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Nadine Dorries
Cameron and a Mint Baileys
Posted Friday, 12 June 2009 at 12:21
 

On Wednesday night, I had supper with David Cameron and a few others. It was a very small private supper, and so I'm not going to blog who was there, or what was said, because it was more like a 'mates' night out than anything else.

 

I would be lying if I blogged that I've always liked David. It isn't that I have ever disliked him; however, when you are a product of a Liverpool council estate the last person you trust is someone who you  perceive to be privileged.

 

It comes from hundreds of years of suppression of the working classes, by those born to rule and all that stuff, which is in your DNA and totally impossible to remove. That, and the fact that in Liverpool, most babies can say, 'up the workers' before mama. I was no different.

 

There was one occasion in David's early leadership when I thought 'Ha! There you go, it's coming out now, that whole suppression thing'; but, I couldn't possibly have been more wrong.

 

Wednesday night was the very first time I have relaxed in his company, which is amazing , given that the location of the restaurant changed three times during the course of the day. I was beginning to wonder who I was having supper with, Coppola or Cameron? I was also telephoned as I arrived at the restaurant early, to check that the table was discreet. Good call. The table was right by the front door.

 

I knew the night class I had slipped in at Pickfords, during a particularly quiet point in my life, would come in useful one day.

 

The conversation and laughter flowed and I think we were all there much longer than we had anticipated. Throughout the evening, I just couldn't stop myself making comparisons.

 

David's humanity is stark in comparison to Gordon's robotic-ness. David is also humble to a point that surprises you, and it keeps surprising you, because you don't expect it; and then you realise that the man with the arrogance is Brown, and it has always been the case.

 

Arrogance is what we have become used to from the role of senior politician. If anyone is expecting that in the future from David, they may be disappointed.

 

How much he cares about individuals and situations also surprised me, and the fact that it's for real surprised me even more.

 

I then realised that he is the bearer of the new political age. The age, where in a politician's office, people matter as much as policy. Who you are and where you came from is nothing compared to what you can bring and will achieve. If as a child you played in a backyard in Liverpool, as I did, or on a country estate in the Shires, (that'll be him), it really doesn't matter.

 

It's what you do today that counts and the values you espouse here and now.

 

I also noticed how much David listened and asked our opinion; and more importantly, how much he took it on board.

 

Can you imagine Brown doing that? Asking the opinion of anyone other than himself? Can you imagine him questioning his own, and evaluating other points of view? It is a lack of arrogance which makes that quality possible. It's a quality essential in someone who needs and wants to take people with him.

 

And yet, there is a ruthlessness also. Apparent in the way he can evaluate every thread of information, come to a point of view and have the strength to carry through his decision,  if he knows it's what needs to be done. I would never make the mistake of underestimating him.

 

 The supper was good fun and we did laugh a lot and attracted a little bit of attention. I noticed how people leaving the restaurant smiled and nodded at David; and the friendly manner in which he acknowledged them and smiled back, even though he had never seen them before in his life. It was obvious that people liked seeing him laughing and enjoying himself.

 

Can you imagine people feeling like that about Brown?

 

The sheer energy and vibrancy David has to offer, coupled with his innate ability to connect and understand instinctively how people feel and think, and know what needs to be done, and have the courage to act decisively, will be like a tornado sweeping across the landscape of Parliamentary and constitutional reform. Amen to that.

 

Something changed for me on Wednesday night. The kid from the backyard in Liverpool (picture on top bar)  had crossed the divide created over generations of suspicion, to the place where she trusts the kid from the country estate. That's a big deal where I come from and takes some doing.

 

The night ended as it began, with laughter.

Can you imagine Brown even knowing what I was talking about, if I were sitting next to him and I said 'just when you thought life couldn't get any better, along comes a Mint Baileys.' ?

 

Exactly. And it was good to see him laugh because we all know that there must be times during his day, when David the man, trapped within the pages of his frantic diary, cries somewhere inside.

 
 
 
Otto said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
I feel as though I was there. No, I wish I was there :)
 
 
Aloicius said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Thank you for sharing this! I am a recent recruit to your blog and I like it a lot even when I do not agree with you (occasionally!).
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
I would have no hesitation ni adding the names of David and Samantha Cameron,and ,of course,Nadine Dorries ,to guests I would love to have at my dinner parties.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Nice story. Nice to know he is as nice as he comes across on the TV.
 
