Given the prime minister’s disdain for parliament, is it any wonder Dawn Butler broke rules to call him a ‘liar’?
The Independent says on the last day of parliament before the summer recess, Labour MP Dawn Butler was asked to leave the Commons chamber after refusing to retract remarks in which she called Boris Johnson a liar – an accusation that isn’t allowed under Commons rules.
“At the end of the day, the prime minister has lied to this house time and time again,” said Butler, “and it’s funny that we get in trouble in this place for calling out the lie, rather than the person lying.”
My colleague John Rentoul believes that it was little more than a publicity stunt on the last day before recess (and that calling someone a liar is not an argument). But I would argue that if you are facing a prime minister and a government that appear to treat parliamentary convention with disdain, then is it an unexpected development?
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