Yes, Skinner should go to the ball

Or rather, the Olympics.

Skinner will probably kill me for this – and might well turn them down anyway – but I have only one thought when we say goodbye: could somebody please send him tickets for the athletics at the Olympics? He and his family applied; he has two daughters and a son from his marriage, which ended amicably in 1989, and now lives with his parliamentary assistant. But another of his rules is never to talk about his family – so they only come up when he mentions the failure to get tickets. If Skinner doesn\’t deserve a seat at the games, I don\’t know who does, and if anyone would like to make amends for Cameron\’s contempt, I can\’t think of a better gesture.

Sod the Cameron\’s contempt thing. Dennis Skinner\’s one of those national treasures, up there with Peter Tatchell. Rarely right, entirely annoying and equally one of those who have made the country a vastly better place.

18 comments on “Yes, Skinner should go to the ball

  1. I’ve done more for the economic well-being of this country over the past 20 years than Skinner has. It’s my taxes that paid for the damn thing, so where’s my tickets (actually, just give me back my taxes).

    Don’t care if my politicians are decent and honorable. Dennis Skinner might have been squeeky clean over expenses, but put him in charge, we’d be deeper in the shit than Greece are.

  2. Skinner is an oaf. National treasure possibly, but I don’t recall his ever doing anything worthwhile.

  3. And responsible for lengthening the dole queue in Bolsover. He should retire and create a vacancy.

  4. “National treasure” is a bit of an insult, isn’t it? If you call someone a national treasure, you’re basically comparing them to Tony Benn.

    Imagine a government of national treasures!

  5. Some typically ungracious, nasty remarks from the usual suspects.. right-wing wankery at its worse.. Aah well, no matter.. at least the author of this blog has it right.. integrity isn’t a word I would use often to describe a politician but the Beast of Bolsover is certainly an exception.. he will be missed when he finally retires from the House.. though not, I suspect, by the Tory front- benchers..

  6. >one of those who have made the country a vastly better place.

    How? (Genuinely interested to know how you reach this conclusion about a world-class cunt. That’s for you, Seth.)

  7. Well, Chris.. number one.. he’s NOT a greedy, thieving twat who feels the need to top up his £64k salary by claiming expenses for Mars bars.. and number two, he systematically pisses off the circle jerkers on the government front bench..

    I think that’ll do to be going on with..

  8. I wasn’t asking you for your uninteresting opinions, Seth. I was asking Tim. The ‘cunt’ was for you.

  9. Has someone hacked Tim’s blog?! Skinner’s a ghastly excuse for a politician, like most MPs from ‘we’d vote for a dead donkey if it had a red rosette’ land..

  10. Seth – “Well, Chris.. number one.. he’s NOT a greedy, thieving twat who feels the need to top up his £64k salary by claiming expenses for Mars bars.. and number two, he systematically pisses off the circle jerkers on the government front bench..”

    Well for one, neither do bloody I and I don’t get paid 64k for being an arsehole either. If the circle jerkers who are on the government front bench or the opposition’s ever heard about me, I am pretty sure they would be pissed off as well.

    So both those conditions not only apply to me and most of the posters here, they apply to two thirds of the country. We’re all f**king special?

  11. People like Dennis Skinner would have reduced this country to a satellite of the USSR given half a chance in the 7os and 80s, so forgive me for not finding him a ‘national treasure’. Just because he wasn’t in politics to feather his own nest does not mean he has had the best interests of the nation at heart. Ditto for Tony Benn, and all the other closet communist fellow travellers this country has had to battle for the last 80 years.

  12. Talking of supposed national treasures, how on earth did Tam Dalyell get away with trying to spend £20k of taxpayers’ money on bookshelves?

    Ah, forgot, he’s a national treasure.

  13. Well for one, neither do bloody I and I don’t get paid 64k for being an arsehole either.

    How much do you get paid for it, then?

  14. Matthew L – “How much do you get paid for it, then?”

    Free public service, mate. That’s why I should be a national treasure.

  15. Only joking, SMFS. I don’t actually think you’re an arsehole, I just couldn’t resist the open goal.

  16. If Dennis Skinner really is a national treasure then locking him in a vault or burying him in a deep hole would seem to be in order. I don’t care how sincerely someone’s beliefs are held. In fact, if said beliefs are as odious as Skinner’s, the less sincerely the better.

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