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Nadine Dorries
Letter
Posted Monday, 13 April 2009 at 18:21

I’m writing this with my hand-written letter of apology from the Prime Minister, in front of me.

 

I keep reading it.

 

It arrived with a copy of the letter the PM has written to the Cabinet Minister,  Gus O'Donnell, asking him to revise the Code of Conduct for special advisers.

 

That letter is type written.

 

Of course, there is nothing wrong with the existing code, however, claiming it was the ‘code’ which allowed the events of the last few days to take place does provide the PM with greater distance. It also provides the loop-hole by which to claim an apology was necessary.

 

Kind of, “not me gov. If the code had been clearer the special adviser wouldn’t have messed up. It was the code wot did it”.

 

The more I read the letter the more I realise I’m looking at spin on paper.

 

This letter is about saving Tom Watson’s skin.

 

Tonight, John Prescott has called for Draper to be sacked.

 

The Prime Minister has few people he can trust; Watson is reportedly one of them. Watson is also a great facilitator. The go between people like Draper, McBride and the PM and MPs. All seeing, all hearing.

 

If Watson went one could assume it would be a huge personal blow to the Prime Minister, as he will have lost his right and left hand men in the space of days.

 

The Prime Minister can state he didn’t know what was happening and we can choose whether or not to believe him. However, who would believe that the Cabinet Minister, Tom Watson, whose desk was right next door to Damian McBride’s, and who was I have been told, mentioned in the emails, didn’t know?

 

I think the heat in the kitchen may have been getting a bit hot for Tom Watson. A compulsive blogger and twitterer, he’s not been heard of or seen for days.

 

Something is afoot. I have no idea what but my female intuition tells me that this is a story which isn’t going to go away and could be running for a few days yet.

 
 
 
Patrick Vernai said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Nadine, I wish you all the best with your legal proceedings. It's about time Gordon was exposed for being the meddler that he is. He portrays himself as being above slandering, leaks and smears but nothing could be further from the truth. Youre a great example to everyone that you can be beautiful, feminine, intelligent, classy and yet be from humble beginnings and succeed in politics. You put Smith and Harman to shame. Patrick Vernai
 
 
tom dexter said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Keep up the brilliant work Nadine
 
 
Patrick Donohoe said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Nadine, you are loving every minute of your oh so terrible Easter. What a gift this is for you to peddle your anti- Brown rubbish. Your mock distress is sickening and so false it is embarrassing. At least Patrick Vernai gets off on it! A first name is all that we share though as I find you deeply worrying. How can you be part of that Cornerstone Group? It's full of old-school misogynists who would have you "in the kitchen where you belong old dear" They say you know people by the company they keep,oh dear oh dear!
 
 
Alice said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Dear Nadine, I very much admire you and what you have stood for in Parliament. I think you are conducting yourself with great grace in this really appalling smear business and we are thinking of you. Please go forward with your libel action.This latest Brown "apology " is disgraceful. Respectfully Alice
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Dear Nadine, Hi. I've been following your tribulations since well before they began. From what you write it's clear your female intuition has kicked in - and (you'll be pleased to know) it's spot-on target. You need to appraise yourself of "statement analysis" - a science of human behaviour used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to detect both the telling of lies and the concealment of lies. Digest, slowly, at least twice: http://www.griffithsonline.co.za/newsletter/nov2002/lie.htm You'll find that some of your questions are answered. Very best wishes, A Friend
 
 
Bob said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
So, the current code of conduct doesn't prevent this kind of behaviour. Is he trying to say it was within the rules? Where have we heard that before? Do they really need rules to make them behave decently? If so, they should not be running the country (or should that be ruining). Is there any way you can force an election?
 
 
Jess The Dog said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
I'm sorry for the hassle you've had to put up with - I hope your learned friends can extract some sort of redress. Politics can be rough sometimes, but this appears to be a straightforward and blatant attempt to concoct a libellous smear....straight from Downing Street. They've been caught bang to rights. This sort of behaviour goes back to Blair-Campbell...if they lied us into a war, they'll lie us into anything. I was wondering why McBride (McPoison) would be so stupid as to use a No 10 email address to cobble together his little plot. It seems a little clearer now. This approach and atmosphere is endemic in Brown's Downing Street and McPoison was perhaps careless rather than stupid. I wonder how many other emails are out there....they are public property if they are on a No 10 server, unless FOI exemptions apply. This won't bring down Brown on its own but it will be another hole beneath the waterline - a big one at that.
 
 
The Grim Reaper said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Well Nadine, you may not have received the letter yet, but I've managed to get a copy of it. Nothing's safe from the legion of bloggers and conspirators these days. I shall publish it for you in full. Dear Nadine Dorries MP, It has come to my attention that in January, my former spin doctor Damian McBride sent out a series of e-mails with vicious and completely untrue rumours concerning yourself. I would like to tell you that I am going to make sure you get the real help now that you need, hence why Mr McBride is no longer working for the government. However, it might be worth considering that this problem actually has nothing whatsoever to do with me. My technical team informs me that, when I'm not throwing mobile phones at walls, that the emails from Downing Street are sent via American servers. Therefore, this problem began in America, hence why I do not need to apologise for anything. It is not my fault. I am getting on with the job of getting us out of this recession, which also began in America, and of helping out hard-working families by giving them real help now. The very help that do-nothing Tories like you would deny to the people. Thank you for reading this letter, I hope you are satisfied with its contents. Yours sincerely, Gordon Brown.
 
 
kevin said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Hi Nadine, I do hope you go through with the legal proceedings, and bring those other responsible to hand, and also get Gorden brown to say that word, he for some reason can not bear to say `Sorry`.
 
