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Nadine Dorries
Tainted Lies
Posted Saturday, 2 May 2009 at 17:53

I have just arrived home from the dedication of a stained glass window at Harlington church.


The window is in memory of the late Rev Ivor Clemitson MP, the former Labour MP for Luton East, and depicted, amongst other things, the church of St Margaret’s in Westminster, Westminster Palace and Big Ben.

 I will scan a picture of the window in on Tuesday.


I read one of Ivor’s favourite New Testament readings.

Most of us use the NIV bible these days, however, Ivor’s favourite was the King James, and I have to say that I felt as though I was reading poetry.


I read from St Paul’s letter to the Philippians 4 1-9.

Here is a small excerpt to show you what I mean.


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


Isn’t that beautiful?


Today was the first time I had to stand in front of a large audience since Smeargate. I had no idea how much of an ordeal it would be. I almost felt unworthy to be stood in church reading at such an occasion even though every word which had been written about me in the email was a pure lie from beginning to end. I felt as though everyone was thinking the old ‘no smoke without fire thought’.


Some of the ladies were lovely when I went into the Parish Hall afterwards for tea, but I even found that tough and pathetically, couldn’t go in without Kelvin (Hopkins MP) to hold onto.


I realised today that I may feel tainted for some considerable time and whilst stood in church,  I thought hateful thoughts about the people who made me feel this way.

Frank said:
Responded: Saturday, 2 May 2009
This is meant a complement: you are the blogger who most often brings me to the edge of tears.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 2 May 2009
Dear Nadine I have no idea what was written about you, and most people have no idea. The fact that Damian McBride alleged this thing (whatever it was) is all the more reason to ignore it. The people who know you and love you, are aware that you have done nothing wrong. So, what is the problem? Once you become a public figure, tittle-tattle and gossip are part of the job. If Mr McBride suggested some sort of sexual impropriety, then he was silly; because these days, who cares? He is the one that has lost out, not you. He has been exposed in the media as a fraud and a liar, and without integrity. If nobody believes him, and no decent person does, then what is all the fuss about. Mr Brown and significant others are well removed from any involvement in this unkindness. Why not let it go!.
Ollie Cromwell said:
Responded: Saturday, 2 May 2009
Nadine, here is a full and proper apology from Gordon Brown, I hope you enjoy it.
Voyager said:
Responded: Saturday, 2 May 2009
The AV is the most poetic form of the Bible using as it does Tyndale's verse and much of Martin Luther's prose - surprising when you compare the two texts. I don't find the modern translations very uplifting because language is debased in modern versions and meanings perverted
Mike H said:
Responded: Saturday, 2 May 2009
I'm afraid that these days I'm more likely to be found in the Church of Richard Dawkins rather than any other - but I vividly remember that passage from school assembly. Along with The Prayer of St Francis, it was a favourite of our Headmaster. I couldn't quite recite it from memory, but was close. I'm with Anonymous on the subject of Smeargate. The absence of truth in the allegations (whatever they were) means there is no reason to feel 'tainted'. It must be unpleasant, but isn't this unfortunately just part of public life? Let it go.
Brian E. said:
Responded: Saturday, 2 May 2009
You only ever need to worry about what your family and your real friends think about you; and if they are honest, they will tell you to your face! I doubt if very many people in this country know what was alleged, and of those who do, I doubt very much if many would even care. I'm glad that you read from the King James Bible, I can't stand any of the new versions which always seem so trite. Try to forgive your enemies; I know it is hard, indeed at times virtually impossible as I have found on many occasions; but there is to much hate in this world already for us to add even more.
D. said:
Responded: Saturday, 2 May 2009
people who think 'there's no smoke without fire' are usually the ill-informed sheeple.. and I reckon Nadine you should not waste any time on their musings-if these musings exist at all stay strong D.
BOF2BS said:
Responded: Sunday, 3 May 2009
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." King James version of the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1. And possibly
Peter said:
Responded: Sunday, 3 May 2009
My advice would be this: McBride was a tit who did wrong and paid the price. Matter over. If I asked my dad who is Nadine Dorries, despite the fact he has followed politics for 70 years, he would probably have no idea. Take that as a good thing. McBride and Brown are the names in that story. Not you, or even DC or GO.
Margaret said:
Responded: Sunday, 3 May 2009
Nadine, I am a relative newcomer to your blog and so have never commented before. like others have said I have no idea of what was in the emails beyond what I have seen in the main stream press. I am sure that it can't be easy, but if you carry on worrying about whether some people are thinking along the "no smoke without fire" lines then Damien McBride's emails will be doing what they were always intended to do, undermine you and the Conservative cause in general. Nobody decent, and they are the only people who matter, believe any of it.
Chingford Man said:
Responded: Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Until I read this, I didn’t appreciate just how devastating all this malicious crud can be. But remember, Nadine, smears only work when they come from the shadows and aren’t identifiable as what they are. Your feelings have been hurt by Fat Boy’s poison but I bet your reputation hasn’t been damaged at all. He only attacked you because you are a threat to him and his kind. So don’t beat yourself up over it. Besides you have a libel case to win. Go get 'em, girl.
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