WATCH: Civil servant tries to wriggle himself out of saying 'Boaty McBoatface' in Parliament 5 years ago

WATCH: Civil servant tries to wriggle himself out of saying 'Boaty McBoatface' in Parliament

The democratic will of the people probably won't be enough to actually name a research ship Boaty McBoatface, because killjoy politicians are likely to block it.

Still, there's still plenty of life in one of 2016's standout news stories, evidenced by this video clip of civil servant Martin Donnelly being cornered into saying the name out loud in Parliament, despite his best efforts to evade doing so.

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Donnelly, who reportedly earns €205,000 a year, had to be asked four times by Tory MP Richard Bacon to say the winning entry of an online contest that let the public choose a €257m Royal Research Ship's name.

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We know that Boaty McBoatface absolutely steamrolled the competition, with 120,000 votes in its favour, but the powers that be are boringly reluctant to let it stick.

Still, it's good to know ol' Boaty is still causing a stir.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rESCTewREo

When Donnelly did finally let the name slip, the jubilant Bacon's response was: "I just wanted you to say that on the record. And you did."

Long live Boaty McBoatface.

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