Saturday, May 23, 2009

Nadine Dorries MP, Ex-Blogger?

Nadine Dorries the Tory MP has had her blog taken down overnight. Apparently her less than well thought out remarks on the Barclay Brothers having some kind of agenda against British politics has caught up with her. As I said yesterday her new media profile could back fire on her, and it has. I read her blog last evening before I went to bed and I have to say it made pretty dire reading. Having read it occasionally I didn't think it was that well written and having watched her on Question Time a couple of weeks ago my immediate reaction was, thinks she's smarter than she is. She is/was clearly in a bit of a spin over all the Telegraph's coverage and she announced on her blog that she is going on holiday. I think she needs one. I bet David Cameron thinks likewise.

There's a short article by Ms Dorries in the Indy, it does not reflect well on her. She calls what is happening to MPs, "torture" – a very poor choice of words. She also complains that MPs should be paid what they are worth; I think a lot of us feel that too. I get offered some small amounts to write some books, I accept it and get on with it, or I don't and I don't. I'm not complaining, it's the way things are. She's been in the House for 4 years and already she's a fully paid up member of the club.


Paul Halsall said...

No worries about the Telegraph lawyers closing down an MP's blog then?

Richard Havers said...


Until I hear the precise reasons behind it then I've not got much to say on it. Did the lawyers ask for the whole blog to be taken down or just specific posts? No one seems quite sure. Was there any other pressure on her about her blog? For example did Conservative Central Office suggest the blog take a holiday?

My post was about Ms Dorries increasingly strange media position, rather than the rights and wrongs of the legal issues on blogging and libel.