Saturday, September 01, 2012

Cameron is 'patronising'; Osborne is 'Machiavellian'

In an interview (and photoshoot) with Tatler magazine, the formidable Nadine Dorries MP has said that the Prime Minister as 'a sheep in wolf's clothing'. This comes hard upon observations that he is a mouse and a chambermaid (Sadly, His Grace doesn't have time to photoshop the PM's face to a fleece-clad lycanthrope).

Ms Dorries observed some months ago that David Cameron and George Osborne are just two 'arrogant posh boys who don't know the price of milk'. She has used the Tatler interview to clarify her remarks: the Prime Minister is 'patronising' and 'sexist'; the Chancellor is a 'Machiavellian' who 'manipulates people and practises dark arts'.

Gosh: the heir to Widdecombe ascends.

Ms Dorries is featured wearing a £1,299 Oscar de la Renta dress and a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes (in which the equally-formidable Ms Widdecombe would never have posed {or maybe...}).


Blogger Youthpasta said...

Whilst she is almost certainly close to the mark with her comments, I don't think she has helped herself by doing the photo shoot. Just like Caroline Flint before her, she has shot herself in the foot by declaring that Cameron is sexist and then playing to the stereotype by doing the photos.

Now it may be that Tatler only agreed to do the interview if Dorries did the photos, but if that's the case then it adds even more disappointment to my view on her, given that it suggests she is willing to allow her principles to be set aside for a chance to get her where she wants to be.

Not saying that this is the case, but I don't like the smell of it as is.

1 September 2012 at 10:59  
Blogger Flossie said...

Those shoes are horrible!

1 September 2012 at 11:10  
Blogger Preacher said...

I like her, she is no Cameron lacky trying to get a position in the cabinet (or closet). No lick spittle this girl & she looks so much better than Cleggy, Cameron & the rest. She has style & steel.

1 September 2012 at 11:25  
Blogger bluedog said...

Precisely, Mr Youthpasta @ 10.59.

Score ten out of ten to Tatler for finding her price, zero to Nadine for shallowness and gullibility.

If Dave was ever worried about Nadine's criticism, he can now chillax.

1 September 2012 at 12:24  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Absolutely fatal you know. “Cameron’s chief political critic revealed to be dolly bird”

Saw the lady as a panellist on ‘Have I got News for You’ some while back. Sweet thing lacking gravitas. You find yourself a rich man and hang from his arm, dear. Ah, just realised, that’s exactly what you did...

1 September 2012 at 12:41  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Gobby self-publicist who allows herself to be used as and when.

And those shoes! Dear oh dear.

1 September 2012 at 12:53  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Is Machiavellian an insult? I know it is usually is but The Prince is a disturbing book for its cleverness.

1 September 2012 at 12:55  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Also, the top photo. That's the photographer being mischievous there with the sign, I guess.

1 September 2012 at 12:58  
Blogger Sam Vega said...

"Gosh: the heir to Widdecombe ascends."

Widdecombe fair?

1 September 2012 at 14:37  
Blogger Flossie said...

Naughty DanJo, naughty. But Nadine has done down in my estimation, as would anybody who spent £550 on such a hideous pair of shoes. The dress looks like something my mum would have worn when she was a girl.

I used to quite like her, too.

1 September 2012 at 14:40  
Blogger Dick the Prick said...

I lost interest when she started paying her 21 year old student daughter £50k to be her parliamentary researcher about 5 years ago. She's a bit mad, really, and not overly furnished in the brains dept.

1 September 2012 at 15:26  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

What's wrong with the shoes? Heel too high or something? And certainly the price must be a tenth of £550.


1 September 2012 at 15:51  
Blogger non mouse said...

Your Grace: Is she a woman or a whippoorwill?

After all... why would a non-posh, pleb-caring politician, who knows the price of milk, promote anything but homespun clothing?

Has she strayed so far from her roots that she expects us all to admire the foreign muck on her back, while she stamps on our backs with alien spikes?

Furthermore, her indigenous habitat is Christian. Is she unaware of the venerable British tradition associated with weaving? In working for her constituency, has she never heard of the Bedfordshire guilds for weavers and spinners? And what about Bedfordshire lace-making?

Further still, has she never realised that the crossing of threads can be a symbol of Christ Himself? That's what the Cross represents in a tradition that established itself in the face of eighth century iconoclasm.

Even further, since when were good women (Christian or otherwise) supposed to pose about as Queens dominating chessboards... or as Wotsits who drape their wares against walls? To say nothing of how statesmen are supposed to behave.

Ah well. I suppose we should be grateful that they're all shedding the camouflage feathers. We can see all of them for what they are... and it sure ain't gender specific.

1 September 2012 at 16:31  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Actually, my line about the shoes was borrowed from one of the funniest film ever: Airplane.

The camp controller, Johnny, who was supposed to comfort Mrs Oveur if I remember correctly:

"Where did you get that dress? It's awwwful! and those shoes, and that coat - geeeeze."

I was being ironic really, and playing on a gay stereotype. She was clearly in for a kicking, bless her.

1 September 2012 at 16:53  
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1 September 2012 at 16:55  
Blogger non mouse said...

P.S. Your Grace: Wiki points us to Hank Williams Sr. "Alone and Foresaken" seems apposite here, when alluding to a generically inconstant female:

We met in the springtime when blossoms unfold
The pastures were green and the meadows were gold
Our love was in flower as summer grew on
Her love like the leaves now has withered and gone.

