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Nadine Dorries
Doors to manual… and Toads
Posted Monday, 23 April 2007 at 10:30

Just about everyone and his dog has had his or her say regarding the Wills, Kate and Mrs Middleton fiasco, so I am sure you don’t mind if I pile in.

It really is all pretty straight forward. Did William’s friends behave in an appalling manner? Did they think Kate just wasn’t quite top drawer enough? Did they think her parents too middle class and therefore common? Did they whisper “doors to manual” when Kate arrived in the room because her mother had been an air stewardess? Of course they did; without doubt, because that unfortunately is the way some privileged, aristocratic, rich boys behave.

My eldest daughter wanted to board for sixth form. She was desperate to attend a particular, very top drawer boarding school. It was a school which hadn’t taken girls up until that point. She was accepted, and was amongst the first girls’ intake.

This infuriated the boys. To say that they took the arrival of girls at the school badly would be an understatement. In her first week, when walking up a flight of stairs, a boy came down the other side and spat at her. He was the son of a Northern European Prince. He was a living breathing specimen of a warped aristocrat,  totally out of touch with the real world and over privileged.

Class division is as bad in this country now as it has ever been. I would even go as far as to say it has become considerably worse during the last ten years.

When Labour took control in ’97 and then proceeded to ban Foxhunting, it had a galvanizing effect. The toffs stirred from their slumber and thought that they had better do something to protect their privileged way of life.

Quite right too. To ban fox hunting was the most ridiculous mis-guided attack on privilege. Any attack on privilege is misguided, as would be an attack on the poor, and besides, as we all know, foxhunting is the sport of many lovers of country fields sports from all backgrounds.

 Doing something, however, included making sure that Wills didn’t dilute the Royal blood line with a no mark middle classer, simply not on, what?

It’s not just some of the boys, the girls are as bad.

Michael Howard had a really unfortunate particularly rude specimen working for him during his time as party leader. She was especially good at organising stag hunting weekends, but not very much else, sadly. Conversing with someone who hadn’t attended public school presented her with a real challenge, one she never quite mastered, along with make up, clothes that fitted, and how to use a hairbrush.

Very unlike Michael who is such a genuinely modest kind person.

Iain Duncan-Smith had one also; she turned out to be a witch in disguise. I kid you not!

The reign of the Conservative party Cruella de-Villes appears to be over.

Thank goodness David Cameron seems to have broken the party leaders curse and has made a point of employing nice ordinary people in his office.
Influenced I have no doubt by the likes of his wife Sam and  Ed Vaizey, who is as normal and ‘in touch’ as you can get, despite his privileged background. He is influenced no doubt by his very attractive and ordinary wife who strikes me as someone who would tolerate toff nonsense for about a nano second.

Privilege comes with responsibilities, a little bit like freedom. The majority carry it well with dignity, style and character. They use their privilege to good effect, often in a philanthropic manner; Nicholas Soames instantly springs to mind. You will meet no-one nicer than someone who recognises and acknowledges fully that they have been born to privilege and all that entails.

The boys at my daughter’s school became different people after two years of being subjected to girls. The boy, who originally spat, began to open doors for her.

When she became house tea towel and plant monitor, the boys, (many of whom were a joy to know and good manners personified) sneaked into the house in the middle of the night and stole all the tea towels and moved the plants to a different part of the school. My eldest is small and dainty, with long blonde hair and big blue eyes; a very dippy academic. She spent hours pondering, what had happened? What had happened was, apparently, a sign of acceptance.

The boys began to wear deodorant (I must admit it came as a shock to me to discover that there were still males in this day and age who thought it acceptable to NOT wear deodorant!) and the school began to smell better, in more ways than one.

When the privileged mix and breed, only with the privileged, something very nasty occurs. What happened with Wills and his friends was a manifestation of insecurity, of knowing nothing about anything other than what exists within their own inner circle. When presented with the world at large, i.e. the other 97% of the population, their reaction tends to be, to spit. Literally, or with words – enter doors to manual.

The saddest part of the whole Kate/Wills fiasco is that Kate ever thought it could come to anything. Was she so naive? Did no-one think to say to her it’s never going to happen?

The doors to manual story doesn’t have the high impact devastation factor that not flying the flag at Buckingham Palace had when Diana died, however, I think the ultimate effect will be worse. The realisation that some of the privileged 3% hold the rest of us in such contempt and disdain will slowly sink in and erode what residual goodwill is left for the Royal family following Diana’s death.

