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Nadine Dorries
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Posted Monday, 20 April 2009 at 11:14

 I may not always see eye to eye with Bruce Anderson when it comes to his view of female MPs in the Conservative Party.

However, Bruce knows that I have the utmost respect for his experience and intellect. I also have the sneakiest feeling that he was not wholly begrudging of my recent response to some of his comments; and in his own way admires people who will ‘stand up to the plate’ when defending their view and principle.

Bruce’s article  in today's Independent, in which he writes about MPs' expenses, is typical of his own brand of pragmatism.

Along with a recent article  in the Times by Alice Miles, both are journalists who deal more with the grit and substance of the issue, than a cheap, no effort, quick-fix, sensational headline.

Prior to Smeargate, I was about to write an article in which I was going to attempt to explain fully how the expenses system works in reality; and make a case for the 630+ MPs, who work their socks off on behalf of their constituencies, and have every right, having been scrutinised and elected by their constituents, to serve without the demoralising, depressing accusations which follow us everywhere.

I shall resume that task today.

Smeargate isn’t over. I am reassured that The News of The World knows who the real perpetrators are and will keep on working.

Back to the Commons this morning. My Easter consisted of:

24 lovely hours with my mum and various journalists, cameramen etc - and a night out with the girls.

 
 
 
Ben Watson said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
looking forward to your attempt to explain away what a waste of tax payers money all 630 MPs are. You are all corruptliars.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Is that a BlackBerry in your hand? Hardly relaxing?
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
I should stick to Smeargate if I were you. It's going to be easier to prove to the public that No. 10 is a nest of vipers than it is to show all MPs' expenses are justified. Sorry your Easter was cut short but what break you did have was spent with one of the most precious persons in your life.
 
 
Johnny B said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Why do Ben Watson bother? And I have sobered up now, just read my silly post last night (hangs head in shame!)
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Posted on politicalbetting.com Politics Tracker on Politics Home has “Smeargate” as the seventh most important story of last week after ones about Boyle, Ripa, Green and Freud. So impact so far on General public and polls may be relatively small until a really important “scalp” is claimed.
 
 
Phil Hoare said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Take care Nadine with your justification of MP's expenses. You've worked in the real world and should know that that there are plenty of folk out here working their socks off. At the same time their expenses and allowances are heavily scrutinised by HMRC and their pensions and savings are being destroyed by HM Government. Her Majesy's loyal opposition do not appear to be doing very much to help at present. Whilst I'm sure that your own financial arrangements are perfectly in order, I don't think you are going to get much sympathy for a defence of the actions of some of your paliamentary colleagues in their manipulation of a totally unsuitable system. Sorry you missed most of the Easter break, but last time it happened to me I was solving problems on the other side of the world and didn't get to spend time with any of my family.
 
 
A. Nobody said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Another demoralising,depressing accusation on the main online edition of the Mail:MP's award themselves 3 month summer break. Quoting Frank Field: "Week after week, MPs have been turning up but with no serious work to do. The whole exercise is vacuous" That is obviously beyond the control of backbenchers as the workload was reduced to concentrate on the economic situation. And before you get on your high horse, yes I agree most MPs work hard (even during their 'holidays')especially your goodself, but so do many,many other sectors in our society and without the benefits MPs enjoy.You're public figures and therefore are automatically criticised. You should be used to it by now.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
I think any defence of the expenses system will fall on deaf ears as far as Joe Public is concerned. Politics and politicians as a breed are held so low in the public's esteem that no defence, however well intended and argued, will have any credibility whatsoever. People have to first get back to a position where they have *some* respect for politicians and the democratic process. Until that happens they'll not be prepared to listen to anything concerning MP's remuneration, whether that be salaries or expenses. Disgraced politicians used to resign and permanently disappear from the political landscape. These days they either stay in their post or, if they do resign, are soon back on the scene as if nothing had happened. There's apparently no honour, no integrity, no personal standards to be found in politics. The situation is made for worse by the 'Westminster Bubble' effect, in which those making critical decisions about the future of the country and our society seem to be disconnected from the realities of Britain in 2009. All politicians need to address that before trying to change the public's view of issues like MP's expenses and salaries. If you do write about it, you'll be on a hiding to nothing. And, no, I'm not questioning your dedication or personal integrity. But there are so many instances of MPs 'troughing' at the taxpayer's expense that you are all, unfortunately, tarnished.
 
 
BrianSJ said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
If you could explain why the laws you make for me to follow are not good enough for you, that would be welcome.
 
 
Catosabout said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Nadine, I am a great fan of yours but on the expenses issue, you're on a loser. In my previous employment, every last penny of my expenses was scrutinsied. No receipts...no money. Why should you be different from every other working man in this country? Would that I could persuade HMRC to allow me the expenses which you seem to claim as of right. When you address that, you might rise in the public's estimation.
 
 
Brian tomkinson said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Your recent popularity will take a nose dive when you try to justify the unjustifiable.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
Why don't I ever walk into your pub?
 
 
David Nettleton said:
Responded: Monday, 20 April 2009
The prerequisite for restoring confidence in MP's pay is that it should be determined by a Standing Committee appointed by the House and consist of 9 or so members, none of whom has an allegience to any political party. The Committee should be drawn from different social groups, be spread across the nation, and have a background of public service. Most importantly, none of the Committee should be connected to the Westminster village.
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Thursday, 23 April 2009
EEEEEEE by gum lass wish I knew which pub you used in Lytham I'd buy you a drink.
 
 
 
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