Tory MP Robert Syms told his local newspaper that he was a “bit surprised” by news that he is to receive a knighthood.
And he wasn’t the only one – given that the Poole and Dorset MP’s most recent notable contribution to public life was an aggressive and foul-mouthed fit over objections to the £1.5 billion hush money his party gave the DUP.
One Twitter user pointed out that the deal, which they described as a “coalition”, might breach the Good Friday Agreement.
Their comment was not directed at Syms, yet the MP took time out of his Sunday to send this now infamous response:
It's not a Coalition you dick
— Robert Syms MP (@RobertSyms) June 11, 2017
This apparently qualifies him to be honoured for “public and political services.”
Mike Penning, a Tory MP who charged the taxpayer for a £2.99 for a dog bowl, will receive a knighthood for the same reason.
Commenting on the decision, Conservative Home editor Mark Wallace wrote:
“It’s perhaps not overly cynical to conclude that, in addition to recognising their public service, these honours are intended to soften the blow somewhat, at a time when the Commons arithmetic makes it particularly important to ensure the happiness of as many Conservative MPs as possible.”
An incredibly cynical knighthood for a man who defended an incredibly cynical bribe.