Dennis Skinner's latest Queen's Speech quip. You gotta love this Republican!

    Today's was: "Any Tory moles at the Palace?"


    Skinner has often cracked jokes, usually about the Royal Family, during the annual Queen's Speech ceremony. He does this upon the arrival of Black Rod (the symbol of Royal authority in the House of Commons) to summon MPs to hear the Queen's speech in the House of Lords.

    In 1992, he told the Queen to "Pay your taxes"; at the time, this was an important political issue.

    In 2000, he shouted out "Tell her to read the Guardian!" - the Guardian newspaper was campaigning at the time to repeal various laws relating to the monarchy.

    In 2003, he suggested that the Speaker "bar the doors" after Black Rod had arrived, a practice that is used to block late-arriving MPs from casting their votes after the division bells have been sounded. The tongue-in-cheek suggestion by Skinner was scoffed at by Speaker Michael Martin.

    In 2005, Skinner shouted out, after Black Rod summoned the Commons to hear the Queen, "has she brought Camilla [the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales] with her?"; there had been media rumours that the Queen and Camilla were not on good terms.

    In 2006, Skinner responded to Black Rod's invitation with "Is Helen Mirren on standby?", in reference to the portrayal by Helen Mirren of Elizabeth II in the 2006 film, The Queen. The BBC political commentator Huw Edwards called the quip "cheap but funny".

    In 2007, he asked "Who shot the harriers?" referring to a recent event in Sandringham, where two protected harriers had been shot near a royal property. Prince Harry and a friend had been questioned by police over the incident.

    In 2008, he asked, "any Tory moles at the Palace?", referring to the recent arrest of Conservative MP Damian Green in connection with an investigation about him receiving confidential information from a civil servant at the Home Office who was formerly a Conservative Party candidate.


    Dennis - old school. Good :thumbsup:

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    Dennis - old school. Good :thumbsup:

    Yep, both him and his more erudite colleague, Tony Benn. Admire them both a lot.
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