British Prime Minister David Cameron's statement on Monday about the Panama Papers tax evasion scandal turned into a historic TV moment, when an outspoken member of British Labor Party called him out over his financial affairs.
The member for Bolsover, Dennis Skinner, sparked uproar during the prime minister’s weekly “Question Time” by memorably labeling him as “Dodgy Dave.”
“I asked him a very important question about the windfall he received when he wrote off the mortgage of the premises in Notting Hill, and I said to him he didn't write off the mortgage of the one taxpayers were helping to pay for at Oxford,” the 84-year-old said in the House of Commons. “I didn't receive a proper answer then. Maybe dodgy Dave will answer it now.”
The speaker of the House, John Bercow, twice asked the MP to withdraw the jibe. However, when Skinner declined to comply, he was asked to leave the chamber for the rest of the day.
Watch the epic moment in the video above.
Unsurprisingly, where #DodgyDave immediately began trending on Twitter, Skinner also became something of an instant hero. Some on social media even branded him as “the last honest politician left in the parliament” while other expressed anger that he was ejected from the Commons.
Ridiculous MP Dennis Skinner got thrown out of HoC for stating facts! If only he blatantly lied like Dodgy Dave #Cameron. Gov hypocrisy!— Really!Andy Jones MP (@Blue_bottle69) April 13, 2016
Dennis skinner may have been asked to leave the Commons, but #DodgyDave and co will probably be evicted at the next elections.— Mohammed Tarajia (@_mht7) April 13, 2016
Dennis Skinner tries an alternative strategy pic.twitter.com/e8xi5WZVg9— Charles Edward Frith (@charlesfrith) April 11, 2016
My favourite thing that Dennis Skinner said today?...."Do what you like!" Classic!— James Wren (@jameswren1975) April 11, 2016
Skinner’s smear also inspired some hilarious memes, obviously.
Cameron is under fire after admitting that he and his wife, Samantha, profited from shares invested in the offshore Panama-based firm by his father, Ian Cameron. Cameron ardently supported his late father in his speech this week. Since then, more than 140,000 people have signed a petition demanding his resignation.