 
Brian E. said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
When I worked for my living, I was fully responsible for the staff who reported to me, and I made sure that I knew what they were up to. They in turn were responsible in turn for their staff. This is standard business practice. Gordon Brown appointed both Watson and McBride and they both reported to him personally. He believes in micro-management and I find it impossible to believe that he had no idea of what they were up to. And if he doesn't know what his staff are doing, how can he possibly know what is happening in the rest of the country?
 
 
Lola said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Any chance of posting a scanned copy 'The Letter' on your site somewhere? And very well done. I wish you were my MP.
 
 
Mr C said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Nadine, first up, well done riding out the stress and drama and sticking it to 'em. Looks like the enemy is retreating in disarray. Second up, forget the legal business. There's no need to 'clear your name' as noone believes a word of Brown and his chancers. All suing them would bring to you is more stress, cost, delay etc to no real purpose. You've won already and others are joining in the rout! The skids are well under Brown's sleazy crew at Downing St thanks to your resolve and refusal to be intimated. As for this revised code business, Brown is cynically trying to avoid enforcing the current code as that would draw into public scrutiny the conduct of Watson, the Minister and politician nominally responsible for McBride's conduct. That would render untenable the NuLab's spin about the scandal merely involving the misdeeds of some hitherto unknown civil service official. Watson has serious questions to answer as I know you appreciate. Well done again!
 
 
John Page said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Not lies, then - Brown's letter calls them "unsubstantiated claims". That implies they could be true, they just couldn't be stood up. This despite McPoison himself having acknowledged some poetic licence! A commenter at The Times' Red Box points out that McBride had already broken the code (this was clear on WATO). Given his nickname of McPoison, it's obvious everyone knew that fine and well. Brown's disclaimer of ministerial involvement is also narrowly drawn ... "I am assured that no Minister ... had any knowledge of or involvement in these private emails that are the subject of current discussion". No disclaimer about the rumour-mongering itself, notice, just about the emails. So it's a reasonable assumption that Watson's paws are somewhere to be found in this. Now plenty of political journalists have some interesting body-swerving to do. They know what stories they were fed by McPoison - presumably some they used and some they didn't. They need to find a way of laying out a trail of stories he started (or tried to start). Then it will become clear just how implausible Brown's attempt to distance himself from McPoison is. Boris blazes the trail in Tuesday's Telegraph.
 
 
M Sharpe said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
This was posted by Euphranor on the Guardians CiF site I'm reminded of Macaulay's account of Robert Ferguson (The Plotter) in the regn of Charles II: He belonged to the class whose office it is to render in troubled times to exasperated parties those services from which honest men shrink in disgust and prudent men in fear, the class of fanatical knaves. Violent, malignant, regardless of truth, insensible to shame, insatiable of notoriety, delighting in intrigue, in tumult, in mischief for its own sake, he toiled during many years in the darkest mines of faction. He lived among libellers and false witnesses. He was the keeper of a secret purse from which agents too vile to be acknowledged received hire, and the director of a secret press whence pamphlets, bearing no name, were daily issued. I hope you nail the slimey swine to the wall.
 
 
Tracy said:
Responded: Tuesday, 14 April 2009
How can Patrick Donohue be so mean? I know you're in real distress and your Easter has been ruined. I know you'd much rather be working for your constituents. Nadine, you MUST keep going. This is a real chance to get rid of Brown for once and for all.. He hasn't apologised, he is still spinning faster than a ballerina, and it looks like Tom Watson will be let off the hook because of the letter of "regret". You have so much support. Carry on with what you know is right. We're all with you to the bitter end.
 
 
Cinna said:
Responded: Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Patrick Donohoe said: "They say you know people by the company they keep,oh dear oh dear!" Well indeed they do Patrick. Shall we list a few of the names that your friend Gordon keeps company with? I think we would need to include McBride, Watson, Whelan and Draper in that list. I doubt that there is a more unsavoury bunch still at large.
 
 
Marie said:
Responded: Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Nadine can I just say how much I admire the way you've handled this whole thing. You keep gunning for them !! They disgust me !
 
 
Richard said:
Responded: Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Good luck Nadine. A shame that Gordon is incapable of apologising, and thinks this is one, but hope the final result has made for a good Easter, to make up somewhat for the previous upset. Hope you get satisfaction politically and legally.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 16 April 2009
Well done Nadine for keeping this going when it could so easily have died away and been overtaken in the news. That Patrick Donohue really is mean and I see he has gone away now thank God and St George!
 
 
 
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