The perplexing logic of Nadine Dorries

AFTER three and a half years of being an MP, Nadine Dorries is still finding the concept of consistency a bit tricky.

In March this year, she waged a disgraceful and unprincipled campaign against female Labour MPs, ostensibly because if their support for abortion, but in fact because Nadine thinks their small parliamentary majorities are vulnerable to the Tories.

On March 17 this year, Nadine wrote:

According to the Sunday Times, Dawn Primarolo MP, the Health Minister, will this week attempt to persuade MPs to retain the 24 week limit.

Now, why would a government Minister want to persuade MPs to vote against the will of the people?

Isn’t that why we, as MPs, are in Westminster, as representatives of the people? Isn’t that what democracy is about, accountability to the people?

If I were a government MP with a small majority, and the Tories leading in the polls, I would think very carefully about making sure I voted the way the majority of my constituents wanted. Maybe, on the day of the vote, I might just leave my arrogance at the entrance of the yes lobby; and cast a vote for decency and humanity, and not union funded political ideology.

Yet today, on her blog online diary (no comments allowed), she offers a frank and eloquent argument against the so-called “right to die”. Now, as it happens, I agree with Nadine on both points: her attempts to reduce the upper time limit for abortions to 20 weeks (even though she actually voted for amendments which would have reduced it to far lower) and her opposition to euthanasia.

But opinion polls – on which she relied heavily to make her nasty arguments against parliamentary colleagues back in March – consistently show majority support for the right to end one’s own life. Nadien said in March that “If I were a government MP with a small majority, and the Tories leading in the polls, I would think very carefully about making sure I voted the way the majority of my constituents wanted.”

That’s the danger of claiming public support for your own views and actions. When I voted in favour of 90 and then 42 days’ detention before charge of terrorist suspects, I did so knowing that the public largely agreed with me. But if they had not, that wouldn’t have prevented me from voting for something I believed to be right.

Nadine took the view in March that because the public supported the lowering of the abortion limit, every MP in the House should have reflected that in their vote, regardless of their personal convictions. Today, Nadine believes the views of the majority can be safely ignored.

Six months is a long time in politics when you live in NadineLand.

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6 responses to “The perplexing logic of Nadine Dorries

  1. MichaelFletcher

    This isn’t the kind of thing I expect from a balanced and unbiased political blog!

  2. Matt

    “In March this year, she waged a disgraceful and unprincipled campaign against female Labour MPs, ostensibly because if their support for abortion, but in fact because Nadine thinks their small parliamentary majorities are vulnerable to the Tories.”

    That’s a bit unfair. She does genuinely believe in the pro-life arguments and female lefties are generally the strongest pro-choicers (massive generalisation I know) so attacking them is not exactly unfair. On the other hand she is completely wrong about MPs merely being there to do whatever the majority of people in their constituencies want…. “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” Etc etc.

  3. It is not inconsistent for Nadine Dorries both to genuinely believe in the pro-life argument (although she claims to be a supporter of abortion rights in some circumstances) and to believe that it provides a good opportunity to attack women Labour MPs who might have seats which the Conservatives can win.

  4. Johnny Norfolk

    At least The Archbishop of Canterbury has not had a go at her. I see the even the leftie C of E has sussed The Brown Terror.

  5. Might I suggest that a better use of your time would be to draw Dawn Primarolo, Diane Abbott, etc., out of the darkness and into the light, instead of nitpicking about N.D. again?

  6. NorthernMonkey

    Quite right Tom. Dotty Dorries doesn’t really get this whole ‘being an MP’ thing does she?

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