Dorries: The Gift that Keeps on Giving


10:23 am - May 22nd 2009

by Unity    


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I’ll say one thing for Nadine Dorries. She is, quite literally, the gift that keeps on giving.

Today, for example, the MP for Mid Narnia shipped up on BBC Radio to complain bitterly that the Telegraph’s exposé of MP’s expense is all a McCarthyite witch-hunt and – get this – that the media should not be openly vilifying MP’s over their expenses claims because they’ve known what MP’s have been up to for years but have only now got around to making a front page story out of it.

For what it’s worth, this line of ‘argument’ – a term I use in its loosest possible sense – ssems to be the set up for one of Nadster’s periodic forays into conspiraloonacy which, in this case, amounts to the rather bizarre suggestion that the current scandal is all a plot by teh eeevil Eurosceptic Barclay Brothers to discredit the Tories before the upcoming European Parliamentary elections, boost the UKIP vote and, henceforward, propel the Tories into taking a much more Eurosceptical line come the next General Election.

Enter the Barclay brothers, the billionaire owners of The Daily Telegraph.

Rumour is that they are fiercely Euro sceptic and do not feel that either of the main parties are Euro sceptic enough. They have set upon a deliberate course to destabilise Parliament, with the hope that the winners will be UKIP and BNP.

A quick online check of the Barclay brothers and their antics on the Island of Sark is enough to give this part of the rumour credence.

Another rumour is that the disc was never acquired and sold by an amateur, but it was in fact a long term undercover operation run by the Telegraph for some considerable time, carefully planned and executed; and that the stories of the naive disc nabber ringing the news desk in an attempt to sell the stolen information are entirely the work of gossip and fiction.

These rumours do have some credibility given that this has all erupted during the European Election Campaign and turn out is expected to be high with protest votes, courtesy of the Daily Telegraph, or should I say the Barclay brothers.

Now, if this is all a power game executed by the BBs, how would they do that?

It is a fact that these men are no fools and are in fact self-made billionaires.

I would imagine and believe that if any of this is true, they know the British psyche well enough to whip up a mood of public anger, hence the long running revelations in the DT.

It is, of course, a fact entirely lost of Dorries, in invoking the unquiet shade of Joe McCarthy, that the disgraced senator’s modus operandi was that of attacking his opponents with extended smears and wild conspiracy theories that he was never capable of substantiating.

Not content with smearing the Barclay Brothers, Dorries also manages to put forward the worst defence imaginable, given the circumstances:

Just park a couple of facts for a moment, which you may not agree with but are factual.

The first is that MPs have always been encouraged, by whatever means possible, to draw down their ACA allowance in full. This is because it was upped in place of an appropriate pay rise.

The rules surrounding the ACA were deliberately sloppy in order to maximise the opportunity that MPs had to draw. This was always felt to be the safest political method to remunerate MPs, rather than face the media backlash of a pay rise.

That is all certainly true, but what does it say about the attitude that MP’s have for the people they represent?

What Dorries is saying is that this is all, ultimately, our fault. We, the electorate, wouldn’t swallow MP’s demands for a hefty pay rise at a time when Britain was in a sever recession and the 3 million people unemployed, so MP’s took it upon themselves to devise and put in place a corrupt system of allowances that would enable them to take the money anyway, without our realising what they were up to. If that’s the defence, then it seem to me that we should be asking the police to arrest every single MP that voted in favour of putting this now badly discredited system in place and charge with having engaged in a criminal conspiracy to obtain money, goods and services by deception.

The point that Dorries is missing entirely is that simply because the system was open to wholesale abuse, it doesn’t follw automatically that you have to abuse the system. It’s called moral agency and it something I think we have every right to expect MPs to exercise fully, or, as is now happening, face the consequences.

I can’t finish this post without adding to Dorries’ growing collection of unintentionally funny comments by noting that her apparent source for the Barclay Brothers theory allegedly went to make the observation that:

“if any of this conjecture is true, Parliament will become full of racists, fantasists, and has-been celebrities.”

Mmm… what do think Nadine’s planning to change her name to…

…Pot or Kettle?

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“Smearing” the Barclay Brothers? Of course, they’re stout defenders of democracy, silly me for not realising it. Look, whatever you think of Nadine (and personally I think she’s a complete arse and her views on abortion are downright offensive), she’s got a point about the Barclays and UKIP. As soon as you look at this situation and ask yourself what they’re trying to achieve it’s fairly obvious.

Our politicians are a bunch of scumbags. But the Barclay Brothers and UKIP would, most definitely, not be an improvement.

I’ll put you down for a tinfoil hat as well, Chris.

Looks like we’ll need to place a bulk order.

What Dorries is saying is that this is all, ultimately, our fault. We, the electorate, wouldn’t swallow MP’s demands for a hefty pay rise at a time when Britain was in a sever recession and the 3 million people unemployed, so MP’s took it upon themselves to devise and put in place a corrupt system of allowances that would enable them to take the money anyway,

Speaking as a nurse who the government last year tied in to 2% a year pay rises for three years, can I therefore devise my own system of spurious expenses claims for chandeliers, moat-cleaning etc to make the difference to what I reckon I should earn?

In fact, you don’t even need to buy me a chandelier. A nice set of light fittings from Ikea will do me nicely.

“A nice set of light fittings from Ikea will do me nicely.”

Slippery slope, that. Ikea light fittings today, chandeliers tomorrow, duck ponds the day after.

6. Richard (the original)

She’s getting ripped to shreds on ConHome.

