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Nadine Dorries
Hubris to Nemesis?
Posted Wednesday, 10 October 2007 at 15:50



I sat behind David Cameron at PMQs today; I was the bright pink jacket. Worn for a specific reason, constituents are always saying to me “we never see you at PMQs”. I thought that today I would make sure they noticed me!

However, it has been one of the few occasions I have seen myself on TV in the chamber. Note to self – don’t slouch or chew a pen, it looks sloppy!


I have sat behind David on a number of occasions. I was right behind him for his very first PMQs as leader.


He used to come into PMQs smiling, chatting and laughing. He would turn around, smile and acknowledge those of us who sat behind him; those days are gone, not anymore.


When he comes in now it’s a different David. He is totally focused. His body language is more contained, the smiles are gone, and he doesn’t chat, even to George who is sat next to him. It’s as though he is absolutely concentrating on what he is about to do and say, a bit like an athlete or a jaguar, waiting to pounce. He was as cool as a cucumber; he is in his salad days.


When his turn was over, he turned around and handed his notes to his PPS, Desmond Swayne who was sat next to me. They were tabulated with David’s notes in that clear, concise handwriting.


My vantage point meant I was directly in front of Gordon Brown. At one point he was grey, shaking and shouting, he was losing it.


He isn’t going to cut it as a Prime Minister. His office is going off the rails.  Why is this? Does he have the wrong team of advisers or are we looking at a case of hubris in extremis. Is he is being advised, but considers himself to be above taking it?


If this is a case of hubris, can the leader of a Western democracy lead the people if he feels himself to be above listening to the people?


Will we witness the premiership of Gordon Brown play out like a Greek tragedy - hubris to nemesis?


My new intern, Stephanie, has arrived from New York. She is 20, stunning and one of the cleverest young ladies I have ever met. This is such a relief to me as the dynamics of the office are important and we only like to have nice people working in mine, and she is lovely.



Sweeper said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
I actually noticed you today.I have often wondered why MP's stand up then sit down when it is obvious they won't be allowed to speak? (as you did) Sky interviewed Stephen Pound with Grant Shapps(?)Pound kept wittering on about David Cameron screeching! What a load of rubbish! Obviously waiting for a hearing aid. Good day for Conservatives ,please keep it up
Mike Rouse said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Do let us know if Stephanie would like to be shown the sights of the city! Oh, and thanks for the post about PMQs. Nice to get an opinion rather than a live running commentary.
Nadine said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
You do have a chance of being called Sweeper. The only time I have been called for a PMQ is by catching the Speakers eye.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
OK, when is Stephanie being introduced to the rest of us? Bring her to the bar then Peter and Pippa.
Adam said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Dear Nadine and Fans, I would like to thank Gordon Brown for today highlighting the very important petition concerning the calling of an election. This petition can be found at: Please feel free to signup. That certainly was an Uber jacket Nadine. How interesting to compare Brown's 'Psycho writing' with David's hand.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
It's all Greek to me ...
Louis Venezia said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
How very nice of you to mention Stephanie in your comments today. She is so excited to be working for you. (She has called her Mom atleast a dozen times). Oh, by the way, let Mike Rouse know her Dad said Steph doesn't need a tour of the city. (Does this internship include screening of potential guides?) Louis Venezia - Stephanies Dad
Bluemonday said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
David is focussed and Gordon has a blurred 'vision'. I too wondered why you all jumped up and down. Comparing the Chamber with a class of rowdy schoolchildren (as it often is), I would have thought it more in keeping to just raise your hands.Mind you, the Speaker must have been the only one not to have noticed you today.
John said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Noticed 'Bottler' has the same colour tie as David. Pinches your MP's, your ideas, your policies and now even your dress. What a pathetic man.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Looking good today Nadine!
Sallie said:
Responded: Wednesday, 10 October 2007
I agre with the comment made by Mike Rouise. The fact that someone who is there can tell us what it is like is very special. Maybe you could comment straight after it happens next time so that the news is fresh to those of us who have just watched it. I really enjoyed your blog today, thank you.
Steven_L said:
Responded: Thursday, 11 October 2007
"Does this internship include screening of potential guides?" (Louis Venezia) Who knows, but if she likes it that much she can marry me and stay here, I'll move to Alabama or Louisiana, pay less tax, buy a V8, an automatic rifle to shoot whatever kind of bird they have there when I'm in a bad mood, and hang out with the Southern chicks that talk like Britney. I'm not one for a messy divorce, just get your laywer to send me the forms and we're done - I'll send you an Xmas card of course. Stephanie can stay here and hang out with the English gentlemen. The grass is always greener. How I'd love be American!
Charliefarley said:
Responded: Thursday, 11 October 2007
At last, the web of Labour's spin and deception is being unravelled, triggered by the greatest of non-events.Everyone was deceived by Brown's Election, even the press. Payback time methinks.
Dave said:
Responded: Thursday, 11 October 2007
Welcome Stephanie, may I, as a humble blogaddict, confirm that Nadine is one of those rare breed politicians who are truly honest,extremely hardworking, caring and not afraid to stand up and fight. She is also Mrs. Commonsense and dam good when let loose with a keyboard. On the downside, she is a lously tractor driver,thinks she needs 5 inch heels to stand tall (but she is really a giant in bare feet)and is prone to taking the odd tumble (hence the odd bruise). The rest you can find in her CV. Her regular bloggers are quite a nice bunch toooo.
P said:
Responded: Thursday, 11 October 2007
A Big Welcome to you Stephanie. Are you joining us for dinner? And the pink really suited you Nadinew P
Praguetory said:
Responded: Friday, 12 October 2007
Just like to say that Mike's a decent chap. If she were single I'd trust him with my sister.
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