Monday, November 8, 2010

I hearby defame Nadine Dorries

Nadine Dorries MP and her blog first came to my attention when Jack of Kent David Allen Green (new legal correspondant for New Statesman - well done!) re-tweeted this blog post from @Gaijinsan21:
Nadine Dorries is a Liar and Unfit to Hold Public Office

David Allen Green further explained in this blog post how Nadine Dorries is using her blog to mislead her constituents, citing the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards report as evidence.

He also said:
For example, she recently resorted to a blog post to raise implicit allegations of impropriety against a constituent who had been engaging with her on Twitter; and then, only last week, she made direct allegations of criminal activity against a critical blogger.

Today, Nadine Dorries has replied. Without linking to the New Statesman piece, she says:
For example, David Allen Green wrote a blog in last week’s New Statesman which was verbally aggressive and accused me personally of attacking a constituent via my own blog. He failed to mention that in an email from Kerry McCarthy MP, to Glen Owen, at the Mail on Sunday, said constituent was described as 'the local Labour party organiser' by Kerry and that on the local Labour party web site, she was also described as having been selected as a candidate. On the same web site (which the local Labour party have now removed, but we have the screen shot) she described herself as the web organiser for the Labour party in Bedfordshire.
Not quite the same thing as attacking a constituent is it?

Two things come to mind:

1) Firslty, she says nothing about the deceit in her blog. But then she can't, as she has admitted to it herself:
My blog is 70 per cent fiction and 30 per cent fact. It is written as a tool to enable my constituents to know me better and to reassure them of my commitment to Mid Bedfordshire. I rely heavily on poetic licence and frequently replace one place name/event/fact with another.
(Paragraph 81 of the report).

2) Does it really matter if someone is in a different political party? That's not grounds to make false allegations against someone, and, on top of this, I was under the impression the MP was there to represent their entire constituency, even those that voted against them.

She then finishes with a massive helping of irony:

And so to Katherine's blog, I would like to add another uniting, unique attribute on the left. They lie.

David Allen Green won a blogging award last year. For deliberately making such misleading statements on his blog, maybe he should consider handing it back?

To which, I have to echo David Allen Green's sentiments:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Nadine Dorries - you are a liar, and unfit to hold public office. You're also comedy gold.


  1. Nadine Dorries appears to think that a 'constituent' 'is defined as 'a constituent who voted for you' or in her case 'a conservative'.

    This is wrong. When elected you are there to serve all constituents, including those who voted against you and even those who campaign for the election of other candidates.

    I don't thnk she gets this.

  2. "I don't think she gets it" - think you've got it in one there George!


  3. Maybe I'm a bit thick, but I'm a bit lost on this Kerry person and the Mail on Sunday. Does this really only mean that said person she attacked is the Labour party candidate and therefore it's OK to attack them?

    Oh, and dear Nadine, how can a piece of writing be verbally aggressive? I'd love to see D.A.G.'s blog jump out of the computer and start talking to you!


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