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Nadine Dorries
Road Kill
Posted Tuesday, 2 June 2009 at 13:10

I’m in Westminster. The ghosts of road kill fill the passages, whilst the remaining MPs stalk the corridors looking like extras from ‘The Village Of The Damned’.

I have just committed the mortal sin of laughing in the Members' Library. No one around here has done that for a while; and it took the librarian a second or two to realise what I was doing, before she cottoned on and frowned at me.

It was today's Independent that did it.  The political correspondent, Michael Savage, writes about how disgraced MPs will be able to hold on to some of their perks. Not having yet discovered any perks, I read on.

All MPs leaving Parliament at the next election will be given the option of keeping hold of a Common's pass, allowing them to mix freely with MPs and use Westminster's publicly subsidised facilities.

That did it for me, I cracked up. As an MP, mixing freely with other MPs is unfortunately often a big drawback of the job. To think that this is something I would wish to do willingly? And why would I spend £30 on a train ticket to trip into Westminster to buy a subsidised tuna sandwich?

Michael, if this is what you describe as ‘perks’ then you really need to think about a career change, your employer cannot be treating you well!

Over the last few weeks, I have kept every email, text and written down every telephone conversation. I find writing very cathartic.

One day, sometime in the future, I will write something reflective, and it won't make pretty reading for some.

James said:
Responded: Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Ooh, can't wait. Who's in the firing line?
James W said:
Responded: Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Two words - subsidised booze.
mark said:
Responded: Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Writing can be very cathartic, though that depends what/where/why one is writing of course. It can help to rationalise and make sense of the nonsensical, and can help us to reflect while putting the jigsaw pieces of our life back into some semblance of order, within the often dark complexities of our mind, and that's not counting the outside world and its unknown (at the time) effect upon us. That said, we are quite simple souls really. Give us food, shelter, something purposeful to occupy the mind, and we are fairly content, on the whole. So why DOES life seem so difficult sometimes..?
Rachel said:
Responded: Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Keep writing. I am reading Chris Mullin's diaries atm - v amusing..but am sure you could do better..LOL re the Tuna sandwich. As a Bedford dweller I can empathise that no-one would want to suffer the joys of Thameslink for that particular end result.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 2 June 2009
On reading the first paragraph I did not know whether to laugh or cry. Laugh because it is their own fault or cry because of what they have done to us during the past twelve years or so. Meanwhile, get that handbag ready. We will need you when this is over.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Andrew said:
Responded: Wednesday, 3 June 2009
"Not having yet discovered any perks, I read on. " What about the taxpayers funded flight you took whats that if not a perk?
Sarah said:
Responded: Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Actually Nadine, continued use of a Commons pass with access to sitting MPs would be incredibly useful for many companies with lobbying agendas, and so could well be the ticket to a lucrative non-executive role or lobbying position. So not such a lousy perk after all.
Jasmine said:
Responded: Wednesday, 3 June 2009
There is of course the not insubstantial amount of resettlement allowance - and what of the pension?
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