10 things that Nadine Dorries and Sarah Palin have in common

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 28, 2008

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!, US Presidential Election 2008

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Sarah Palin and Nadine Dorries

1. They both have a womb*, and think it is their God-given right to tell other women what to do with theirs:
Huffington Post – Palin On Abortion: I’d Oppose Even If My Own Daughter Was Raped
Guardian – The end of choice? Kira Cochrane talks to Nadine Dorries

(*I am personally thankful that neither of them have a penis. Of their own.)

2. They are both aided and manipulated by fundamentalist Christians:
Buzzflash – Sarah Palin is a Manchurian Candidate for One Extremist Splinter Group of the End-Times Crowd
Bloggerheads – Nadine Dorries and Andrea Williams

3. They have both cherry-picked a single sentence out of a report clearly finding them in the wrong and used it as ‘proof’ that they had been cleared of any wrong-doing:
Washington Post – Four Pinocchios for Palin
Lib Dem Voice – What does “completely cleared” mean? (more)

4. They both have a reputation as an outsider/maverick that handily disguises a general distaste for rules, a poor understanding of those rules, *and* a distaste for taking the time to develop an understanding of those rules:
Think Progress – Palin Claims The Vice President Is “In Charge Of The U.S. Senate”
Bad Science – Oooooh I’m in the Minority Report!

5. They both like to be in complete control of any given conversation so it can flow freely in the way they want it to:
Slate.com – Stop covering Palin until she gives a press conference (more)
Bloggerheads – Nadine Dorries and what she has (and has not) learned from Iain Dale

6. The both believe in and/or seek to perpetuate the myth of a hostile leftist media conspiracy:
Salon.com – Sarah Palin and Mark Halperin’s complaints of “liberal media”
Ministry of Truth – Exclusive: Dorries to Face Standards Inquiry

7. They are both at or near that delicate age where their face is getting harder and harder to maintain, and could go Kathleen Turner at any moment.



Oh dear, I appear to be drying up.

Oh, crap… don’t go there!!!


(Psst! And before anyone has a go at me about age and appearance being a ‘woman’ thing, it’s not; it is about illusions. Remember after the 2005 General Election, when Tony Blair suddenly aged by 20 years?)


  1. Chris Bowlas says

    They are both a waste of skin.

  2. Jo5 says

    *sighs*…still the search continues for liberally minded who can extend compassion to unborn children. Why, when 50% of discarded babies (ooops…meant foetus) are female, is it anti-feminist to decry abortion? I have huge issues with Palin's pro-imperialistic agenda but why not cherry pick her few decent policies?

    • Tim_Ireland says

      Erm, well I picked this one because it was a policy they had in common. Nadine Dorries, the British MP, is not often called upon to have a position on US foreign policy, for example. As for your other question, in it you assume a lot about what I do and do not feel compassion for. Would you care to rephrase it?

    • Helen says

      I certainly extend compassion to unborn children, but more so for grown women, and for actual children. When contraception isn't 100%, thousands of children are in the care / fostering system, maternal / child benefits have been reduced and all the services that enable women to care for their children are being cut, it's a little ridiculous to whinge about abortion.

      Forced pregnancies are much worse than abortion, and that's the alternative.

      I don't think a foetus is a baby until 20 weeks – a view in accord with medical opinion. I go with medical opinion because they study for several years in order to form intellectual, factual, unsentimental opinions, rather than relying on sentiment and religious rhetoric, which isn't shared by the majority of people in Britain.

      If we allowed religious feelings to dictate medicine then no-one would be allowed a blood transfusion. I assume you'd find that ridiculous, which perhaps gives you some insight into my humanist, feminist, pro-choice mindset – that a woman is more important than a cluster of cells.

  3. peter says

    sarah is a babe
    nadine is a moose

    • Lindy says

      but Sarah hunts moose, and they could have such a great time together…

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