Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Nadine Dorries MP: Behind The Price Of Milk

"Unfortunately, I think that not only are Cameron and Osborne two posh boys who don't know the price of milk, but they are two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition, and no passion to want to understand the lives of others - and that is their real crime."

Tory MP Nadine Dorries talking to the BBC's Daily Politics Show.
In fine she is correct - this is a government led by a cabal of ex-public school boy millionaires who have no idea how the other 99% live.
If only we could leave it there. 
The quote has been blown up by the media as a killer punch to David Cameron and George Osborne.
It sums up a regular recent Blimpish bleat from the Tory right that argues issues like gay marriage are only of interest to some metropolitan liberal elite, and are alienating the party from many ordinary voters.
Naturally the Telegraph loves Dorries's latest outburst.
But what does Nadine Dorries really mean?
Is it really a concern about the price of petrol and pasties and milk?
She's made her media name in the last two years mainly by mouthing off against social, specifically sexual, liberalism, and pushing pointless Private Members' bills about abortion and teaching sexual abstinence to schoolgirls.
Chris Bryant called the last one "the daftest piece of legislation I have seen".
I think she's a complete mentalist, but then even her colleagues call her "Mad Nad".
But it is exactly "this sort of thing" that vexes her far more than the cost of living.
Here she is ten days ago expanding on her theme for her blog for ConservativeHome;

'Social liberalism has always been an indulgence of the wealthy. The people who can afford to enjoy liberalism whilst protecting their own children from the societal influences of such by sending them to the most expensive schools. In addition to the majority of the British public being far from social liberals, they also aren’t stupid. They know that each family struggles financially whilst we send a 'billion of our hard earned cash to Europe each year.
'They know that gay marriage is a side issue which many gay couples living outside of London or bohemian Brighton (sorry Graeme) have no interest in and as one gay couple articulated to me in my constituency, “we wish Cameron and others would just shut the **** up and leave us alone in our civil partnership”. This from a couple who happily contribute to their local community and resent their relationship becoming a focus point for discussion as they queue for fish and chips and get on with their lives. Not all gay couples live in the south of England.
'And that is just about what everyone is doing, getting on with their busy lives and surviving to do too much about any of the disconnect they feel, however, suddenly a new dynamic has entered the political arena and penetrated the chatter bubble of everyone’s daily lives.'

Be afraid, be very afraid.

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