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Why Nadine Dorries is better off not blogging or Tweeting


11:00 am - October 1st 2010

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contribution by Humphrey Cushion

It all started when I saw a tweet that Tony Curtis had died (RIP). In his honour I asked Twitter which avatar I should wear for a “tweetalongasomelikeithot” in the afternoon.: my Gangster, Captain or the Drag Act one I made for earlier.

Twitter chose the Drag Act… (Ivana S Uckuoff as she is fondly known 😉 )

I never got to have the tweet-a-long in the end sadly as I was distracted by Nadine Dorries’ blog post yesterday, urging people to grass up the unemployed on Twitter to the DWP.

For a laugh, I tweeted ‘oopsie, she’s caught me’… what followed is in equal measure hilarious and disturbing [blogger Guido Fawkes ‘outs her’ not long after]

Dorries didn’t name me as the “scrounger” but I have a feeling she would have, had she gone ahead and published the Iain Dale blog post. That is not the point I want to address however.

As you may know, I am currently awaiting 2 operations on my feet as arthritis has crippled them. I have waited since March for these operations, sadly the hospital has been relieved of its ”18 week guarantee”, thanks Coalition.

I struggle to stand and walk, I also have arthritis in my neck. I am a home carer. I love my job although the pay is dreadful and working with dementia clients can be as distressing as it is joyful. My company are holdng my job open for me, I wish I could work from my chair at home but sadly the clients cant come to me!

I miss working. I also miss walking. I miss days out with my kids. I miss going to their sports days and plays. I miss having the life I took for granted just a year ago. But I have Twitter and I thank God for Twitter every day.

Twitter gives me a social life, every morning without fail @Ivan_Jelical wishes me good morning, then it begins.

I struggle to talk on the phone as my grip is bad and my neck hurts so I “chat” on Twitter to pass the time.

I also raise awareness for issues I feel are important, make daft avatars and terrible jokes, write blog posts, proof read for friends and manage other blogs for friends and communities. You could say, I get by with a little help from my friends…. they are my rocks and I would be lost and lonely without them.

Twitter has even given me a “real” social life. I’ve found some locals online and we meet up every few weeks for “tweet-ups”. Sometimes a “twandoori”, other times for Steak Night in my local.

I am deeply saddened by Nadine’s comments about tweeters. I know many people to whom Twitter is a lifeline, a distraction from pain /depression /generally shitty lives.

I look forward to reading the post she blogged about, the one that will appear on Iain Dale’s blog about why MPs shouldn’t tweet nor blog.. I feel she has answered that question herself quite succinctly though.

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Sometimes saying or doing the first thing that comes into your head isn’t the best idea.

First hand experience.

I do hope you’re using a telephone headset rather than having to hold a normal handset. If not, do try one, it might make your telephone use a lot more bearable.
Here are some on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Doffice-products&field-keywords=telephone+headset&x=0&y=0

I am assuming you are not on unemployment benefit if you are in need of operations? So presumably, this idea (can we accord Ms Dorries’ thoughts that level of coherence?) doesn’t actually affect you, unless you are certain Ms Dorries in characteristically unthinking mode has confused the fact you can’t work with the assumption you are on unemployment benefit. A rather strange assumption for an ex-nurse, but then again, she does have a track record…

I think what irks Dorries is either that you sound like you are having fun when of course the genuine benefit claimants are miserable all the time, or she assumes your condition should prevent you from typing as well as walking. Obviously both of these are laughable.

What would be interesting is if the new welfare system reforms would, for example, provide for a company that could give you some typing work. Your genuineness should not detract from the reality that there are some people who claim they are unable to work when in fact they can do some work just not all work – or they can work some days not all days. If the Tories are genuine about giving people the opportunity to work, they need to provide a system that will do so in a fair and humane way!

I write as someone who has anylosing spondylitis and Crohns disease and asthma and a poor immune system in general, but seldom misses a day’s work (but has an understanding employer and a suitable job – hence why I am on here at this time of day!)

Given that you can blog and tweet (and clearly you can compose prose) if you’d like some work please contact me directly. I know of some that’s available (no, it’s not for me, it’s just that one place I myself work for at times has work to spare). Online writing, that’s all.

Not very interesting, not very well paid (about £10 for something of blog post length) but as much of it as you might want to do.

Would it be uncharitable to idly wonder whether Mr Worstall’s offer of work could be said to meet the minimum wage requirement?

