Nadine Dorries is no blogger, and no blogging hero

Posted by Tim Ireland at 23 May 2009

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, Tories! Tories! Tories!, UK Libel Law

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Nadine Dorries, as it was once put so delicately by Dawn Primarolo:, has recently asserted many things to be facts that are not.

While stating as facts things that are not facts, Nadine Dorries has also – by the account of many credible bloggers and their contributors – refused to allow her claims to be substantially challenged under comments (which she has only just reinstated after this disaster where she also asserted many things to be facts that were not, and responded with the censorship, manipulation and sudden withdrawal of comments).

This is not how a typical blogger behaves, the timing/nature of the dialogue leading up to the removal of her weblog is a major factor in the rights and wrongs of this, and so far we have very little reason to trust the word of Nadine Dorries or almost anyone else in her camp at this stage.

Further, I suspect that Phil Hendren* and Iain Dale might be declaring this to be somehow equal to the Usmanov/Shillings/Fasthosts event a little prematurely, and I for one would like to hear more about the specifics of it from more than one source before I rush to judgement.

Until then, as far as I’m concerned, Nadine Dorries can go stay in London at her own expense.

[Psst! I would also appreciate hearing Iain Dale’s position on his use of legal threats to avoid mere dialogue, let alone any challenge in response to his asserting many things to be facts that are not.]

PS – Yes, I’m aware of the absurd aspect of UK libel law that allows this to happen, just as I’m aware of suicide statistics that might appear to support some of Nadine’s recent assertions. Nadine Dorries and her supporters will take anything they can get at this stage to divert attention away from what she has said about helping herself to a pot of money that she (and, she claims, all MPs) regarded to be theirs by right, regardless of any rules.

UPDATE (24 May) – *’Dizzy’ is upset, so allow me to point out here that (a) it was Iain waving the ‘Usmanov’ name about, and not him, and (b) they most certainly did not collude to deceive; such a thing would be as unthinkable as it is unprecedented. More details are here, but I think these two allies of Dorries could be clearer about what has happened here… and about what has not. It is not fair or accurate, for example, to say something like this:

“The Telegraph deleted Nadine Dorries blog?!” (source)

More to follow. Sunshine first.








3 Comments

  1. tory boys never grow says

    And of course Dizzy that brave defender of free speech is not posting comments drawing attention to Lord Ashcroft having closed down the TCI Journal website or the US$10m of loans made to a disgraced former Prime Minister of the Turks and caicos by companies owned by Ashcroft (which is contained in public evidence to the Auld Commission on corruption in Turks and Caicos which is due to rerport any time now.

  2. tory boys never grow says

    Evidence re the loans by Ashcroft owned companies (Ashcroft owns Belize Bank) can be found herehttp://tcfreepress.com/index.php?option=com_conte

  3. Manic says

    Meanwhile, he's having a good old waffle over at Justin's:http://bit.ly/8GOcoHe seems terribly upset about my (allegedly) misleading my readers by only giving them carefully selected parts** of the story. I can only imagine how frustrating that must be for him.(**He must've missed the part where I hyperlinked to his evolving account, thereby giving ample access to the wider story. Twice now. Make it three if you count linking to this 1500+ word comment. Here it must be noted that this is not a courtesy that 'Dizzy' always extends to his readers.)

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