‘I am insulted!’ Fury as Donald Tusk accused of mocking ‘boring’ British city

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The former president of the European Council made a swipe at Bath as he reflected on his time there in his recently published diaries. He attended a language school in the area in January 2016 to “polish” his English before David Cameron conducted his last-ditch negotiations with the EU before the Brexit vote. Unesco describes Bath as “one of the most beautiful cities in Europe”, steeped in history and elegant Georgian architecture.

Despite these qualities, which earned Bath the status of a World Heritage Site in the 1980s, the city did not impress the Polish politician.

Mr Tusk recalled a visit to historic row of townhouses known as the Circus, understanding it to be considered “one of the best works of British architecture”.

Writing in his memoir Szczerze, Mr Tusk claimed “god knows why” it received the title.

He went on to call the architecture “a circle of boring, identical facades”.

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Donald Tusk made ‘insulting’ remarks about Bath (Image: Getty Images)

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Donald Tusk recalled a visit to Bath in his memoirs (Image: Getty Images)

Mr Tusk added: “A few hundred metres away there is a small Jane Austen museum, she lived here for several years.

“‘Pride and Prejudice’ would make a good motto for Brexit.”

The ex-European Council president was no happier during his stay at the language school.

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Donald Tusk described the Circus as ‘boring’ (Image: Getty Images)

The Daily Telegraph believe the school to be Linguarama, near the village of Box in Wiltshire.

Mr Tusk wrote: “It’s cold, it winds mercilessly, and it rains almost all the time.

“The nights are black, the days are dark grey, and I am suffering from fever and cough.

“I might just as well go and hang myself.”

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Donald Tusk was having English lessons ahead of Brexit negotiations (Image: Getty Images)

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Donald Tusk stayed at the Linguarama language school (Image: Google)

His review of south-west England sparked a backlash on Friday as Bath residents leapt to defend their city, questioning Mr Tusk’s taste.

The History of Bath’s Research group were astounded at Mr Tusk’s criticism of the Circus.

David Crellin said: “I am staggered that Tusk would say it was boring.

“Its repetitiveness and common nature is its strength, not its weakness – it is a pity that Tusk does not appreciate that vision as it overwhelms many people when they look at it for the first time.”

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Bath Tours’ Sue Swainbank said: “I am quite insulted by the comments actually. I think it shows a lack of appreciation of splendid Georgian architecture.”

Others were enraged by Mr Tusk’s attack on Britain’s weather.

Kathryn Davis, CEO of Visit Bath, said: “It was unfortunate that when Donald Tusk was in Bath there was inclement weather.

“When you come to Bath there are other things you can do which do not involve good weather.”

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Residents in Bath were ‘insulted’ by the remarks (Image: Getty Images)

Robin Moss, a councillor in the region, added: “Tusk must be used to this type of weather – is he not from Poland?

“It’s not as though he comes from Italy.”

Memories of Mr Tusk’s visit are still prevalent at the Linguarama language school, based in a grand Jacobean manor house.

His teacher Jon Waring recalled how during one game Mr Tusk revealed he had once accidentally found himself in the same toilet “as a famous female popstar, who I believe was Shakira”.

Mr Waring added: “One of them opened the door and saw the other, and whoever was wrong said ‘I’m sorry’ and walked out. That was his comedy moment.”


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