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Nadine Dorries
Running Scared?
Posted Thursday, 8 March 2007 at 11:50


I have been up since 4.50am. My dogs had no idea what was going on when I took them for a walk at 5am – to be fair to the dogs, neither did I. I walked into a lamppost and grazed my head - I think I fell back to sleep whilst I was walking.


TV interview at 8am in Millbank; then back down to the members’ tea room for breakfast. I don’t know why I bothered – I walked right into a trap. The men started talking to me about International Women’s Day, and I of course, being the earnest person I am started talking about how there are more women in the Afghanistan and Iraq parliaments than there are in Britain, when one said “yes, but can they keep on top of the ironing?”  It went on and on in that vein, much laughter at my expense, again.


No Jack at business questions today, and I was ready for him, my slam dunk killer question word perfect in my mind. So where is he … running scared according to the tea room gossip, not happy with some of the comments made by people on my blog and less happy with the Telegraph diary. If you want to dish you have to take, that’s the rule.


Did you know that there are more women in the Rwandan parliament than there are in Westminster, 48.8%?  During the Rwandan genocide over half a million women were raped. It says much for the women of Rwanda that having gone through the level of trauma that they have experienced,  they can find the strength and resilience to empower themselves and take a major role in the future of their country.


Men and boys were the perpetrators of the genocide. Women will now be the pioneers of reconstruction and reconciliation.


So, if at the beginning of this blog you were thinking yawn yawn at the mention of International Women’s Day and wondering what on earth the relevance was, think on Rwanda; it alone is a good enough reason to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 8 March 2007
Did you know your party has just selected its 14th male PPC in a row? Perhaps Tory associations are worried women won't be able to keep on top of the ironing?
Nadine said:
Responded: Thursday, 8 March 2007
We have almost 40% of our safe and winnable seats with female candidates in place, and not an illegal all women shorlist in sight, which was the case prior to the '97 influx of nulab female MPs
Dave said:
Responded: Thursday, 8 March 2007
I didn't think many women were into ironing these days, so shows how dinosaurian those men are.Laughter at your expense should make you stronger, as the worm always turns. In Bedfordshire there seems to be an increasing number of women in top jobs, the Chief Constable,the Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital and I believe the Chief Executive of Bedfordshire County Council to name but three.I assume they achieved their positions by merit and not by gender.Not forgetting Nadine, whom I won't refer to as a nucon as it sounds like a deadly missile (Oh I don't know though),whom I know to be a first rate Member of Parliament when she avoids lamp-posts. Methinks you are knowedgable about Rwandi because you have a home on the same continent, to me it's another place on a long list where gross obscenities take place. Finally, Jack is probably out celibrating after thinking he is about to solve a 99 year problem (Oh dear).
John said:
Responded: Thursday, 8 March 2007
Doesn't this prove that Westminister is full of age old prejudice against women. Why do you stand for it Nadine? Gender should not matter, as constituents we deserve the best people to lead us, not those still living in the victorian era. They need to get out more often and experience the real modern world.I'm ashamed to say that man has caused the most mayhem throughout history in his insatiable lust for war and destruction. I hope the female of the species can one day show they can make for a better world. On a lighter note, don't you know it's dangerous to go out walkies alone in the middle of the night?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 9 March 2007
What were you thinking of Nadine, out walking in the early hours of the morning.There could be any Tom, Dick or Harry or JACK out there and you're advertising the fact that you're out there half asleep.It's a dam good job it was only a lamppost you bumped into.Please be more careful in the future or at least employ a minder. I'm a big ugly b****r and I wouldn't go out walking at that time these days.
Dave said:
Responded: Friday, 9 March 2007
The one thing I find about your Blogs is that they are thought provoking. Especially yesterdays. It takes a little while for my brain to engage and often my afterthoughts are better than my firstthoughts, none moreso than these. After I sent my last comment I realised how foolish it was of you to write the first paragraph. I admire you for your honesty but broadcasting that you were out alone at that time of day and virtually asleep, obviously with your house keys. You may have had a mobile with you but last time I dialled 999 at that time of the morning, it took 3 days for the police to come out and I don't live very far from you.You may have got more priority from the police being an MP but I suggest you find out just how few of them there are about at that time of day. If you think Westminster is full of creeps, believe me they are nothing compared to the lowlife roaming the streets at night.Anyway, lecture over.I dare not to look at your Blogs anymore and therefore no more comments for you to print and I have always wrote a true opinion, even giving my email address.
Nadine said:
Responded: Friday, 9 March 2007
Steady on - nobody is going to do anything to me - my Labrador would bark so loud she would wake the neighbourhood up. Anyway, what else can I do, if I have to be in London for 7.30 I have no option but to walk them that early! Thanks for your concern though.
Dave said:
Responded: Friday, 9 March 2007
Ok so I dared to look! Don't take any notice of what is said then, but a barking dog is no answer. Alarms go off around here often and dogs bark in the early hours and NOBODY bothers. It's not even light at that time you go out, and everybody thinks it won't happen to them.Get a friend to walk the dog during the day. take a big stick with you. Mind you if you can't see a lamp post coming for you you aint going to see a mugger. I dare not comment after this cos your giving even more information about your movements.Please don't print or reply to this on your blog page, but do think about what's been said.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Trouble is, Nadine, that your ill-considered ramblings undermine the case for women MPs at all.
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