Great post, and thanks LC for the coverage of this very important issue. Though I shouldn’t be surprised- I’ve been on LC since it started and know that Sunny and Ms Dorries have never been the best of friends!

Tim Worstall- I do freelance writing/copy editing. Could I have more info on the online writing mentioned above, please? Email address on http://www.samedifference1.com

Good post. Its a pity the commenters seem to have missed the point.

I know of some that’s available (no, it’s not for me, it’s just that one place I myself work for at times has work to spare).

Paid to blog? That’s like finding love in a belching contest. It can’t be…

Great post, and thanks LC for the coverage of this very important issue. Though I shouldn’t be surprised- I’ve been on LC since it started, and Sunny and Ms Dorries have never been the best of friends!

Tim Worstall- I do freelance writing/copy editing. Could I have more info on the online writing you mention above, please?

@ 6: depends upon how fast you can write really, just like all piece work. I myself generally make around £15- £20 an hour doing it. So, yes, well above minimum wage. And can I note again please, just for the record, that this is not work being offered by me. It is work that I know of that is available.

No, it’s not blogging. It’s writing very dreary and boring pieces for places like e-how and so on.

Sarah, log in here.

http://www.demandstudios.com/

They also look for copy editors. But you do have to be writing/editing in American, not English.

@8…Ben, well, I’ve had a couple of being paid to blog jobs. There was one company silly enough to pay me $1,500 a month as a retainer for a minimum of three posts a month. Only lasted 11 months before they realised their mistake but fun while it lasted.

I think a more pressing discussion point is: why Nadine Dorries is better off out of politics and perhaps exiled in Chile.

13. Shatterface

There is a fear on both sides of the spectrum of ‘unearned pleasure’: if Tweeters aren’t actually making money for someone else it’s not considered a legitimate activity. We see the same treatment of drinkers or people who play videogames or teenagers who hang around street corners with their mates.

14. the a&e charge nurse

[11] careful Daniel – it wasn’t that long ago that Dorries feared for the mental health of her fellow MPs (in the wake of the expenses scandal).
According to Nad some were even on the brink of suicide, perhaps by drinking themselves to death in the members bar (while presumably chalking up their bill to entertainment allowances)?

Don’t forget Dorries became infamous for strongly arguing that MPs should be perfectly entitled to decorate their second homes at the expense of the tax payer (even though D-Cam suggested her dose of anti-psychotic should be doubled in the wake of these inane ramblings).
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5370316/MPs-expenses-David-Cameron-disowns-Nadine-Dorries-who-pleaded-for-sympathy.html

Obviously, standards of furniture, moat cleaner and so on are likely to be compromised quite significantly if the public has to fund an army of crafty scroungers who spend their time tweeting all day rather than looking for honest employment like the rest of us?

Nadine Dorries’ sins are legion; I wonder if she’ll be the first MP of this gvmt to get the boot? I predict a few sackings to continue the detoxification of the Tories when the cuts really start to bite…

Nothing the rich elite hate more than people having their say.

This is just another attempt to censor people up who the brownshirts don’t think are worthy of an opinion..

Here’s hoping Pill.

18. Just Visiting

Just a tangential thought – has anyone ever heard of any kind of journalistic experiment being done to find out how easy/hard it is to get yourself signed off work due to some kind of non-chemically-provable mental/psychiatric condition?

Nadine may have focused on just out_of work_people – but some online commentators say that it’s easy to get signed on for mental health issues. Not sure such commentators are talking from experience or have any evidence….. but some hard research would be nice.

Talking of getting signed off work when you shouldn’t…
I do have the (anecdotal type) evidence that doctors don’t 100% stick to the straight + narrow. A good friend of mine + very nice family guy is a GP: and he says it’s his policy to give working mothers a sick note for their work place, if there is no one else to stay at home and look after a sick child (which is why they visited the GP in the first place), and the mothers workplace would doc her salary or etc.

Mother not ill – but gets sick note!

I was amazed at his interventionism – but don’t doubt that he does it with the best of intentions… feels like lying to me..

“A good friend of mine + very nice family guy is a GP: and he says it’s his policy to give working mothers a sick note for their work place, if there is no one else to stay at home and look after a sick child (which is why they visited the GP in the first place), and the mothers workplace would doc her salary or etc.

Mother not ill – but gets sick note!”

Sounds like an excellent GP to me. Why should single parents suffer financial loss due to looking after a sick child and complete inadequate childcare provision? Consider the alternative of sick children being left at home because the parent cannot afford financial loss.

Amazing post , I really am trying how to make my site this topical !


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