A jaw-dropping interview with Nadine Dorries appears in today’s Metro. My letter to that ‘news’paper follows. Will get a copy of the interview online ASAP.
To: Metro Letters
Your interview with Nadine Dorries only furthers her reputation as a self-publicising fantasist. In it, Nadine claims to get 500,000 hits a month on her website (which is not even a blog as she claims). Elsewhere, she has claimed that she has 800,000 readers a month. Never mind that her traffic claims are so fantastic as to be laughable; because ‘hits’ describes the number of files downloaded (pages, images, etc.), this figure cannot possibly be smaller than the number of readers. Nadine’s either making things up, or becoming very confused again.
And that’s just a reaction to the bloody introductory paragraph. You simply have to read the interview itself. With you shortly.
UPDATE – It should appear on this page shortly. If you simply cannot wait and you’re willing to play along with their request for an email address, proceed to ‘e-Metro’ here.
UPDATE – While we’re waiting for Metro to get their main e-dition together, were you aware of this report showing that evangelical Christians are probably getting more red hot (and unprotected) sex than you? Yes, even many of those ‘celibate’ teens. Turns out that celibacy loses its shine when it’s not ‘cool’ any more (“if too many teens pledge, the effort basically collapses” is a key finding).
UPDATE (12pm) – Dorries is now complaining on her ‘blog’ about the part of the interview that raised one of my eyebrows to new heights.
Apologies for cruddy link to cruddy site that only works in some browsers:
I was a little bit upset this morning to see how a short interview I had given, had been written up. It was smutty. For example, my answer to the question “What would you most like to be doing right now” I believe was something like “Having a meal with my girls and everyone I love round one table.” That’s not what was printed.
Although the interview had been light hearted, my answers had been taken out of context.
Oh dear, oh dear.
Here’s the part that Nadine is complaining about:
What would you most like to be doing right now?
Nadine Dorries: (laughs) You can’t put that in the paper.
Apart from that?
Nadine Dorries: I’d be in Barbados watching the turtles hatch on the beach.
[Pardon me while I vomit…. *bleuuuurgh*…. Damn. All over my handmade Italian leather shoes that were a gift from the Dalai Lama. And now back to the dirt…]
And who would you be with?
Nadine Dorries: I can’t say that either.
You’ve got a secret lover, then?
Nadine Dorries: (laughs) He’s involved in politics. I’m not saying more than that.
All together now; ooooooooooooooooh!
I suppose now we can expect Iain Dale to leap to her defence with The Official Version Of Events.
(Please do watch what you say under comments on my site. No guesses or hints about the identity of secret lovers, for example.)
UPDATE – The article is now live on the Metro website:
Metro – Nadine Dorries reveals her Bridget Jones moment
And, unlike Nadine’s website-that-is-not-a-blog, that page allows comments.
(considers options carefully)