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Nadine Dorries
Stolen Goods
Posted Friday, 8 May 2009 at 13:17

I’m still in the Commons. Sleep would be good after my overnight trip on the Caledonian Sleeper, which is a misnomer, it doesn’t sleep.

It jerks and jolts and squeals and stops what appears to be every few hundred yards, sleep it does not.

 

I have just said goodbye to Alameda school from Ampthill, in my constituency. They have been on a commons visit. The education department offered to find another MP to stand in for me, but I said no.

 

Apparently the education dept lady watched question time last night and was more than a little alarmed to realise I was still in Dunfermline at 11pm and meeting a school in Westminster this morning. The Caledonian sleeper may not sleep, but it is reliable and does get you into Euston for 7am.

 

Talk here is obviously the Telegraph and cabinet expenses story, however, I can’t help making one small observation – surely the Telegraph is in possession of stolen goods?

 
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
The Police are already on to it :)
 
 
Grumpy Old Man said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
In the public interest, Dear Lady. Coming all over sanctimonious when the true extent of Parliamentary troughing is being revealed is arguably NOT a politically astute move. In fact, Harriets' Court of Public Opinion has strong views about Who has stolen What from Whom. I suggest that the people involved deserve a Public vote of Thanks and a High Tea with Her Majesty. I might start a petition. :)
 
 
Amanda said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
I rather think the 'court of public opinion' will see that it is MP's who are in posession of 'stolen goods'. The Telegraph only exposed what was being covered up ie in July there would have been no details to show the extent of taxpayer fraud!! Personally profiting from taxpayers, whilst taxing, fining and above all stealing our pensions, savings and shares - too name but three things - is surely the crime here!!! The Tories might be the same for all we know, but at least you haven't bankrupted the country and theived our pensions. I'd make hay on that if I were you - whilst saying sorry for misdoings and coming up with policies to change things.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Surely it would be a straightforward investigation to find who in the fees office has connections with media handlers?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
If we expect honesty from our MPs then we should expect it from everyone. It's not good enough to say it's ok for the Telegraph to pay for stolen goods in order to expose another wrong doing. No, I'm afraid that's not good enough at all.
 
 
Paul Halsall said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Nadine, I almost never agree with you (except on abortion), but I was saddened, as an insomniac, by you sleeplessness. It's odd, in Spain you can but Zopiclone or Zolpidem over the counter. Here Nytol (or generic "sleep aid/diphenhyrdamide") will work for train journeys.
 
 
don said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Ms Dorries, I think you will find what really concerns the electorate is not the fact that the telegraph is in possession of stolen goods, it is the fact that it has taken over three years to get the details released via the courts. To add further insult to injury the authorities have dragged this out even further by allowing individual MP's to redact their own expenses presumably in the hope that it would make them less damaging. If you had released the details 12 months ago as instructed by the courts whatever damage is to come would already have been dealt with. So in conclusion I could care less that information I am entitled by law to see has been released via a stolen disk
 
 
HF said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Nadine you are wrong to view it as theft. i am a great admi9rer of you but you seem to have been sucked into the Westminster village. These expenses are money provided by the tax payers not you. We have the right to know how you and other MPs spend our money. At present a lot of it is for dubious purposes. It stinks. I suggest that you get on the right side of the public.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Anyone who has a copy of the Telegraph today is also in posession of stolen goods.
 
 
TJR said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Oh, well, if it's stolen goods then the content is irrelevant entirely. I really don't care what gems are contained within. The identity of Jack the Ripper, the location of Osama bin Laden, a missing gospel from the Bible. If it's stolen goods, I'm just not interested.
 
 
Brian Tomkinson said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
You were obviously suffering from sleep depravation if your only comment was aimed at attacking the messenger not the message. What are you worried about? As MPs often say to the rest of us "if you have nothing to hide...."
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
There may technically be a case to answer, but what would be the benefit in pursuing it? It wouldn't have the support of the majority of the public. Trust in politicians has gone. The only way to start to rebuild it is to bring complete transparency to this whole issue of expenses. In order to start that process, we need full disclosure of all the sordid details of past claims. If the worst offenders are so disgraced that resignation or desel ection by their local party is the only option, then so be it. Let publication go ahead and don't pursue a witch-hunt over the source of the leak. It will be better in the long run if politicians allow the purging of this messy business to run its course.
 
