Probably the Definitive Explanations

The nickname “Ming” derives from the traditional Scots pronunciation of his name “MING-iss”, although “MENZ-ees” is the prevalent pronunication in the civilised world (and Australia). When Scots first began to be widely written in the sixteenth century, the letter pronounced most like an English “Y” was, in its written form, virtually indistinguishable from the English letter “Z”. Hence the old name for Shetland being “Zetland” pronounced “yetland” and Menzies being pronounced “Ming-yis”.

He does not drive a Mercedes Bing.

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Andrea Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today

“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential. … He’s made his views known on Brexit… it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”


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