MacShane however seems to be completely unfazed by this and can often be seen still lurking on the Labour benches as if nothing had happened! No sign of support from them though, he only seems to enter the chamber when there is plenty of room on said benches, he has appeared a little lonely of late.
‘Doughnutting’, is a parliamentary term to refer to the practice of surrounding someone they wish to support, for the benefit of the television cameras and their rather narrow shots in parliamentary coverage. These tight shots are to con the public into thinking there are more MPs present than there actually are.
Cows in a field will not graze too close to cow pats, this is known as the ‘zone of repugnance’, or perhaps in parliamentary language ‘reverse-doughnutting’.
Denis seems to be benefiting from a distinct reluctance by his colleagues to sit close to him. Also he seems to exit the chamber just as soon as he has made his contribution.
Perhaps now is the time for Denis to exhibit a little humility for a change and to stop acting as though nothing has happened. He is, after all, still under investigation by the parliamentary authorities and in addition by the police!
If he carries on in a similar vein, he will leave himself open to the accusation that he is not taking the investigations seriously and it just reinforces most peoples views as to his arrogance!