 
Chris Paul said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
PS The "fee handlers office" lead is clearly cover for someone in IT or a sneak thief or Derek Draper's hacker ...
 
 
Chingford Man said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Well done in Dunfermline, Nadine, especially for socking it to that SNP muppet. The way to sleep on a Sleeper is to take 2 Nytol tablets half an hour before bedtime. You should then get an OK night, although the jerk from the Carstairs carriage coupling would wake up the dead. As for the data theft, no one cares and the thief has done us a good turn as your pig-swilling amigos would have suppressed the best bits. Most people view MPs (your fragrant self and the Carswells/Hollobones excluded) as greedy thieving bastards who should be scared every time they dro p the soap in the prison showers.
 
 
HRH Prince of Wales said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
If it were not for Mr Oliver Cromwell non of this apalling behaviour would be happening.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
As MPs are claiming public money the public are entitled to know what they are paying for. So no, it isn't "stolen goods". Some of the claims sound fraudulent, however, do they not?
 
 
Catosays said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Since this information comes in the form of words, then I'd love to know what the Act of Parliament is that deals with word theft. Sorry Nadine, it won't wash. The taxpayers are entitled to know the details of your expenses. Don't forget that the 646 are our servants...not our masters.
 
 
Jen said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
The hostility to Conservatives in Scotland is staggering. I think you'll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of Westminster who doesn't applaud the whistle-blower. Brown can expect fireworks from the public if the whistle-blower is charged while the likes of Jackboot Smith, McNulty, Hain, Harperson and all the other thieving MPs get off without one. You'll not be seeing the back of this one until the public sees that justice has been done. I don't expect that to happen until after the general election.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
Surely the theft of information from an email is just as bad as this as well???
 
 
Julian Boulter said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
At least the Telegraph has not stolen from my earnings. How many MPs can honestly say that?
 
 
Jose M Spinoza said:
Responded: Friday, 8 May 2009
A few weeks ago, when in Rome, I was talking to a academic friend at the University. We were talking about the present, total lack of integrity in British Politicians. He told me that more than 500 British MP's are millionaires, and some are billionaires. Yet they still claim all their salary and all their expenses with impunity. Is it not time to examine the MP's personal wealth, and to investigate how they have come by this money. If they have nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear. It seems that you are a millionaire Mrs Dorries. How have you done that on an MP's salary. Would you care to deny that? It is indeed a paradox, that I was able to find this information in Rome but not in the UK. There is a moral "Coup" in the air
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
The world waits for Phil Woolas to demonstrate just how he 'personally & exclusively' uses the tampons & nappies he claimed for.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Stolen goods??? What about your Ms Moran and her use of public money to do up her seaside house - are you saying that taxpayers should not be aware of this information?
 
 
Adrian said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
the Telegraph may be in posession of a stolen bits of worthless paper yet whose content is priceless and in the public interest. Shooting the messenger springs to mind and you had my support in your actions until this comment. Those emails about you were stolen too remember....
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
I don't know why people are getting so worked up about these expenses. They are just another example of the greed which modern society feeds on.Who can honestly claim they would not do it given the same opportunities? Not many I bet. Hypocrites, one and all. Question for Nadine:You stated you were moving to a new blog in April is this it???? {won't hold my breath for an answer} Oh..and how did the trip in the Hawk go?
 
 
Elizabeth said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Sorry Nadine but the person who leaked this information has the moral high ground and no jury of his/her peers would convict. It's time for change - big style!
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Hi Dave, Hawk flight on May 18th, new blog ready to go just as soon as I find five to check !
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Who has the Telegraph stolen from? Didn't the MP's give receipts to the taxpayers in return for taking our money. Why aren't taxpayers then allowed to see these?
 
 
actuary21c said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Sorry, Nadine, you have my support with regard to smeargate, but you lose it if you start complaining about the messenger rather than the message when it comes to most MPs' appalling double standards about their expense claims!
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
What a fantastic birthday present that experience will be!Enjoy! Looking forward to new blogsite.
 
 
Barry Lynch said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Stolen goods? You've entirely missed the point Nadine. Fortunately the electorate has not.
 
 
Adrian said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Addendum "Theft Act defines theft as denying the rightful owner of the possession of their goods" Now making a copy of a computer disk or a copy of paper does neither. The items have no copyright, so where is the theft?
 
 
 
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