7. the a&e charge nurse

It doesn’t matter how daft (or corrupt) Dorries is – the aftermath of the expenses scandal is, in effect, be the final nail in Broo’ns coffin.

Oh, I know they’re all at it, but over time the lions share of the blame will be heaped on the shoulders of an already discredited government.

I have an ominous feeling that we will have to get used to Dorries – we can expect a few more gifts yet?

Excellent piece. The chronicling of the public political suicide of the vile ‘mother of three from a council house in Liverpool’ ought to be a stark warning for others who ‘fancy having a go’ at politics.

I have to say I have always been a little uncomfortable with your anti-Dorries campaign, but hearing her this morning I realised that you have been right all along.
Simply barking.

Dorries:

Another rumour is that the disc was never acquired and sold by an amateur, but it was in fact a long term undercover operation run by the Telegraph for some considerable time, carefully planned and executed; and that the stories of the naive disc nabber ringing the news desk in an attempt to sell the stolen information are entirely the work of gossip and fiction.

You mean like Mission: Impossible – only without Tom Cruise. Or a cool theme tune. Or any evidence that any of this actually happened. Meanwhile Dorries deliberately misdirects the media with her ‘MP Suicide Watch’ claim (but then – all together now – if they’ve nothing to hide…).

Nadine Dorries will self-destruct in five seconds…

I particularly liked her claim on Radio Five Live this morning that “MPs don’t have a right of reply” – this not just coming mere seconds after she mentioned how they all live in dread of the Telegraph’s afternoon phonecall, but also utterly ignoring the fact that MPs are exempt from the laws of slander and libel in the Commons chamber, so have more protection than anyone else in the country when it comes to giving a robust defence.

By the by, though I do think that the full-on conspiracy theory is a bit much, I do wonder if a less anti-EU newspaper might have held back on publishing allegations that were bound to have a major impact on public political opinion until after the upcoming elections. Because it IS going to be the eurosceptic parties – be it UKIP and the BNP on the right or the Greens and no2eu on the left – that are most likely to benefit from this.

Does Dorries intend standing at the next election? If she does, she has given her opponents a lot of ammo to use against her.

13. Simon Leonard

The latest from Dorries’ blog (McCarthy to Gitmo in one morning) –

The technique deployed by the Telegraph, picking off a few MPs each day, emailing at 12 giving five hours notice to reply, recording the conversation, not allowing them to speak, shouting over them when they try to explain, telling them they are going to publish anyway, at day 15, is amounting to a form of torture and may have serious consequences.

Loved Sandra Gidley MP’s tweet this morning:

“NAdine Dorries – doesn’t seem to realise that MPs have “fear in their eyes” because she is approaching”

Fight fight fight!

15. Richard (the original)

Dorries is a Labour plant, you heard it here first.

Dorries is a Labour plant, you heard it here first.

Yike! Call Mulder and Scully!

But is Agent Dorries aware that she actually is a plant – has she lost her true identity after so long under deep cover? Is she in reality the MP for Manchuria Central and not Mid-Narnia?

17. Solomon Hughes

Nurse Zarathustra’s lack of pay rises were very directly related to the MP’s Additional Costs Allowance – I think Dorries was very accurate in her description of the Additional Costs Allowance: It was a secret £24 k payment to MP’s , so that in public they could claim “we should all tighten our belts”, and hold down public sector pay, whilst in private loosen them a notch or two (or three or four): Basically the Additional Costs Allowance was a trick to try and bamboozle public sector workers into accepting pay restraint : Thatcher started this in the mid 1980’s, while Labour expanded on it by increasing and broadening the ACA. the only odd thing is that Dorries cannot see what is wrong with a pay rise the MPs’ knew about, that some journos knew about, but was secret from the public

“if any of this conjecture is true, Parliament will become full of racists, fantasists, and has-been celebrities.”
Nadine, if you mean ‘Kilroy’ just say ‘Kilroy’.

love it!! love it! love it!

Speaking as someone who knows, you know, deep in the heart of the UKIP press office, the idea that the Telgraph is backing UKIP is absurd. We actually get better treatment from The Guardian.

No, I’m not saying that the Guardian supports UKIP, just that they’ll correct errors, report facts rather than slanting them, for UKIP rather better than the Telegraph will.

Weird but true.

21. redpesto

Cameron on Dorries:

“Of course MPs are concerned about what is happening but, frankly, MPs ought to be concerned about what their constituents think and ought to be worrying about the people who put us where we are,” Cameron told the BBC.

Meanwhile:

There was clear anger among Tory high command at the latest intervention by the outspoken Mid Bedfordshire MP, with one senior source describing her comments as “completely wacky”.

Maybe they’re all part of the conspiracy too?

22. redpesto

Dorries denies everything (x-post)

“I’ll say one thing for Nadine Dorries. She is, quite literally, the gift that keeps on giving.”

Oh come on, at least say something that makes sense.

She’s not “quite literally” a gift that keeps giving, is she? IS SHE? Because that would require her to be a magical Toys-R-Us Christmas item.

This is on a par with “Tony Blair is literally walking into the history books”. Which must have hurt.

OK, pedantry aside, good post. But stop abusing the word literaly. Literaly.

Dorries or torries, doesn’t matter. Try http://www.FreeEurope.info for the difference…

When are you going to update your own blog, Unity?

I’m proper missing your posts.

Great post Unity!

You think she see the lights as she hears the “WooOOoo, wooOOoo” sound in her head?

Her blog seems to be down – by order of CCHQ and JustCallMeDave perhaps?

I believe we are witnessing the beginning of the end of Nadine Dorries. Someone should make a Downfall video with subtitles just for her to mark the occasion.


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