David Cameron appeared in the Commons yesterday, giving a statement regarding the Panama Papers, which revealed that his father had invested in an offshore fund, in which the prime minister himself had a stake.
Cameron underlined that there was a difference between investing for entrepreneurial reasons and "artificially reducing taxes."
Dennis Skinner MP made his "dodgy" remark in a speech in which he referred to Cameron's past controversies over taxes and parliamentary expenses.
In particular, Skinner highlighted how Cameron had used taxpayer money to repay his mortgage, a common practice among MPs, which was only stemmed after the eruption of the so-called "expenses scandal" in 2009.
Still, under Westminster rules, it is considered "unparliamentary language" to question the honorability of a fellow MP. According to the UK parliament's website, words such as "blackguard, coward, git, guttersnipe, hooligan, rat, swine, stoolpigeon and traitor" have all been deemed unsuitable for Parliament.
My dictionary says 'dodgy' means dishonest, unreliable or potentially dangerous. Plenty of examples so where's the problem? #DodgyDave— Suzanne Evans (@SuzanneEvans1) April 11, 2016
The Commons' speaker John Bercow, therefore, asked Skinner to withdraw the "adjective starting with d and ending with y." Skinner chose instead to drive his point home, shouting that Cameron "has done more to divide this nation than anyone else," and then continued, saying:
"I still refer to him as dodgy Dave. Do what you like."
Skinner was subsequently asked to leave the chamber — it is the fifth time in his 46-year-long parliamentary career. In a column in the left wing newspaper the Mirror, Skinner wrote:
"I, like most people in the country, view tax havens as dodgy. Cameron looked after himself by maxing out the taxpayers' credit card to pay a mortgage on expenses in Oxfordshire and even claimed to cut the wisteria off his chimney."
Skinner also expressed surprised to have been thrown out, especially as the Prime Minister referred to him as a "dinosaur" in a recent debate, without any consequence.