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.