Governments are adept at sneaking out bad news during holiday periods: the information on those no-deal Brexit ferry arrangements was one such nugget which was only released once the Tories thought everyone would be in the Rub-A-Dub, becoming Elephant’s Trunk and Mozart. So one cannot blame our elected representatives for trying a little of the same themselves. Except that one back bench MP failed to avoid being rumbled.
In the run-up to Christmas, Mid-Bedfordshire’s Tory MP (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries told her followers that she would be taking a break from Twitter. But few expected the representative for mid-Narnia to actually quit the platform altogether. But this morning brought the news that this was indeed what she had done: “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist” is all that happens when an attempt is made to access the fragrant Nadine’s feed.
No longer - unless and until she decides to reactivate her account - will the unfortunate denizens of Twitter be subjected to the pearls of wisdom emanating from the “Chairwoman, Mum to 2 westies, 3 princesses, 10 novels”, the claims that she is a best-selling author, and the hypocrisy of “posh boys who don’t know the price of a pint of milk”, while fawning over Bozza, an, er, posh boy who doesn’t know the price of a pint of milk.
No more reading “The Prime Minister calls me ‘Naydeen.’ The only other person I know who does that, is my mum. She put on a sterling performance last night. Impressive and you could only be filled with respect for someone who in the face of adversity, did that. #ChuckChequers … Actually, I should say, the PM my mum and everyone from Liverpool”. Just the odd half a million people, then.
No more reading “This now deleted tweet, sadly says so much about the broader attitude of the London centric remain campaigners - their attitude towards and regard for all those who support” in response to someone who pointed out that she was wrong (again). No sense of self-awareness (she’s as London centric as anyone in politics).
No more having her clumsily reveal “Sam, this story is really utter, total, 100% rubbish. I don’t know who has told you that, I can only think it’s someone on the payroll but it definitely was not an ERG member as was just confirmed at our meeting. We don’t know who half the names are!!” Letting the world know that the European Reform Group is such a shower that they don’t know who’s put their no confidence letters in.
No more having her denounce journalists as trolls: “Incredibly sad that desperate remain supporters and even respected journalists like @gavinesler choose to misrepresent my words and jump on the troll bandwagon”. No more seeing an elected representative resort to abuse because her intellect does not enable her to engage in informed debate.
As to why Ms Dorries has quit Twitter, that will be the subject of endless speculation. It has been put to me that she may have taken the drastic action to stop people seeing something damaging. But at least she’s gone. Thankfully.
And hopefully she won’t come back. Just rejoice at that news.
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