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Nadine Dorries
In defence
Posted Tuesday, 12 May 2009 at 09:38

I don’t have time to do it now; however, I absolutely will be blogging in defence of hard working MPs. Hard working but wimpish.

 

The media are inciting the public to behave like a baying mob – much of the time on mis-information.

 

There is a MASSIVE difference between the minority of MPs who have used public money to personally profit and the majority who haven’t.

 

Back later...

 
 
 
witteringsfromwitney said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Careful ND how you handle this. Contrary to the views of Devils Kitchen I have 'a lot of time for you and your views', however please do not fall back on the 'within the rules' argument. I await to read with interest your post.
 
 
the last remaining rag merchant said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Just be certain that you are cleaner than clean, the public is in no mood to be fobbed off or patronised. A lot of these claims may be "within the rules", but they are certainly outside the spirit of them. When everyone else is having their belts tightened, MP fiddle their expenses, take large pay rises and golden pensions. Defending the indefensible - don't even try.
 
 
colin said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Nadine, you are a decent person and all that but if you don't understand our anger then it really is true that you are all totally out of touch. We don't need to be whipped into anger. We are angry!
 
 
Fix the system, and quick said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Do you really understand this? I would hope that with something of a commercial background you might have done so. There are lots of us in the real world who work b****y hard for most of the year (Recesses? If only). We probably spend a ton of time away from home (I do) that disrupts family life more than most MPs would ever realise. And yes, we claim expenses. But according to sensible rules that in no way do more than reimburse costs that we would otherwise not incur. And if we don't comply, "gross misconduct" and a P45 arrives faster than you can blink.
 
 
Deborah said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
I would suggest great care with that post. You seem to misunderstand the situation. The baying mob is very, very angry indeed for good reason. We know that all MPs are not the same and we also knew that some MPs were fiddling - but we are all deeply shocked by how many and how much. The scale is quite mind-blowing. The question you need to answer is why did those hardworking MPs - who must have known there was a racket going - just turn a blind eye?
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Maybe it is just a minority of MPs who have been misappropriating funds from the taxpayer, but the seniority of some of those MPs and the scale of the sums involved are truly shocking. It's no wonder that Westminster as a whole can hear the sound of a baying crowd. We've even had senior MPs blaming 'the system' as if they had no personal responsibility for the claims they had submitted. Most people now believe Westminster is rotten to the core. Recovering from that position will take a long time. It's no time to be protesting that most MPs are honest, dedicated, hardworking people who are in the job to serve the public and improve life in the UK. It's time, instead, for MPs collectively to show contrition and to start to rebuild the trust of the electorate.
 
 
Knut said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
The point is that not all MPs are in the trough, and it is frustrating and unfair on them to be linked to the ones who have been troughing. We have to save our ire for those who have been in the trough, while realising that there are honest MPs.
 
 
now is the time for honourable.... said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
I'm with the rest here. It's not just about 'fiddling' - it's about getting the taxpayer to cough up for things which the rest of us take for granted are normal expenditures which we have to pay for. In our case there is no one else we can bill it to. And when the MP signs off to say that it was necessary for the performance of his/her parliamentary duties....well, look at what some, indeed many, are claiming on that basis. We really don't care about "It's within the rules" or "it was approved" - we need more MP's to hold their hands up and say the rules are wrong if they lead to the taxpayer picking up the tab for wholly indefensible expenses - and the only clean way out is for lots of MPs to pay back lots of ££££s. And yes, we do work hard as well (of passing interest, but my alarm was for 04;45 this morning to enable me to catch a 06:55 flight) my pension pot is shrinking...I could go on.
 
 
Brian Tomkinson said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
You have been bursting to do this for some time and I am afraid that it will do you no good. Think about defending your own position when your details are published. You are coming across like so many of your colleagues as seeing all this as your entitlement. The greed of MPs is astonishing. You made the rules and tax treatment to your own benefit. Why do you think that you shouldn't be taxed the same way as everyone else and pay for things such as food the same as everyone else? The more you try and defend it the less credible you seem.
 
 
the last remaining rag merchant said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Have you spotted a recurring theme in all these replies. Do a Double-Gordon; say "sorry" and actually mean it.
 
 
Jason Danger said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Nadine I think you are an exceptional person and an excellent MP. Please do not defend the indefensible. I really think you have underestimated the anger out here in the real world. I am as true blue a Tory as there can be, I want to be a PPC, I attend conference and spring forum... however, I am going to vote UKIP next month as it is the only way I have of expressing my disgust with the system. My MP, although not named and shamed (yet) has been troughing it and I have had enough! Please dont do a Pickles!!!
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
It may be true that not all MPs are corrupt, but the ones who aren't were silent on what was going on. How many actually tried to do something to clean this up? And how many were too cowardly and conniving to do so? I'd simply like to see happen inside Westminster what happens out side it for fraudsters: saying sorry isn't enough, giving the money back isn't enough, but going to jail is.
 
 
Oxbridge Prat said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
The problem is not really the corruption (which however distasteful is pretty low level), but the clear sense that MPs are giving of living in an entirely different world from ordinary people. You have exempted yourselves from the rules you impose on us, and then wonder why we object. Read "The Triumph of the Political Class" if you want to know how you look from the outside: remote, out of touch, and entirely untrustworthy.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Ms Dorries, I think you need to acknowledge that many of your Westminster colleagues of varying parties have displayed a degree of avarice and a grasping nature that disgusts the electorate. Astonishingly,there seems to be NO concept of a duty to minimise the cost to the taxpayer. Rather the whole issue is "spending" up to the allowance. This spectacle of, on the whole, rather weird insecure, attention seeking people making money on expenses is viewed by your voters/employers as distasteful and unedifying.
 
 
 
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