 
Tom Long said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Lucky girl. No wait, lucky man.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Gavin and Stacey, priceless!
 
 
Essex man said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
You did it again. Write a couple of lines that smack me in the face and make me cry. I wasn't sure about Cameron, you just can't quite tell if the guy is for real or not. This helps, a lot.
 
 
John Adams, Bedford said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Bloodyhell, the last para is very powerful. I suppose you are right. What he is doing is amazing when you think what he has been through. Hope his lovely wife is ok though.
 
 
Jon said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Can I imagine Gordon being charming and witty when he's not on TV or on youtube? Not really, but stranger things have happened. Assuming you've never been out for a night on the tiles with Gord (as he's known to his mates) your comparison with Dave (or David as it appears he is known to his mates) is really no more than prejudice.
 
 
Crossfire said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Jon - Have a day off mate.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
You're right about Gordon. I worked in the Treasury when he was Chancellor. Civil servants' presentations to him on policy issues would be carefully rehearsed. Any civil servant who said "Chancellor, I think you're wrong about that because ..." would never be invited to another presentation again.
 
 
oldrightie said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Excellent, I too, wish I was there! Forgive a plug but we think we have Jimmy (ergo James Gordon) and Mandy's relationship sussed. On my blog later this evening!
 
 
Andrew Allison said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
You have painted a wonderful picture in words. David Cameron was the reason I rejoined the Conservative Party. I did, though, have one nagging doubt him which has been answered by his handling of the expenses issue. I doubted he had the backbone to make difficult decisions. All doubts about him have gone now. He will make a fine prime minister.
 
 
Bob said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Reading this reminds me of a true British quality, the ability to have a laugh even when faced with gravity of the task in hand, whether it be out in the battlefield or the enormity of the task in trying sort the nation after recent years of neglect. I am heartened that this man is in our corner. For the first time I donated to a political party as a result of listening to Mr Cameron. I hope he doesn't let us down.
 
 
Ed the Shred said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
Great post Nadine. Sounds like a fun evening, wish I had been there. Do you have a sense of how David Cameron would operate under fire as it were? You know, him being the PM and having to deal with a crisis of some sort together with the conflicting demands etc. I think he will do just fine, maybe a few initial hesitant steps, but I would be most interested to hear what your opinion is. Either here in the comments, or maybe in a subsequent post.
 
 
David said:
Responded: Friday, 12 June 2009
I was so glad to hear you describe how you found David Cameron. I had always had him down as an elitist public school product. But your blog shows that he a very human person and someone I could relate to.
 
 
Lucy Lee said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
I am glad to read this. There were reports that Cameron was abandoning his troop during the crisis, I found this worrying. There was also a report of him being annoyed with you, thank goodness this was obviously untrue.
 
 
Johnny Norfolk said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
Mint Baileys, Ugh.
 
 
scousesocialist said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
It's a sad day when working-class people from Liverpool abandon their roots and side with the party that has suppresed them for all those years and opposed every single piece of progressive social and constitutional reform of the last century- NHS, minimum wage (both of which many Tories still long to scrap!), votes for women, reform of the House of Lords, devolution, votes for the working-classes, etc. The icing on the cake is of of course aligning with racists in the EU! Few people from your home city think like you- Shame on you nadine! Cameron will show his true class roots once in power and look after the wealthy and privileged, as Tory leaders have always done- it's in their DNA! Sounds like Cameron's schmooze is working a treat on some people!
 
