Losing his temper in the House of Commons today, Prime Minister David Cameron caused a Twitter storm as he hurled insults across the house including hitting out at 80-year-old Dennis Skinner, who has been a Labour MP for over 40 years.
When Dennis Skinner asked the PM why Jeremy Hunt had better employment rights than the rest of the country Cameron replied "Well, the honourable gentleman has the right, at any time, to take his pension and I advise him to do so." There was uproar in the Commons who had already been mistakenly accused by the Speaker of “baying noiselessly.”
Twitter users spoke out saying that Cameron’s dismissal of Skinner’s age was an insult to all people past retirement age, as it implied they had no more use to society.
As the Opposition peppered Cameron with questions about Hunt and the Leveson Inquiry the Prime minister got angrier and angrier as he gradually aligned himself more and more to the Culture Secretary. This is likely to be the Opposition’s intention, the more Cameron is seen to support Hunt the more embarrassing it will be for the Prime Minister if the Leveson Inquiry is not satisfied with Hunt’s account of his dealings with Murdochs.
It is not the first time the Prime Minister has lost his temper in the Commons and lashed out at Skinner, when previously asked a question about the Leveson Inquiry he referred to the elderly MP as a dinosaur.