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One of my favourite pastimes is finding reasons to dislike Nadine Dorries. Luckily for me, the woman never fails to give me ammunition: so you can imagine my glee this morning at finding out she has been slagging Cameron and Osborne off to the Beeb. Now, don’t get me wrong, I find both of them to be despicable, slimy creatures and almost agree with what Dorries said (SHOCK! HORROR!) but let’s be real, Nadine, should you really be taking jabs at your party leader like that in such a public way?
Let’s take a step back and look at the situation and what it really means. Forget that we are talking about the Conservatives, forget that the topic of this interview was Cameron and Osborne; hell, forget that the interviewee is an insane, right-wing, anti-feminist, anti-abortionist who would like to see women’s rights controlled by the state. For the sake of objectivity, let’s call the governing party the Nutters, and refer to Cameron, Osborne, and Dorries as X, Y, and Z, respectively.
For any large party which is in and out of power, to look (and actually be) united is vital. You cannot expect the electorate to want to vote for you if you can’t keep your party, your MPs and your supporters together. For a leader to make it to Number 10, he or she needs support, first and foremost, from his or her party. For an MP to criticise the leader of their party whilst out of government is bad. For an MP to do so while said leader is also the leader of the country, the representative of the UK on an international platform, the face of this country during tough economic or political climes, is disastrous. Yet Z has criticised the leader of the Nutters as well as its economic mastermind (remember, I am not referring to Osborne here, obviously; just any potential Chancellor of the Exchequer). However, this isn’t what made me laugh/cringe the most.
So what exactly did Dorries say about Cameron and Osborne? When prompted by the interviewer (who asked if she thought Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Idiot were just two posh boys who didn’t know the price of milk) she declared:
“Not only are they two posh boys who don’t know the price of milk, they are two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition and no passion to want to understand the lives of others.”
Nadine, you have absolutely no arguments from me on this one. David and George have indeed shown themselves to be selfish, arrogant and uncaring. I do not believe they understand how a family of six living in a two-bed council flat scrapes by week to week, how a severely disabled man who lost the movement from his neck down in a motorcycle crash and is facing having his benefits slashed feels or how civil servants so scared of losing their jobs and working full-time hours on part-time pay feel. Nor do I believe they can really care unless they’ve experienced any of this for themselves.
HOWEVER, while she was speaking, I found myself screaming “POT! KETTLE! BLACK!!!” This is the ARROGANT woman who wrote an article saying that Cameron had texted her to apologise for “humiliating” her in the House of Common; the politician who showed NO REMORSE in declaring that girls (and only girls) should receive abstinence lessons; the idiot who has NO PASSION TO UNDERSTAND THE LIVES OF OTHERS, who felt it was fine to strip abortion centres of their rights to provide counselling to women.
In September of last year, I wrote an article entitled “Should Dorries Be Disciplined?”. The answer to that question, in my opinion, is still a definite and resounding “YES, PLEASE GOD, JUST GET RID OF THE WOMAN!”
I almost feel sorry for Cameron. To quote the great Malcolm Tucker, the woman is an absolute clusterfuck.
We all know about Whitehall – those big Government buildings that span the North bank with office after office of nameless Civil Servants who come up with new policies to pass on to their MP- but have many experienced what actually goes on in those big old buildings? Well, for two weeks this summer, I did.
Yep, I got one of those awesome name/face badges that you scan to get to places no one else can and got to explore the ins and outs of Westminster. I spent those two weeks in Oliver Letwin’s policy office, which comprised of one guy in an office with a few others, who all worked for different Conservative MPs.
This is a completely different world to which we imagine- with Toffs strolling around who are out of touch with the real world and only care about making life easier for the wealthy and hard for those less so- but it wasn’t. It was fascinating, intriguing and exciting.
I learnt more in those two weeks about politics and the workings of Government than I ever did during A-level Politics. I wasn’t just made to do boring filing for two weeks, I researched interesting topics and compiled the information and I also helped created a website to help benefit local communities. I was part of something.
While I was there I also got to meet Higo Swires (who is the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), Gregory Barker (Minister of State for Climate Change) and I got to go inside No. 10!! This was very exciting. We visited all of the State rooms- including the Cabinet room- saw the famous stairs- with the portraits of every Prime Minister- and Winston Churchill’s various amendments to the house. We even passed by Nick Clegg on his way to a Cabinet meeting.
Many people may have negative perceptions of Conservative MPs and their supporters, but they really are doing things that they believe are the best for the country- and I mean the country as a whole, not just segments. And having witnessed the effort which is being made to get things done and the progress so far, I would say to all those that believe (and no doubt will carry on believing despite this) that all Conservatives are heartless, cruel people who want to screw over the poorest in society that this is truly not the case.
Having spent time immersed in the world where politics actually does matter I realised it’s not so much about parties, or at least it shouldn’t, it’s about working together to try and re-build things that are broken for the benefit of everyone. So to anyone that’s interested, I would definitely recommend applying for an internship with your local MP because you will experience a different side to things. Oh, and the food in the restaurants is pretty good too!
Bolton Council Motion Tuition Fees
This Council recognises that higher education remains a key contributor to the cultural, social and economic life of the UK and that the future success of the country, in an increasingly globalised world, is dependent on a well educated population.
In view of this, this Council is deeply concerned with the Government’s proposals to transfer most of the cost of higher education from the state to students through the removal of the existing tuition fee cap allowing Universities to charge up to £9000 per year.
This measure, notwithstanding the proposed changes to repayment arrangements, will have a regressive impact: students from low and middle income backgrounds will be less likely to attend university and, where they do attend their choice of university will be based on proximity and cost, rather than best academic fit.
This Council cannot support the Coalition’s proposals which will make higher education in the UK one of the most expensive in the world for its students. It cannot support the aim of transforming UK higher education from a mass system to an elite system based on students generating high levels of personal debt. It cannot support a policy that will damage not only the future prospects of many young people in Bolton but also the future prospects UK PLC.
Council invites the Leaders of the two opposition Parties to join the Leader of the Council to write to the Government opposing the Coalition policy on tuition fees.
Labour voted unanimously FOR the motion. Liberal Democrats ABSTAINED and Conservatives voted AGAINST. The motion PASSED.