Although Nicholas Soames recently urged the Foreign Secretary to show more kindness and understanding when dealing with one’s opponent, he appears to take a different attitude himself. Winston Churchill’s grandson was today reprimanded by the Speaker after it emerged that he had barked at a female SNP MP as she spoke in the chamber.
The incident occurred as Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh responded to Boris Johnson’s statement on President Trump’s visa ban. Ahmed-Sheikh later raised a point of order:
‘I understand that the right honourable member for Mid Sussex, who has always afforded me courtesy and respect, was making woof woof sounding noises to what I was saying — which I find extremely disrespectful.’
Soames then admitted that her suspicions were in fact correct:
‘I thought that in her question to the Foreign Secretary, she snapped at him a bit at the end so I offered her a friendly canine salute in return.’
Happily, Ahmed-Sheikh was too polite to hurl an insult back — or bring up that a so-called lover of Soames once said making love to him was ‘like having a wardrobe fall on top of you with the key sticking out’.
Although it’s the SNP who are frequently accused of lacking the appropriate etiquette in the chamber, on this occasion Soames is the one who could do with a lesson in manners.