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Nadine Dorries
Shades of Evita……… and, going down?
Posted Friday, 11 May 2007 at 15:04

It hit me in a flash as I saw the photograph on the front page of this morning’s Times. As I gazed at the newspaper, my subconscious replaced the image of Tony Blair with a black and white, somewhere from the distant past, image of Evita.


I must have seen an old newsreel at sometime. I brought to the surface of my memory a moving image of Evita waving from a balcony to crowds below, and throwing them a kiss, just like Tony did to the British people yesterday.


It makes me ill to think that he may have been attempting to emulate this scene, no, surely not?


What he was obviously trying to do was highlight the difference between his parting and that of Margaret Thatcher. Doesn't work Tony. You only survived the September coup because you agreed that the October Conference would be your last. The whole world knows it would have been messy and unpleasant for you otherwise. At least Mrs Thatcher went without having begged for a compromise in order to stay just for one more year. has featured a great video on their site today 'Going down with Gordon Brown' is the grass roots web site which quite often does a better job of campaigning against the Labour party than the official party machine does!


You could be forgiven, due to the name, for thinking that has something to do with the Conservative party – it doesn’t. In fact, it can be a thorn in the party’s side much of the time. Tim, Sam, and, Andrew are answerable to no-one. They have obviously kicked around the idea of this video, got on, and made it.


Now, how long would that video have taken the established party to produce and how much would it have cost? Would it ever have got off the drawing board or would paralysis have been induced via analysis?


A great example of how so much more creative and cost effective something can be when not controlled from the centre.


I spent this morning having breakfast in Beds with a number of journalists. It’s tough sometimes my job. This morning’s gruelling work included tucking into a huge locally produced Bedfordshire breakfast at Marston Vale Community Forest. I wish every Friday were this difficult!


Don’t cry for me Great Britain – I’m off to earn millions.

Alison, Ampthill said:
Responded: Friday, 11 May 2007
That tune will be in my head all day now.
John said:
Responded: Friday, 11 May 2007
Normally I am one of the company of people who think the sun shines somewhere in the vicinity of THAT bruise you obtained last week on one of your escapades (hope it's healing by the way). Today is a rare exception.Aren't we MOPs gorging enough on Blair as it is with every bit of media force feeding us every morsel of the past ten years, day and night. Is it not enough that we will have a constant reminder, probably for our lifetime, that of Iraq. The media tell me Blair's real legacy is David Cameron.Blair has made me (and perhaps you) a property millionaire, at least on paper, so perhaps we both should be a smidgen bit grateful for that.Concentrate on the man who is blind in one eye, Nadine.I hope you noticed that partnership camera vehicle near to the Forest entrance otherwise your car will be starring in an expensive video! Are you blogging over the weekend?
Mike H said:
Responded: Friday, 11 May 2007
Grateful to Blair for being made a paper property millionaire? 'Fraid not. I'm not a millionaire anyway, (paper or otherwise) but let's face it, our current inflated property prices aren't real - especially not when mortgage lenders think it's OK for someone to borrow five times their earnings and the Governor of the Bank of England and the rest of the MPC are still treating inflation as if it didn't exist. Apart from leading folk to borrow far more than is healthy, inflated house prices only serve to line Gordon Brown's pockets with more of those nasty stealth taxes - stamp duty when you buy and inheritance tax when you die - the thresholds of neither having kept up with house price rises. Right now unless you plan to significantly downsize, move to Eastern Europe or live in a caravan, house prices are pretty meaningless unless you're one of the poor devils trying to become a first-time buyer. No, we all know what Blair's legacy is goung to be - Iraq, grossly ineffective micro-management by the state, and the worship of spin.
John said:
Responded: Friday, 11 May 2007
I was just making the point that the huge gains in value of the properties I own, is the ONLY thing I can be 'grateful' to Blair for.I was very fortunate a few years back and invested in properties. I am also fortunate in being able to make certain my children will not have the crippling burden of huge mortgages or debt. People critise the Conservatives for the double figure interest rates when they governed, but given the choice, I would rather pay those levels on the 20 grand mortgage I had at that time than the 5.5% on 150 grand people are having to pay now.
Katie said:
Responded: Friday, 11 May 2007
The Times, Nadine? I thought you were downgrading to The Sun today.
Nadine said:
Responded: Friday, 11 May 2007
I read them all Katie, comes with the turf. I'm away from the desk now - until the morning...
Mike H said:
Responded: Friday, 11 May 2007
John - I see where you're coming from, now. Apologies for getting hold of the wrong end of the stick. I have a bit of a personal aversion to debt and have grave concerns about the sustainability of the current personal debt and housing price levels in the UK.... As far as the Chancellor is concerned, I think 'prudence' (whoever she is) went out of the window several years ago.
Lost the plot said:
Responded: Saturday, 12 May 2007
Are yor remembering a scene from the film Evita starring Madonna? An excellent film may I say.
John said:
Responded: Saturday, 12 May 2007
Hi Mike (sorry if I'm ignoring you Nadine), I abhor being in debt unless it is absolutely necessary.In my younger days, my father left me to face the humiliation of having the baillifs round when the Revenue were chasing him. In those days it was a frightening experience. I swore that I would never allow myself to get in that position. I have only ever borrowed twice in my life, on both occassions to purchase property.Those debts were paid off long ago.I am, and have been debt free for several years.I find it more satisfying to pay for everything outright than be in debt.Unfortunately, to have a thriving economy our government deeply depend on the majority to be in heavy debt and rely on greed,jealousy and envy to thrive.When inflation starts moving up, you're to blame so you're penalised by increased interest rates and end up paying more.I would not be a star pupil in Mr. Brown's economy.
John said:
Responded: Saturday, 12 May 2007
Nadine, are you going to let us all down this weekend by being bloggless or are you still that wonderful gorgeous,kind, warmhearted, generous,thoughtful and considerate person I know you to be and give us all a bit of pleasure and write a few lines????????????????????????????
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