Speaking as a monarchist, the Royal family are suddenly beginning to look very old fashioned and over privileged in an unacceptable way. When the Queen and Charles are gone what are we left with. It would appear a Prince who hangs out with Brazilian tarts in a night club and shouts I’m free, let’s drink the menu.

I have no problem with a Prince going through the rites of passage any twenty something boy has to go through. This one could do with picking his friends slightly more carefully , and learn a little humility. I don’t think his mother, the woman who could talk to and empathise with anyone, would have been very proud of him last week.

I suppose the moral of the story is never kiss a Prince, because you never know, he may turn into a complete toad.

Sweeper said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Cor blimey, Nadine,is no one spared the wrath of your tongue today? Did Queenie miss you out on her 81'st birthday celebrations? Luckily for me I know my place. It's at the bottom of the pile, so I look up to everyone.
Danish Ham said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
You wrote: 'as we all know, foxhunting is the sport of many lovers of country fields sports from all backgrounds.' I just hope you are being heavily sarcastic here. I for one don't know this to be a fact. Surely 'as we all know' foxhunting is barbaric, unnecessary and plain cruel. The moneyed elite getting their kicks- terrorising wildlife.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Who were the women in the offices then?
Sally said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
I wonder who poured the sour milk over your cornflakes this morning, and Dame Nadine was sounding quite plausible.
Jane said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Yes Sally, it would have been an Honour well deserved by hard work and merit and not simply handed down. I guess Nadine will just have to settle for 'nice ordinary' Mrs. like the rest of us
MikeC said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Spot on, and very in tune with what your leader is saying today. There is no excuse for rudeness. We would live in a much better society if everyone was polite to each other.Once again Nadine you cut through the rubbish and get straight to the point.
Sam said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Nadine, you amaze me. I hope David Cameron even knows you exist because I am afraid I don't have your confidence. if he is so 'in touch' why has he surrounded himself with his ex public school cronies. He is like William. The outer world scares him, far better to mix and work with his PLU's (people like us). The ordinary people in his office are window dressing so that people like you will say "wow" what a nice guy. I had you down as a really astute woman, I'm being mean here, I still do. Don't be taken in, we need people like you to represent those of us who feel the Conservatives no longer have anything to do with ordinary people and has been taken over once again by the 'toffs'.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
I have complete sympathy with Kate Middleton in the circumstances. However, I think your argument is rather one-sided. Having gone to a public school myself, I can say that those who regarded us as 'privilaged' behaved in a far more snobbish way than any public schoolgirl/boy I've ever met- whether it was shouting abuse at us in the street or attacking my classmates (literally) at the bus stop for being 'posh' and 'rich' (usually untrue- rather, we had parents who bankrupted themselves to give us the best start in life). I never saw any such activity being carried out in the reverse. In my experience (and I have friends from all walks of life), those who go to public schools are usually better brought up, better mannered and more respectful than those from your average inner-city comprehensive.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
This is the difficulty Nadine. You're spot on but no matter how hard they might try, neither David Cameron, his wife nor Ed Vaizey can possibily identify with or empathise with the problems of ordinary hard working people. That's why they need more 'normal' people working with them and in the House of Commons in general. People like you!!
Tina said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
So Anon, Are you saying then that the way Wills friends behave is acceptable in the circumstances? The way some people behave on inner city housing estates is deplorable, as is the way they treat each other. Shouldn't Will's friends have known better. Don't we expect better from a future King?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
you have proven that you aren't a woman of the people and new face of conserative party but a typical priveleged tory toff. how disappointing.
Stan said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
'Anonymous' have you even bothered to read Nadine's blog today? Her comments are as far away as you can get from a' typical privileged tory toff' - maybe its you whose the prejudiced one.....
Dave said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
If Nadine is a 'tory toff' why does she frequent Tescos and not Fortnam and Mason? or 'arrods? Did you know that the R4 programe 'Today' is 50 this year?
Hyacinth Bucket said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
"When presented with the world at large, i.e. the other 97% of the population, their reaction tends to be, to spit. Literally, or with words – enter doors to manual." This is utter, utter tripe. Accusing Prince William of saying those things, without any proof, is beneath contempt. And in a subsequent post no doubt you will be dissing Harry for being a chav and mixing with the riff-raff. Sanctimonious, rude, inaccurate and hypocritical tosh from a woman who can't deal with the fact that she is from the 'wrong side of the tracks'.
