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Nadine Dorries
Speaking in tongues.. or trying to
Posted Thursday, 9 April 2009 at 00:10


Just arrived home after supper with Iain Dale.


The Weber Shandwick event was good but I have to say,  Bruce Anderson was bloody rude.


When I arrived at the event, Iain went up to the top table and moved around the name places. When the Chairman asked him what he was doing, Iain said, “she’s not sitting next to him”.


In that blonde way I have it kind of went over my head, until we began to make our presentations


Everyone did their five minute introduction/speech.


Bruce Anderson spent his intro berating Gillian Shepherd, and then went on to state that there was not one single female MP in the Conservative party fit to be in a Conservative cabinet.


I stood to reply, at which point Bruce Anderson began to talk, loudly, to the person sat next to him, and he carried on and he did not stop. It was incredibly off putting.


We then took questions. When I was asked to speak Bruce decided he would interrupt, when he was pulled up for this he then again,  talked over me.


Iain lost it at this point and asked him why he didn’t shut the f**k up.


I’ve never spoken on a panel quite like that before.


Misogyny at its most blatant; from a man who mutters incoherently, constantly.


He told me at the end of the evening that everything I had said had been wrong, which is why he had spoken over me.


“Really “said I. “Do you think so? Because do you know what, almost every person here has just come up to me to congratulate me on how I handled myself in the midst of your rudeness and commented on what a complete misogynistic  a**e you are. And I have to say, I agree. I would just have slipped the word fat in somewhere”.


I then gave him a kiss on both cheeks and left with Iain, as Bruce Anderson stood with red wine lips and teeth (easy to see as his mouth was wide open) and stared after us.

Richard Havers said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
But, what else can he do? He's a journalist in retreat who works for a newspaper that fewer and fewer people seem to be bothered about reading. It must drive him nuts.
The Penguin said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Good for you - Bruce Anderson is a prize tosser.
Tom said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Well done Nadine. Iain is a gentleman, good for you that he was there.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
I have worked with Bruce Anderson for years, this is his style. He is possibly the rudest man I have ever worked with and has a similar regard for all women. I will say though that I think you may find he will have changed his opinion about you. He admires spirit.
Red Riding said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Red Riding said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Never heard of him before but he sounds like an absolute tw*t. By the way, any chance of posting more pics of your lovely daughter?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Iain, you hero. Well done mate, from every man who wishes he had been in your place :)
Simon P said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
This is funny, Anderson had no idea what he was doing when he took you on did he? Well done Iain, chivalry lives!
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Is this the guy who wrote for the Telegraph? He's a bit Heffer like. Thinks politics is for boys from public schools. God help us from the likes of him. Iain Dale has gone up in my estimation.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 10 April 2009
Actually, I know and like Bruce Anderson. He was winding you up. Probably ashamed of himself now.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 10 April 2009
He should be. There is a big difference between a wind up and being abnoxious.
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