Generation that 'never complained' IDS in dig at snowflake belly-aching in Philip tribute


Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith questioned what the Duke of Edinburgh would have made of social media where “everybody complains”. He told MPs: “He was straight and very funny and that’s a key element to this. In this generation I wonder what he thought about social media, everybody complains and belly-aches the whole time about each other often rudely and arrogantly.

“Something he would have considered appalling.

“If you have nothing good to say about someone then the old rule was, then don’t say it.

“Of course this will fly over our heads here quite happily.”

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The Prime Minister said Philip, through his achievements including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, had touched the lives of millions of people.

He said that “in due course” the House of Commons and the country would consider a “suitable memorial” to Philip, who died aged 99 on Friday.

Mr Johnson told MPs, recalled from their Easter recess a day early to pay tribute to the duke: “He gave us, and he gives us all, a model of selflessness and of putting others before ourselves.”

The Prime Minister, whose usually unruly hair had been trimmed ahead of the Commons session, said although the duke might have been “embarrassed or even faintly exasperated” to receive the tributes, he “made this country a better place and for that he will be remembered with gratitude and with fondness for generations to come”.

“That vehicle’s unique and idiosyncratic silhouette reminds the world that he was above all a practical man, who could take something very traditional, whether a machine or, indeed, a great national institution, and find a way by his own ingenuity to improve it, to adapt it for the 20th and 21st century,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr Johnson said successive prime ministers had been catered for by the duke at Balmoral, with Philip cooking the meat on a barbecue of his own design.

The Prime Minister, no stranger to controversial comments himself, acknowledged the duke “occasionally drove a coach and horses through the finer points of diplomatic protocol, and he coined a new word, dontopedalogy, for the experience of putting your foot in your mouth”.

Amongst his “more parliamentary expressions” he “commented adversely on the French concept of breakfast,” Mr Johnson said.



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