But this kind of criticism is just that, and no more. Except, to at least one MP, it cannot be accepted as just that: step forward Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries, who has taken the shouting of “stalker” at persistent critics to such heights that she has now told the media she has been “stalked” for seven years. Her only problem is that the Police and CPS have concluded otherwise.
There’s more. “But one local man who has received help from her has written to Bedfordshire on Sunday claiming: ‘I am the envy of people throughout the land because I am fortunate enough to have such a determined and supportive MP who is not afraid to speak her mind instead of ignoring certain issues. God bless you Nadine!’ That is at least one satisfied customer”. She has a problem with this?
McSmith has mentioned her. He mentions lots of other politicians: is he “stalking” all of them? Ms Dorries mentions lots of politicians: is she “stalking” all of them? Well, no and no. What she is really alluding to is that McSmith recently asserted, in the case of her “stalked for seven years” claim that “The harsh truth is that Dorries is not an entirely reliable witness”, which is neither excessive, nor defamatory.