Thursday, 21 October 2010

Nadine Dorries - a real work of fiction

Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Beds, maverick, the British Sarah Palin and, according to the New Statesman, someone David Cameron should fear can now add fiction writer to her list of defining features.

While the standards watchdog has today cleared Ms Dorries of misuse of Parliamentary allowances it has emerged that she admits 70 per cent of her blog is fiction. She told the watchdog,  "I rely heavily on poetic licence and frequently replace one place name/event/fact with another."

There are two points for me here. The first is that MPs, including Nadine, complain they get a raw deal from the media. I happen to agree and spend a lot of time defending them against claims our political system is corrupt and all politicians are dodgy. However, they need to start helping themselves a bit. To fabricate what you have done to this extent is a bit like lying on your CV, but worse. While Nadine talks about "reassuring" her constituents, wasn't she really misleading them?

The second is that from now on I may well start making everything up on this blog and should, if Nadine's case is anything to go on, see traffic soar.

Right, me and Kylie are just off to the bar to meet Penelope and Cameron. Should be a good night.

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