This Blog has been encouraging speculation about who would be first to tackle David Cameron over the tax avoidance debacle that has been raging for more than a week.
I had a feeling it might be Denis Skinner.
He was certainly the one who made the biggest impact – being suspended, and ordered to leave the Commons chamber, for the heinous crime of calling Cameron “Dodgy Dave” – an incident that instantly spawned a Twitter hashtag.
Here’s the exchange:
But Denis Skinner isn’t the only one who has described Cameron in this manner, so one is led to ask why it was so objectionable this time.
Mr Skinner has expanded on his words in the Commons with an article in the Daily Mirror as follows:
I, like most people in the country, view tax havens as dodgy.
Cameron looked after himself by maxing out the taxpayers’ credit card to pay a mortgage on expenses in Oxfordshire and even claimed to cut the wisteria off his chimney.
So I, like most people in the country, think it dodgy he now earns a small fortune renting out a house in Notting Hill while living in Downing Street and Chequers.
His poisonous division of the country between “strivers and skivers” was also dodgy, particularly when you look now at what he was doing.
Cameron is dodgy.
He is Dodgy Dave.
He’s refused to answer questions before.
I’ve no regrets calling him what he is.
I’ve done it before so it was a bit of a surprise to be chucked out of the House of Commons.
No action was taken Cameron when he called me a Dinosaur, though I did receive dozens of letters, including one from a vicar, criticising Cameron.
The truth is I thought I might be pulled up for calling him a “scrounger” but that seems to be acceptable.
I’ll let the public be the judge and I know from the working people I speak to that they think Cameron is Dodgy Dave.
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