IN TIMES of trouble it is often worthwhile remembering and learning from the wisdom of our ancestors.

In the present political climate I would like to pass on two 19th century words that appear to have a renewed place in our modern vocabulary.

After all, Jacob Rees-Mogg has decreed that we should return to the language of our ancestors!

From a book of 19th century Dorset Dialect by William Barnes we have “BORIS NORIS” – defined as ‘Going on blindly, without thought of risk or dignity’

From America, in the same era we have “SNOLLYGOSTER” defined as ‘An unprincipled shameless representative governed entirely self interest’.

Uncanny prescience for our ancestors don’t you agree!