The Martyrdom of Nadine
The bile, spite, vitriol and hatred being fired towards Nadine Dorries is out of all proportion. She is a human being. When you prick her, she bleeds; when you insult her, she hurts; when you threaten her, she fears; when you slander her, she grieves. Just like you.
It beggars belief, in a derided and discredited political system in which 'Cameron's Cuties' are as despised and reviled as 'Blair's Babes', that when an independently-minded MP emerges who is driven by nothing but conviction, the forces of hell are unleashed to destroy her.
Before the General Election, David Cameron promised a free vote on the upper time limit for abortion. He said: "I would like to see a reduction in the current limit, as it is clear that, due to medical advancement, many babies are surviving at 24 weeks. If there is an opportunity in the human fertilisation and embryology bill, I will be voting to bring this limit down from 24 weeks. This must, however, remain a conscience issue and a free vote."
And here we are, in Government, not even attempting to touch the upper time limit, but instead offering women a choice in counselling. Yes, a choice. And what does David Cameron do? He writes to every Conservative MP, putting pressure on them to vote against the amendment. A conscience issue, Mr Cameron? A free vote, Prime Minister?
He knows full well that a letter from Government to all his MPs functions effectively as a three-line whip. Those who seek favour and advancement will cave in, despite 92% of them supporting the amendment in their consciences.
And so Nadine is sacrificed: despised by her colleagues; rejected by those who promised her their support; another martyr to unprincipled Tory expediency. God bless you, Nadine. Unto His gracious mercy and protection His Grace commits you. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace, both now and evermore. Amen.