The roses have faded, there's frost at my door
The birds in the morning don't sing any more
The grass in the valley is starting to die
And out in the darkness the whippoorwills** cry.

Oh, where has she gone to, oh, where can she be
She may have forsaken some other like me
She promised to honor, to love and obey
Each vow was a plaything that she threw away.

The darkness is falling, the sky has turned gray
A hound in the distance is starting to bay
I wonder, I wonder - what she's thinking of -
Forsaken, forgotten without any love.

Alone and forsaken by fate and by man
Oh, Lord, if You hear me please hold to my hand
Oh, please understand.

My stress. Btw, in New England whippoorwills singing nearby are said to forebode death (see Google list sv).

1 September 2012 at 17:01  
Blogger Jim M. said...

Ms Dorries is featured wearing a £1,299 Oscar de la Renta dress and a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Let me guess... because she's worth it?

1 September 2012 at 17:18  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Hmmm. More than a hint of bondage, domination and {AHEM} obedience about those shoes, or is the Inspector in the realms of fantasy again...

1 September 2012 at 17:19  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

A fashionista disaster..a low renta

1 September 2012 at 17:28  
Blogger non mouse said...

Dear Mr. Jacobs @15:51, I do believe you jest!

Apart from price* and the fact that she's not supporting what's left of British industry... you know she's being a very bad role model as far as health is concerned! Orthopedically speaking, heels that high, damage backs (and other joints).

Assuming that Dorries has a spine, if she wears those things much ---she will pay for her vanity. Whether or not the Poor Plebs pay her medical bills, her cost in pain and disability will ultimately exceed that of the foreign leather.

* If you think you have inflation in the US, you haven't lately seen prices in Britain. And some of the youngsters are beginning to imagine that eu-induced inflation might begin soon!!! Oh my.

1 September 2012 at 18:01  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Not Gok Wan's ragtag and bobtail again

1 September 2012 at 18:57  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Funny Danj0 funny :)

Non mouse has a point if she was really classy she would have had a British designer dress with some Bedford lace to promote the industry again. There was a revival of the Lace Guild in 1977
it's on the Bedford council website.

Lace dresses are currently in fashion and Nadine is a pretty woman but has lost my respect due to
expense scandal and the hash she made over the abortion counselling debate. No amount of criticism of Dumb and Dumber now will revive her position.

1 September 2012 at 19:29  
Blogger Preacher said...

Guys, the model on a photo shoot wears the clothes provided. This doesn't mean she owns them, or even likes them.

1 September 2012 at 22:08  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector said...
"Hmmm. More than a hint of bondage, domination and {AHEM} obedience about those shoes, or is the Inspector in the realms of fantasy again..."

Yep, my friend!

Genuinely very funny.

Now, how come it took you to see this? (No, not super intelligence.) The photographers knew what they were doing too - odds on.

2 September 2012 at 00:04  
Blogger pete said...

No point wearing expensive shoes if you have legs like a carthorse.

2 September 2012 at 00:16  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Pete, one believes you meant a piano forte

2 September 2012 at 00:38  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

My wife tells me that heels so high can be a power symbol for shorter women. So the shoes might be meant to covey strength.

But what do I know? When I shop for clothes, the salesman always talks to her. I hate shopping for clothes. Simplified dress was one of the nicest things about the military life.


2 September 2012 at 02:11  
Blogger non mouse said...

Possibly, Mr. Preacher @22:08. However, Dorries represents The People of her constituency ---What kind of "electorate" admires a representative who poses so loosely, as an entertainer? And why does she permit herself to be commanded and demeaned by photographer/publicists?

Because, by extension, she and the publicists have demeaned her office--even by setting her, all euro-priced and euro-clad, against, er... a badly maintained building.

And, after all, the grovelling to publicists is from the same mould as that displayed by her so-called Leaders ... the very ones she seems to criticise. Nothing to do with commie-style Division and Demoralisation of the British is it?

Please know that I appreciate your gentlemanly reaction. Nevertheless, I maintain that this isn't about some poor sweet naive girl/child who can't stand up for herself. Dorries pursued a job that deserves respect, so she should show some gravitas and merit that respect. Otherwise, she should go and be what she looks like in these pictures.

You'll remember of course, that another woman of Bedfordshire (Bletsoe Castle) was Margaret Beaufort.* I can't imagine what she would say about this carry-on: The King's Mother -- the matriarch of the Tudors (Now there was brain and backbone).

*Lady Margaret (c1443-1509): great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford, whom he married (1396) after their children were born - and his second wife died (1394). Boniface IX, the Roman Pope, legitimated the Beaufort line in 1396. Multicultural machinations originally... but ultimately geared to insular sovereignty.

2 September 2012 at 04:14  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Nadine Dorries is NOT "formidable" ...
She IS stark, raving loony, however.

2 September 2012 at 08:29  
Blogger Di said...


2 September 2012 at 08:38  
Blogger Di said...

Parliament concentrates the 650 biggest egos and greatest ambitions in one spot. No surprise then that disloyalty and back-stabbing is the norm.

2 September 2012 at 08:41  
Blogger Gnostic said...

A good point is a good point even if the attire is attrocious. Besides, as Preacher points out, there's a good chance they aren't her personal choice of clothes.

5 September 2012 at 06:54  

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