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Nadine Dorries
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Posted Monday, 30 March 2009 at 00:14



I did the the Steve Nolan show on 5 Live from 10 - 10.30  defending MPs and I’m doing LBC at 7 in the morning.


This weekend a number of people have asked me the same question, not about MPs expenses,  but about Conservative policies, as in where are they?

I used decorating the house as an analogy.

Imagine you want to wallpaper the dining room and put down a new carpet,
but your credit cards are maxed out. Your overdraft at the bank is at its limit, the account is on zero, the savings account is empty and you've already borrowed lots of money just to maintain your daily lifestyle.

Your priority shouldn't be spending or borrowing more money to re decorate the dining room because there just isn't any money. Your priority should be paying off the debts and saving.

We have policy. It is and will be about how we once again become solvent and steady. About how we pay off the credit cards and pay back the people we borrowed from.

I’m sure David Cameron won't announce gimmicks to paint and paper over the cracks, that would be foolish. I don’t want him to announce pretty policies we know we have no chance of delivering. That has been the way of New Labour and I really don’t want to go onto the doorstep talking about what we intend to do, knowing there isn’t a chance. I don’t want to lie. Policies are a luxury we cannot afford. I want David to be honest and tell people how bad it is. I want him to say there isn’t any money, no money, none, the country is in debt up to its eyes and before I can promise you anything I have to sort this out.


I want him to tell people that the role of a future Government is to concentrate on the essentials, keeping people well, educated and safe and that all else is under question until we have repaired the damaged done to this country by eleven years of Labour.


His approach to policy must be as a middle aged woman, sans make up in the morning sunlight. Not always attractive but starkly honest and true.
Sally Roberts said:
Responded: Monday, 30 March 2009
Well done, Nadine for the way you coped with Nick Ferrari this morning! I am normally a big fan of Mr Ferrari but I thought his questioning on you verged on the impertinent, particularly when he pressed you on subjects you had already specified you did not want to talk about. You were dignified and charming and held your own effectively. Keep up the good work.
Nadine said:
Responded: Monday, 30 March 2009
Thank you Sally. Nice to know you were listening :)
Andy J said:
Responded: Monday, 30 March 2009
Nadine, this is brilliant. If only every MP could think and write in the same normal way you do.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 30 March 2009
Whilst Labour keep turning out the gimmicks DC will be expected to do the same.
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