The Huffington Post UK has, via its much maligned Political Editor Mehdi Hasan, secured an in-depth interview with (yes, it’s her again) Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries. From what has already appeared of the encounter, it is clear that not only was the meeting more beneficial for the HuffPo than its interviewee, but also that the fragrant Nadine may not be entirely in sync with reality.
Don't youse diss me, aright?!?
The comment that jumps straight off the page is this “Nobody wrongs me and doesn’t pay for it”. There, in a nutshell, is the central problem confronting both Ms Dorries and those who seek to report on her activities. Criticism – inevitable for an elected representative paid out of the public purse – very quickly becomes “wrongs” in Nadine World (tm). And that can lead to most inadvisable behaviour.
Particularly when the company kept by Ms Dorries includes the rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, and especially her little helper, the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole. Here is her passport to arranging payback for all those around the blogosphere who dared to do other than praise her, and a group – which extends well beyond the Fawkes blog – who are prepared to spin for her.
Mehdi Hasan kits himself out for a friendly chat with Nadine
However – and there has to be a significant however where the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his pals are concerned – to enlist their help is to join with those trusted by a mere 4% of the population, and a group of those of particularly low standards and absent principles. Put more directly, an MP hitching her wagon to The Great Guido is asking for trouble, and may in due course find some.
And that is before those occasionally strange views: Ms Dorries effectively admits she was one of 14 MPs who wrote to the chairman of the 1922 Committee calling for Young Dave to go. Her preferred replacement, London’s occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, is not even an MP. She would replace the current Chancellor of the Exchequer with Michael “Oiky” Gove.
Why this last is because one of her flights of vindictiveness is directed at the Rt Hon Gideon George Oliver Osborne, heir to the Seventeenth Baronet, master of internal Tory Party machinations and suspected serial ticket blagger extraordinaire. Osborne, she declares, “is a pernicious influence on the economy, on our political strategy, on our campaigning, on David Cameron personally and on the Number 10 operation”.
Cameron would be so different without that influence, she argues, although she has already made her mind up that he has to go. There will be, in her world, a leadership contest before 2015. But she appears not to be aware that Bozza is unlikely to garner any more votes outside the South East, and in some parts of the country – like the one where she grew up – he is most likely to lose them.
But that’s the reality according to Nadine Dorries. No change there, then.