“In private and exasperated moments Germans have a name for us (the British): the inselaffen, or ‘island monkeys’ – unpredictable, backward, quarrelsome and isolated. “It’s not common, especially in polite company.
“A senior British diplomat assured me that it has not been used for decades.
“He should try looking at social media, where the term has mushroomed since Brexit………..”
Source: Edward Lucas, The Times, 4th April 2017.
blueprint brief – 12th April 2017