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Nadine Dorries
Mad or Sad?
Posted Tuesday, 28 April 2009 at 13:54

I once wrote a blog entitled Hysteria-ectomy. It is a universal truth that when a man who is inadequate, in a number of areas, meets a woman who achieves, his first line of attack is to describe her as 'mad'. It has ever been thus.

You can bet your life it wasn't a woman who named the operation, which removed that which makes women unique, a Hysterectomy, linking the womb to hysteria. No, that will definitely have been a man.

The left wing Mayor of Bedford frequently refers to me as 'Mad Nad'. Something which I am not and is incorrect.
Now if I were to describe him as overweight, sweaty, unpleasant, shrill and politically opportune, I would be entirely correct; however, I choose not to operate at his level and simply always refer to him as 'Mayor'.

Apparently, Kevin Maguire described me as mad on the Sky paper review last night. During the 80s, Kevin, during his days as the labour (as in work) correspondent for the Telegraph, and mine as a businesswoman, was the very first journalist to interview me. He certainly didn't think I was mad when he frequently telephone-chased me for information to pad out his column.

In my experience, I would say that if you ever see or hear a man calling a woman 'mad', take a closer look.

If his failings are not obvious and external, then I'm afraid there will be only one conclusion to reach.

As an act of kindness, may I suggest you whisper in his ear that there are tablets available for such problems these days, and maybe it's he who needs to visit a doctor.

Mark said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Ouch! I have to admit though, I would be sore if people kept referring to me as mad. You are right also that it is terminology usually used by men.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
I have never heard the mayor say a nice word about you. He really loathes you, which must mean you are doing a good job.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Simon Heffer wrote in his column a few days ago that all women MPs must be mad- but only in the context of having to work at Westminister and put up with what happens there. As for The Mayor of Bedford (I've heard him referred to as 'Pickles') he once ran a newspaper so perhaps it's in their blood to describe what they clearly do not understand as mad. I bet it was a man who first referred to a lady as 'madam'? Possibly French?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Just to make sure that logic is observered: it might equally be true that a man who is adequate in many areas meets a woman who achieves but is mad, describes her as "mad". Finding a man who calls a woman mad is not evidence that he is inadequate, nor is it evidence that she is sane. In fact it is evidence of nothing. I'm afraid the same is true of your "universal truth". If you don't like being called mad, just say that. Indulging in "he only calls me mad because I'm so clever", comes across as schoolyardish at best, deeply insecure at worst.
Frank said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
I don't know you and I don't agree with everything you say, but I know you are not mad and that you are a on the right side; keep up the good work.
Brian E. said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
When I read the title, I thought you were referring to Harriet Harman!
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Iain Dale has the 'names' of 60 mad people in his latest doubt you'll be pleased to know yours isn't on it :-)
RichardB said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
At the risk of sounding like a language nerd, your comment on the origin of hysteria isn't quite correct. The word comes from the Greek 'hystera', or womb. Madness was thought to come from disturbances to the womb. No doubt a man was behind this (by this definition, no men could ever be mad), but not quite in the way you suggest. Proof that this is an old wives' tale is that Gordon Brown doesn't have a womb (I assume) and yet is as barmy as a box of frogs.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Yes, but I bet you are a man anon and have never been called mad. I am afraid to say that almost every woman woh works in a mans world will know what that is like. If she doesn't, it's only because it's being said behind hands and she hasn't a clue what's being said about her.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Don't be so sensitive Nadine. You are sharp (dare I say too much so sometimes?) witty, clever and beautiful. Give the poor guys a break. They are just trying to be the hunters and you are confusing them. Problem is, you need to meet your match my dear.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Your deion of the Bedford mayor is mostly correct. You said,"overweight, sweaty, unpleasant, shrill and politically opportune." He is in fact, overweight, sweaty, unpleasant, shrill and politically inept!
Dave said:
Responded: Wednesday, 29 April 2009
As one of your constituents, I was deeply concerned that prominent members of our society refer to you as 'mad'. To confirm my long held suspicions that you are indeed the opposite could you please answer no to the following questions: 1) Do you have a tendency to spend,spend,spend even though you have no money to pay? 2) Do you think you have saved the world? 3) Do you throw mobiles at walls or swipe gadgets off tables? 4) Do you employ persons who write vile about those whose point of view you disagree with? 5)Do you keep repeating,in public, set phrases such as "it's the right thing to do" 6) Do you find yourself pulling strange grimaces when facing the camera? 7) Can you say the word sorry taking less than five days? 8) Do you employ quangos,enqiries,advisors,pay them tens of millions of pounds of other peoples's money and then ignore their advice? 9)When things get too much and you just want to get away for peace and tranquility- do you visit Iraq and Afghanistan..i.e war zones? 10)Do you think everyone is against you? If you answer yes, then I suggest you seek help. I know a nice man....he's called Derek...says he's a qualified p....... :-)
Tony said:
Responded: Wednesday, 29 April 2009
I do hope you will attend PMQ's today. From the order paper, I see that the first two questioners at PMQs are Bill Cash and Sir Michael Spicer. Could be interesting.
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