlanced' and the Scots weigh in with 'Ah'm gonnae cut yooz oppen lak a tin o bekked beans yer bassa' (or balanced as my interpreter tells me he meant).
Is this a celtic thing?
Well, no. It would seem the Lib Dems are in on this new fad.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has talked of a "balanced" parliament in a bid to make the prospect of a Commons without any party holding an overall majority more attractive.What's so avoidable about the term 'hung parliament'?
A prurient distancing of porn terminology, perhaps? As in "John Holmes was a hung actor", or "Linford Christie gained fame in the 1992 Olympics for his hung lunchbox"?
Or has the expenses issue resulted in so much releasing of damp, heated fear from their collars that, in their imagination, the mental image of a parliament being hung would come across as too appealing a prospect to the electorate?
If so, they're not too confident in the ability of the public to distinguish between objects and people. As Nick the Cat Counter points out.
Hung Parliament? Who cares?Well, it's all off the agenda now. The new term is 'balanced'. It's more cuddly and less reminiscent of mass political slaughter. Yep, balanced it is going to have to be from now on.
Anyone up for a hanged Parliament?
Do you know what? I like that much better. Thank you Wales.
Now, which of the post-election intake is first for the different type of rope?
Pic nicked from this story about a complete nutter