Glenda Slagg said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Well, this is a well balanced article, Nadine, as you appear to have a chip on both your shoulders..
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Go on, admit it, this is just because you were always panicking that your fellow BUPA directors were whispering 'Nursee!' behind their hands when you came into the room. Chill out, babe, and as they say in the States - 'Get over it!'...
Spell Checker said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Anon - "Having gone to a public school myself, I can say that those who regarded us as 'privilaged' behaved in a far more snobbish way than any public schoolgirl/boy I've ever met.." I suspect your parents rather think their money was wasted if you cannot even spell 'privileged'...
Thomas said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
The majority of people think just as you do Nadine. That's your strength, you have the ability to say what we think, write it down, and thousands of people read it. That is how you influence public opinion, that is why so many of us would give our right arm to be an MP.
judge for yourself said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Nadine I read your blog daily and enjoy it but only today have I felt compelled to comment. I went to public school and after University attended Sandhurst and then on to commission in an infantry battalion. I believe what we are seeing here is actually not the normal William but the influence of Sandhurst environment and the junior officer's mess. I was engaged to my now wife whilst at Sandhurst (secretly because you weren't allowed to be engaged then without seeking permission of the Commandant, this was in 1990 and no I'm not kidding!) and both at Sandhurst and when I joined my regiment there was a LOT of pressure to both put the Army first, we had war time commitments in Iraq in the first Gulf War, and your fellow junior officers in the mess. it was important to join them in 'officer like pursuits' which for young subalterns involved a lareg amount of alcohol and and male bonding. There were a number of times when my Adjutant suggested that being engaged was hindering my career. This was in a 'good infnatry regiment' but not a very posh one. This, and the seperation of me bing posted overseas, put a lot of strain on our relationship. We came very close to splitting up but fortuantley pulled through and have been very happily married ever since, I left the Army a year after we got married which helped! I hope for both of their sakes that they have made the right decison but there is certainly part of me that thinks William might regret this in a couple of years time.
St George said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
I don't normally comment, however, this has to be one of the best blogs around. On the days you don't blog I feel a bit miffed.I couldn't agree mote with all you have said today. I read all the papers last week and felt frustrated that there was no commentary quite hitting the mark, they all seemed a bit soft. Until this morning, kerpow! You go girl, say it as it is.
Nadine said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Thanks everyone. Hyacinth Bucket, you make my point beautifully there! Glenda, you can have this one, milder than usual. Sweeper, no wrath, just fact. Sally, give me a break! Tina, you'r right, we do. Dave, what can I say? Judge for yourself, many thanks, interesting perspective.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Come on then... who were they?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Just make sure you buy The Guardian tomorrow..
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 23 April 2007
Oh dear.. the NuLab sad spies out again. I suppose Nadine what they are trying to do is stop you blogging, we don't need Guardian readers to vote for us anyway do we!
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Dear Anonymous, how can you say/how do you know that I cannot "possibly identify with or empathise with the problems of ordinary hard working people"? Mrs Vaizey
Trolley Doily (and proud of it) said:
Responded: Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Kate's travel update Doors To Manual Ladies and Gentlemen we have landed at Paparazzi Airport where the local time is midnight and the temperature 100 degrees. On behalf of the Captain I would like to apologise for any discomfort you may have experienced whilst we where flying through Cloud Cuckoo Land. Please dis-embark using the forward exit, ensure you have all you hand luggage with you and that you have not left anything underneath your seat or in the overhead locker. (Ensure you retain all your precious memories and retain your integrity) Please have your passport ready for inspection (Please note your visa for the House of Windsor has expired) We hope you have enjoyed your flight and on behalf of Captain Public and the crew we would like to thank you for flying WillHeir and wish you a very safe onward journey.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 26 April 2007
I would just like to say there are far greater issues you should be concentrating on! the elderly for one who if they cannot reach their food & drink in hospital or eat/drink it themselves its taken away! this can lead to dehydration which can & has in a few cases caused the death of the patient!. The food itself has hardly any nutrional value! this is happening in hospitals across the uk. Prince William should be allowed to enjoy himself its the 10th anniversary of his mothers death this year and unless you have lost a parent at his young age (i have) you have no idea what he is going through. But more importantly concentrate on political issues!
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