Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Nadine Dorries MP: burning her boats in style

What are we to make of the manner in which Nadine Dorries MP chose to express her low opinion of the Prime Minister and Chancellor? “Two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition, and no passion to want to understand the lives of others - and that is their real crime.” Words that many a Labour backbencher may have thought were just too strong to use about their two most prominent opponents on the Government side. But Nadine Dorries is a member of the Conservatives, the same party as David Cameron and George Osborne.

Clearly she feels she has nothing to lose. No hope of holding office, a seat under threat from the Boundary Commission and increasingly slim chances of finding another, and a presumed sense of lingering resentment at the PM’s “frustrated” slap down of her many weeks previously. And no doubt a touch of joy at the publicity, especially with UKIP on the prowl for possible defectors. She might be too eccentric for her own good. But you’ve got to admire her for it.

Did I ever entertain the idea that Alex Harris, the solicitor fighting the battles at the heart of Hatred Ridicule & Contempt, might refer to his firm’s managing partner and marketing partner in similar terms? Perhaps briefly, even though there is a world of difference between playing the man rather than the ball. But if I had ever wanted an MP character for the book, I am sure that Nadine would have fitted the bill rather than the legions of lobby fodder elsewhere on the Commons benches.

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