Gove attacks SNP MPs with ‘they don’t like it up ’em’ jibe

Responding to MP Steven Bonnar, the Cabinet Office boss accused the SNP of wanting to 'smash up' the UK.

Michael Gove echoed Dad’s Army as he told the SNP “they don’t like it up ’em”, accusing their MPs of being intent on “smashing up the United Kingdom”.

In a fiery Commons exchange, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster used the catchphrase of the character Lance Corporal Jones, played by the late Clive Dunn, adding that some SNP MPs were “decent and kind people” but still “nationalists”.

Following a statement on the UK’s negotiating mandate with the EU, SNP MP Steven Bonnar called for a second Scottish independence referendum.

The Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP added: “Does he truly believe withholding the sovereign right of the Scottish people is a sustainable position going forward?”

In his response, Gove mislabelled the Scottish National Party as the “Scottish nationalist party” at which point SNP MPs interrupted, shouting “national, national”.