Nearly a decade ago, the then prime minister, David Cameron, suspended Nadine Dorries, then party whip, after she appeared on I’m a Celebrity.
And it seems the wound never healed, as the culture secretary tweeted a photo of Cameron joking that he looked like “a ticket tout”.
The tweet, showing a picture of Cameron wearing a baseball cap and a lumberjack shirt at Cocklebarrow Races, near Cheltenham, was captioned: “Whether it’s a major music festival, sporting event or concert, it’s important that people pay a fair price to see the events they love. Please remain vigilant when considering to buy from ticket touts. Guidance is available if you are unsure.”
Whether it’s a major music festival, sporting event or concert, it's important that people pay a fair price to see the events they love. Please remain vigilant when considering to buy from ticket touts. Guidance is available if you are unsure: https://t.co/KtbLBcD0wK pic.twitter.com/XGCnISBkgk
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) January 24, 2022
Cameron suspended the whip from Dorries when she appeared on I’m a Celebrity in 2012, after failing to disclose her absence to film the show. The whip was later returned to her in 2013.
Many commenters were amused by her jibe, including spoof former Conservative MP Michael Take. He tweeted: “You are wicked Nads,” adding that the joke was a “work of comedy genius” and the “why the country adores you”.
You are wicked Nads!😂
Alluding to David Cameron being a ticket tout is a work of comedy genius!
You naughty vixen you.
It’s why the country adores you Nads.
You are bubbly, full of fun and just plain lovely.
Our very own Gracie Fields.❤️🇬🇧
— Sir Michael Take CBE (@MichaelTakeMP) January 24, 2022
The tweet also spawned a number of imitators, including one who posted a photo of a bookmakers with the image of Cameron in his casual outdoor outfit waiting outside, appearing to naturally fit into the scene.
Another said he looked like he was in the market for some livestock, while one person said he resembled an extra from The Full Monty.
David Cameron looks like he's just put a bid on for some sheep. pic.twitter.com/UTeIgcRbEM
— Stiglitz (@ShogunCharlie) January 25, 2022
Dorries was not the only person with the same idea. A tweet posted several hours before her used the same image and captioned it: “Big Dave, buying and selling tickets outside Royal Ascot.”
Why am I not surprised you've nicked someone else's idea. https://t.co/uhLeVrNTjF
— ThyroidNinjaBSc (@NinjaThyroid) January 24, 2022
This is not the first time that Dorries has sought to exact revenge for her treatment by Cameron. Speaking to BBC Two’s Daily Politics in 2012, Dorries said: “Unfortunately, I think that not only are Cameron and [chancellor George] Osborne two posh boys who don’t know the price of milk, but they are two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition and no passion to want to understand the lives of others – and that is their real crime.”