...and those cringe-making pomposities
To Michael Gove, September 2019:
I say to the Chancellor of the Duchy, that when he turns up at our school as a parent, he’s a very well-behaved fellow. He wouldn’t dare behave like that in front of [the school] and neither would I. Don’t gesticulate, don’t rant, spare us the theatrics, behave yourself. Be a good boy young man – be a good boy.
Blaming his wife for an anti-Brexit sticker on his car, January 2019:
I’m sure the honourable gentleman wouldn’t suggest for one moment that a wife is somehow the property or chattel of her husband. She is entitled to her views, that sticker is not mine and that’s the end of it.
Insulting Greg Hands, March 2019:
I don’t require any help from the right honourable gentleman. I wouldn’t have the foggiest idea where to start. He was once a whip, he wasn’t a very good whip. It’d be better if he kept quiet.
Berating Esther McVey, March 2015:
I am reminded of the feeling when one thinks the washing machine will stop – but it does not!
To two noisy MPs , June 2014:
Can I say to Mr Robertson – you do have something of a lion’s roar and it rather lets you down, because I can hear very clearly it’s you. And as for you Mr Lucas, I’ve told you you need to go on some sort of therapeutic training course if you’re to attain the level of statesmanship to which you aspire.