‘Dodgy Dave’: the definitive Skinnerism?

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2016 by kmflett


Dennis Skinner may have been MP for Bolsover since 1970 and he may be 83 but his description of Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons on 11th April as ‘dodgy Dave’ (for which he was ejected from the Chamber by the Speaker) may be the definitive Skinnerism.

The Telegraph called it ‘rude’ while others suggested Skinner spoke for the nation. There may not be much contradiction here as historically the British people in expressing sentiments have tended to be rather rude. Indeed on 31st January 1649 matters went so far as to find King Charles 1st and his head separated from one another.

‘Dodgy Dave’ is a term made for social media (Skinner is not on Twitter, the misspelling of the account with his name is a clue) and it may also be the definitive Skinnerism.

A digital search of key texts: E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class, Tony Benn’s Diaries and Raymond Williams Keywords provides not one mention of the word ‘dodgy’.


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