POINT OF ORDER – 'A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL' – 6 February 2019
Mr Peter Bone: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am sorry that I have not given you notice of this, but it was not possible. Since Prime Minister’s questions began, the President of the European Council has said that there is a “special place in hell” reserved for Brexiteers. I do not recall any president insulting Members of this House, members of the Government and the British people in such a way. What means are open to the House or the Government to respond to such a completely outrageous insult?
Mr Speaker: I am not responsible for the statements of the President of the European Council, and I did not know – I was not hitherto conscious – that the hon. Gentleman was notably sensitive, that he was in any sense a delicate flower, and that he was capable of being a quickly and severely injured soul by virtue of the ad hominem remarks of others. If indeed he has been developing a sensitivity and he feels insulted – [Interruption.] Or even, as the right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) chunters from a sedentary position, wounded.
Dr Julian Lewis: Deeply.
Mr Speaker: Deeply wounded, apparently. Well, then I am sorry for the hon. Gentleman. ...