NADINE Dorries is the UK’s new Culture Secretary. More specifically, she is the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which does not bode well for digital, culture, media, or sport.
The Tory MP would not seem to be a fitting choice to head up digital, considering that she apparently let everyone in her office, even interns, use her official MP log-in.
She wrote on Twitter in 2017: “My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login everyday. Including interns on exchange programmes.”
Accused of breaking data protection law and at the very least going against clear rules set out in the House of Commons handbook, Dorries went on the defensive.
“You don’t have a team of 4-6 staff answering the 300 emails you receive every day”, she told one Twitter user.
— John Spiers (@squeezyjohn) December 4, 2017
Well, what about culture? Fat chance of any luck there either.
The Tory MP has written a series of books, the first of which was called the “worst” novel the reviewer had read in ten years. And that was in The Telegraph. Imagine what an opposition paper might have said…
Writing on Twitter in 2017, Dorries said: “Left wing snowflakes are killing comedy, tearing down historic statues, removing books from universities, dumbing down panto, removing Christ from Christmas and suppressing free speech. Sadly, it must be true, history does repeat itself. It will be music next.”
Left wing snowflakes are killing comedy, tearing down historic statues, removing books from universities, dumbing down panto, removing Christ from Christmas and suppressing free speech. Sadly, it must be true, history does repeat itself. It will be music next.
— Nadine Dorries MP (@NadineDorries) December 27, 2017
This self-declared member of the vanguard of the culture wars is just the person to have in No10 then, if you like Union flags shoved down your throat.
Like those other brave anti-woke warriors, Dorries also has a fond love of Winston Churchill. She said in 2017 that she keeps a “statue of him on my desk”…
But also like those right-wing culture warriors, Dorries seems to have little grasp of history.
“The last time we were at war, it was with our ‘neighbours’ and it was America who lost lives in our defence,” she said in 2017, apparently clueless of the last time the UK had actually been at war.
“America is, was and always will be our greatest friend,” she added, apparently clueless about the entire history of America.
You’re also not likely to be a huge fan of Dorries if you’re a member of the LGBT community. The new cabinet secretary repeatedly voted against gay marriage, and once seemingly compared it to two siblings getting married.
“If gay marriage bill takes sex out of marriage could a sister marry a sister to avoid inheritance tax?”, she asked perceptively. This is the kind of thinking that’s been welcomed into the highest levels of the UK Government.
Her opposition to gay marriage was well documented by herself. She wrote on Twitter in 2013: “Gay marriage comes back to Parliament in 10 days. If [David] Cameron wants to lose Conservative party fifty seats, he must keep on pushing through.”
She tweeted an almost identical post that same day: “If David Cameron wants Conservative party to lose as many as fifty seats at next election he must push forward with the gay marriage bill.”
Gay marriage comes back to Parliament in 10 days If Cameron wants to lose Conservative party fifty seats, he must keep on pushing through
— Nadine Dorries MP (@NadineDorries) May 11, 2013
And followed it up not two weeks later: “So, we dropped to 27 points in tonight’s polls. That gay marriage thing is really working for us.”
In 2015 she claimed: “On gay rights issues, I voted the way the gay community in my constituency asked me to.”
It may be true that gay people in Mid Bedfordshire asked Dorries to vote against their right to marry, who knows.
Dorries says she now supports same-sex marriage and regrets having voted the way she did, but she also said she was “pro gay marriage” in 2012, before voting against it twice the next year…
The new culture secretary also seems to have an issue telling people of backgrounds other than white apart.
Apparently I’m racist because I think Chuck Umunna looks like Chris Eubank ?What would I be if I said he looked like someone who was white??
— Nadine Dorries MP (@NadineDorries) April 9, 2013
“Apparently I’m racist because I think Chuck Umunna looks like Chris Eubank? What would I be if I said he looked like someone who was white??” she asked in 2013.
“A moron,” commentator Ash Sarkar then replied.
And six years later Sarkar would find herself at the receiving end of another ethnic minority mix-up on Dorries’ part. The MP tweeted about a video containing Sarkar, but identified her as Labour activist Faiza Shaheen.
Asked to apologise, Dorries didn’t really. She said she was sorry “if it caused any offence”, adding: “I wasn’t sure. It was a tiny video on my small phone screen when I wrote it.
“It was the accent I was basing the identification on via my phone as I thought I recognised the voice and it sounded like Faiza.”
Anyway congratulations to Penny Mordaunt – I mean, Nadine Dorries – to her promotion to Culture Minister. pic.twitter.com/xJdlshgLnl
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) September 15, 2021
Sarkar also quipped about Dorries’ appointment to the culture secretary role, saying she sent her “congratulations to Penny Mordaunt – I mean, Nadine Dorries”.
Former Tory MP Anna Soubry tweeted: “The appointment of Nadine Dorries as Culture Secretary is final confirmation (if you needed it) that we do indeed have the worst Prime Minister and Govt ever. Ever.”
Far be it from the Jouker to disagree. And we haven’t even touched on her suspension from the Tory party for running away to go on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, her views on abortion and claim she assisted in two “botched” ones, the hiring of her family with public money, her opposition to wearing high heels at work, or her claim that people on benefits should have their tweet numbers limited…