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Nadine Dorries
Ethical Politics?
Posted Thursday, 23 April 2009 at 11:48

I have been surprised; maybe I shouldn’t have been, at the warmth and kindness shown to me by some Labour MPs and Ministers.


I have received a handwritten letters from MPs and former Ministers and one very high ranking Cabinet Minister came over to me when sat with a group of Conservative MPs to apologise in a way which was obviously heartfelt.


Each Labour MP who has spoken to me has had their own story to tell and some have been a complete revelation.


For example, the story of Robin Cook.


Does anyone remember Robin Cook’s ‘Ethical Foreign Policy’?


A very senior Labour MP told me the story of how No 10 and No 11 were very unhappy with that for two reasons. The first was that it out-shone what the two respective power bases were embarking upon and the second was that they didn’t want Government policy saddled with anything which was ethical.


Fast forward to the story of the day Robin was at the Airport with his wife, about to embark upon a two week holiday. Remember the phone call he received from Alistair Campbell in which he was told that the press knew about his other relationship and that he was to return to number 10, where he would be given full support.


The (very) senior Labour MP who spoke to me told me that before Robin left for the airport he had told No 10 that he was about to take a holiday with his wife to see if they could sort things out.


It was allegedly, apparently, so I was informed, No 10 who informed the press. No 10 who then called Robin back and No 10 who stood by him if he dropped his Ethical Foreign Policy.


I have been told of half a dozen other similar stories. All of which are about trashing rising stars or potential competition for the top spots. All about making sure everyone in the PLP knows their place and doesn’t step out of it.


All about a frightening level of control.


Thank goodness I am a member of a party which appreciates and encourages intellectual debate and discourse; which relishes the opportunity to take an idea apart and which supports its own, as I discovered yesterday as I was lifted to my feet by the cheers of my colleagues.

Bordeax Binger said:
Responded: Thursday, 23 April 2009
It is said that politics is a dirty business but the present incompetent administration is taking it to new and more extreme depths
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 23 April 2009
Any chance you could do a link to your moment of glory for those of us unfortunates who missed it.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 23 April 2009
How public spirited of you to manage to turn the genuine sympathy of Labour politicians into political point-scoring.
deborah said:
Responded: Thursday, 23 April 2009
Sadly, your final paragraph does not apply throughout the Party - there is at least one pocket, at District Council level, which uses similar tactics to this govt.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 24 April 2009
Oh dear, do you think you are improving politics by passing on hearsay and gossip.
Peter said:
Responded: Friday, 24 April 2009
I've got a story about Robin Cook. His body wasn't even cold and the Cabinet minister I worked for at the time was joiking in a ministerial car about suitable songs we could play given Robin was dead! However, I liked my minister and will never reveal any more than that!
ManicBeancounter said:
Responded: Saturday, 25 April 2009
It seems to be increasingly clear the price that Labour has paid in the 1980s and 1990s to become electable. To rid themselves of the entryist Hard Left, anyone with an alternative vision was kept in their place. Seems that one element of the hard left that was not got rid of was the manipulation of reality to fit the agenda of those in power. The threats and the smears are similar to(although a much diluted version of) what was found behind the Iron Curtain. Along with refusing to debate uncomfortable issues (e.g. ) and diversionary tactics. (For instance getting the press to discuss the Act of Settlement, instead of the PMs embarrassing South American tour).
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 25 April 2009
i agree that one's personal life is irrelevent to one's public performance and am sympathetic to your own situation. however(you knew this was coming), i am astounded at your party implying that these unsavoury incidents are in some way unique to the present administration. whilst they have been in power a long time, some of us can remember the equally malicious and tawdry spin of the major and thatcher govts. my point? in keeping this "story" in the press for so long the tory party are as guilty as labour of diminishing the standards of political debate. and you all wonder why the public have no respect for politicians.
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