 
Ron said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
As someone who has worked in Central Office back in the Smith Square days, and someone whose daughter's godparent is a highly known and respected Conservative today, I wish I could share your confidence. If this country were indisputably self-governing, and in as good condition economically as 1997, I would be content to vote for David Cameron as a Good Chap to continue the good work. However, we find ourselves on the brink of the abolition of our country to being merely an offshore province of a corrupt and unaccountable Europe, for use as a financial, fish stocks and oil reserves milch-cow until we are bled dry. The only response we get from "Call-Me-Dave" is to ban "Better-Off-Out" signatories from the Shadow Cabinet, elevate Bilderbergers like Ken Clarke to high office, enforce a shocking amount of weasel words over the Lisbon Treaty referendum from any official spokesmen, and ostracise the likes of Norman Tebbit who (unlike DC) has actually beaten Labour and won General Elections. If the Tories were led by someone with the intelligence and convictions of the likes of Dan Hannan or John Redwood I would vote for you all. However, I have now started voting UKIP and will continue to do so, even at the General Election. I can't wait for Marta Andreasen's first speech. What goes around, comes around, Kinnochio! Silly accusations of 'Letting in Labour by splitting the vote' are meaningless because there is actually no discernible difference between the end results of Zanu Labour and your Blue Labour. It's like giving a child the choice between going to bed at 7:10 or 7:15 - the result will still be the same. Anyway, my MP (Richard Ottaway) has such a huge projected majority that it could be split in half by UKIP and still not let anyone else in. It would do him good to get a wake-up call. Ideally, we would kick out the tiny and grossly unrepresentative Quisling Europhile elite from Central Office and the leadership - then have a Conservative-UKIP coalition for the next election. We'd lose a few tens of thousand conceited traitors and gain a few million patriots.
 
 
Carole said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
This is so well written that when you stop reading, you feel as though you were in the room, observing from a distance. Well done.
 
 
Sean O'Hare said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
"And yet, there is a ruthlessness also. Apparent in the way he can evaluate every thread of information, come to a point of view and have the strength to carry through his decision, if he knows it's what needs to be done. I would never make the mistake of underestimating him." This is the only paragraph I find a little hard to believe.
 
 
Rog T said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
This blog is truly amazing, as are the responses. Tory MP states that Tory Leader is nicer bloke than Labour leader !!!! All that is missing from the account is the bit where the wine ran out so David transformed a few gallons of water into the finest Chardonnay so the evening could end on a high note. Oh and you forgot to mention the bit where Gordon Brown was outside stealing the cheese sandwiches from the vagrants who'd just been handed them by the sally army
 
 
wonderfulforhisage said:
Responded: Saturday, 13 June 2009
Well said Ron. I too am a lapsed Tory because of the EU and now vote UKIP. David Cameron's strategy is the rebranding of the Tory party - which means being nice to everybody. The Tory party didn't need rebranding it's problem was that Blair was a brilliant conman and could have sold Tower Bridge to Boris if he'd put his mind to it. IMHO the Torys' current lead in the polls has little to do with rebranding and all to do with the mess NuLab have made of things - in other words Blair/Brown have been found out. Would that we Tories had a leader with courage and principles rather than a 'don't frighten the horses' nice man. There is a wonderful deion of a nice man (The Texan) in Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. 'The Texan turned out to be good natured, generous and likeable. In three days nobody could stand him. He sent shudders of annoyance scampering up ticklish spines, and everybody fled from him - everybody but the soldier in white who had no choice.' Incidently the soldier in white could easily be interpreted as symbolic of the 'modernised' Parliamentary Tories. See here: http://www.bookrags.com/wiki/Soldier_in_white
 
 
wonderfulforhisage said:
Responded: Sunday, 14 June 2009
Ms. Dorries, I've just seen Lady Thatcher interviewed by your friend Iain Dale. There is a rather amusing comment about David Cameron in it - "David Cameron is the sort of man who would call John the Baptist, Jack". You can see it all here: http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2009/06/interviewing-lady-thatcher.htm
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 14 June 2009
You looking for a job Nadine?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 14 June 2009
DC certainly has a punishing schedule poor guy.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Perhaps your view of Brown might change if you were to have a cosy supper with him
 
 
Tom Paine said:
Responded: Wednesday, 17 June 2009
The sad thing is that you are a Conservative; someone who should regard merit and effort as all that matters, yet you have regard to something as irrelevant as social class. Coming off a Liverpool council estate doesn't make you better or worse than anyone else. What you make of the chances you are given does that. David Cameron can't help what family he was born into, any more than you. I know of no reason for either of you to be ashamed (or proud) on that account. It's to his credit that, if he has class prejudices too, he conceals them far better. I don't mean to be unkind, but there's no future for Britain until we all recognise that trusting people because they come from the same background is primitive and tribal. Distrusting them because they don't is even worse. I guess this post is good politics, but the thinking behind it is a bit scary.
 
 
 
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