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Nadine Dorries
Princess Harriet
Posted Saturday, 9 May 2009 at 13:07

I’m in the Cotswolds. Removed from the stench of Westminster and the pleasurable distractions of my constituency. I’m breathing in air which is free from political pollution, other than the odd whiff of horse manure.


I may be free from the distractions, but not from the work as I sit here and write a speech to be delivered on Monday during the reading of the Equality Bill.


Smart move by Harriet. The Bill could have been written by a union shop steward. I would imagine it’s fairly easy for her to announce that she has no eye on Gordon Brown’s job when she has that Bill tucked under her arm.


Drawing together nine major laws, the Bill is as loud and as comprehensive an appeal to the unions and Labour party members for the top job as you could possibly imagine. The only way in which Harriet could make her intentions clearer, would be to stand on the step of No 10 whilst stamping her foot and clenching her fists shouting at Gordon “I want your job!”


The most controversial element of the Bill will allow employers to take ‘positive action’ in order to guarantee that they hire more women and ethnic minority employees. Music to the ears of the left.


You have to hand it to the woman, she is one smart behind the scenes operator.


Business leaders have said that the Bill will be an unwelcome burden. Oh come on business, what’s up with you? Anyone would think you were in the midst of a recession and fighting to keep the jobs of the employees you already have. You should welcome this massive tome of bureaucracy, impending legislation and red tape. It’s just what you need from the Government during these difficult times. Isn’t it?


I cannot believe that as the Bank of England announce they are to pour another 50 billion into the economy in order help us through the third wave of financial crisis, as Iran moves another week nearer to being nuclear ready; in a week when more of my constituents lost their jobs than any other since I became the MP, that I have to sit here and write a speech about equality in the workplace.


This in itself highlights how out of touch the Labour party is with the events faced by people day to day, and by the close of business on Monday, when Harriet becomes the princess of the unions, Harriet’s true leadership intentions.

Matt said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
I bet Alan Johnson is worried.It does seem to be a very smart move.
Bertie Humbug said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Erin Pizzey, founder of the Women's Refuge Movement in the UK knows all about Harriet Harman. Check this : I hope all right minded blog readers are working to try and get this vile government out and to keep Harman and her ilk as far as possible from the potential to do even more damage.
David Weir said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
The Bill is all the more neccessary in times of economic crisis, as it is at these very times that employers are MORE likely to shirk their responsibilities and find easy excuses to discriminate.
Dave said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Request..... As you're in the Cotswolds 'relaxing' what would be fantastic is one of your nonpolitical, inspiring pieces to take us away from the doom and gloom for a few minutes.I can remember some of the great pieces you crafted such as meeting your daughter from University and when you returned to Liverpool and wrote about your dad's job in charge of the lift. Great words, Nadine at her best. If you're too busy, don't worry.......
Mike H said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
Dave - let the girl have her day off in peace!
Tim said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
I'm surprised that any of you have got the cheek to show your face in Westminster, let alone vote or speak on anything which affects the rest of us.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 9 May 2009
All MPs are disgusting rotten thieves. We hate you. Got it?
Dave said:
Responded: Sunday, 10 May 2009
Mike H--Unfortunately Nadine doesn't do 'days off' at least not many.I know I have no influence on what Nadine writes..... it was just my way of saying you are an outstanding MP who has had the extra pressure of all the Smeargate saga to deal with, notwithstanding all the usual pressures and stresses that naturally come with the job,notwithstanding having to deal with the ongoing incompetent shower who govern,notwithstanding having to put up with the completely unnecessary insults from Branston,Brown and Anderson and notwithstanding having to continually state that she has done nothing wrong because she is worried about what family and friends may think.... hey... chill out, write about something completely different and enjoyable. Surprised you didn't get that, Mike
ManicBeancounter said:
Responded: Sunday, 10 May 2009
In your position I would emphasise the following - For a quick recovery from this recession we need flexbility and adaptabilty. The cost of increased regulation is not in the immediate loss of jobs, but in the failure to create jobs. - With all the new regulations since 1997, we are likely to have a French or Italian style recovery - slow with little impact on unemployemt. This bill will on - Enabling positive discrimination may improve the statistics, but with unintended consequence of creating jobs that are zoned for women. Also, the more women are promoted to fill a notional quota, the more the ablest will be unable to move beyond that quota. For instance, you may get more women on the main boards (maybe in specially-created non-roles), but less women as CEO.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 10 May 2009
HARRIET, not HARRIETT. Seems this comment will never get through, Nadine. Why is this?
Ruth said:
Responded: Monday, 11 May 2009
As a woman, and as a member of an ethnic minority (although not obviously so)I feel this Bill is SO wrong. I don't agree with positive discrimination, all it does is to make onlookers reckon that a woman has got her job because of her race and/or gender rather than because of her ability & skill. I would like to think that any job I've ever held or ever will hold I had got because of being 'the best person for the job' NOT for being 'the best WOMAN for the job' or 'the best ******** for the job'
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