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.
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.