Beastly Behaviour


Labour MP Dennis Skinner has been banned from the Commons for the rest of Thursday for accusing shadow chancellor George Osborne of snorting cocaine.

Referring to the 1980s, Mr Skinner said: “The only thing that was growing then was the lines of coke in front of Boy George and the rest of the Tories.”

Two thoughts:

  • George Osbourne was – what? – 10 in 1980 and 20 in 1990. The only coke he was taking back then was likely to be of the cola variety.
  • What does Dennis seem to think that one of the most surefire ways of demonstrating that something is true is to cite the fact that it was reported in the News of the World?

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