The Scottish Mail on Sunday



early doors, but Most An­noy­ing Quote Of 2017 prize goes to Pres­i­dent Putin. ‘I am not a woman,’ he said, ‘so I don’t have bad days.’

In just one sen­tence, he man­ages not just to in­sult half the pop­u­la­tion of the planet but also sev­eral whole coun­tries.

‘I am not try­ing to in­sult any­one,’ he con­tin­ues. ‘That’s just the na­ture of things. There are cer­tain nat­u­ral cy­cles.’

Those killed by Rus­sian bombs and bul­lets in Syria, Chech­nya and Ukraine will be turn­ing in their graves.

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