Newly-elected British prime minister, Boris Johnson promised, in the Queen’s speech this week outlining his legislative programme, to end ‘vexatious’ prosecutions of British soldiers, a pledge that has raised Nationalist hackles in Ireland.
But what exactly does ‘vexatious’ mean? Here is what my Apple thesaurus says:
annoying, vexing, irritating, irksome, displeasing, infuriating, maddening, exasperating, provoking, galling, rankling, grating, jarring, harassing, harrying, bothersome, tiresome, troublesome, niggling; upsetting, perturbing, worrying, worrisome, concerning, trying, taxing, distressing, traumatic, unsettling, unpleasant; difficult, awkward, problematic, inconvenient, lamentable, deplorable.
So, I guess we won’t be seeing any British soldiers in the dock any time soon….