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Nadine Dorries: The Culture Secretary’s 11 latest gaffes and controversies

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has once again invited a storm of derision as she proclaimed that this summer’s Commonwealth Games will “finally put Birmingham on the map”.

Speaking during her latest media blitz on Thursday morning, the Cabinet minister, known not quite affectionately as ‘Mad Nad’ to some wary colleagues, hailed the sporting extravaganza as a boon for Britain’s second city already well known.

She drew further heat by accusing former Chancellor and Tory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak of orchestrating the downfall of her beloved Boris Johnson, claiming the PM was being kicked out of Downing Street State.

The Mid Bedfordshire MP and part-time novelist – who grew up on an estate in Liverpool and trained as a nurse in Warrington before running for office in 2005 – was no stranger to controversy long before she’s only beginning to position herself as an arch-warrior of Johnsonite culture and outspoken on Twitter.

After angering fellow Tories by calling David Cameron and George Osborne “two arrogant, posh boys who don’t know the price of milk”, she first garnered national fame by flying to the Australia in 2012 to be part of ITV. I’m a celebrity, get me out of here.

Mrs. Dorries was quickly written out of the show, but won the Bushtucker trial by performing an astonishing feat of endurance which saw her wolf devour a meal of cooked spider, camel toe, lamb’s testicle and ostrich anus before collapsing on a fermented duck egg.

But it was the Johnson era and her promotion to the front row that really allowed Ms Dorries to shine thanks to her willingness to defend the Prime Minister, whatever the cost to his own public image, comedians Joe Lycett and Sooz Kempner being the least capable. to resist sending it.

Here are just his 11 most recent brushes with notoriety, for the sake of brevity.

Accuses BBC of running on nepotism after hiring own daughters

At last October’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Ms Dorries raised her eyebrows as she told a Telegraph podcast that the BBC was made up of people “whose mums and dads worked there”, a baseless claim that only unearthed accusations of hypocrisy given that it had employed two of its daughters as staff in its parliamentary office in 2013 at a cost of up to £80,000 to the taxpayer.

She’s in form at it, having slammed LBC radio host James O’Brien on Twitter as a “f*** wit public school posh boy”, though she’s sent her own daughters at the same school his enemy attended – Ampleforth College, a fee-paying Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire.

Reveals ignorance of Channel 4’s funding model

During a select committee appearance on November 24 last year, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to give her full title, falsely claimed that Channel 4 there was “receiver of public money”, thus entirely undermining his insistence that he should be privatized and, arguably, his credibility in the job.

Although she doesn’t understand how the broadcaster is funded, she has since attacked it for its “edgy” news offerings, accused it of rigging its reality TV shows with paid actors and called its followers of “leftist lynching”.

Nadine Dorries says ‘pissed off’ Channel 4 News ‘does themselves no favours’

Gives three interviews about a car accident in one evening

A redacted version of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report into the Partygate scandal emerged on January 31, offering a damning assessment of Downing Street residents for breaking their own Covid rules to celebrate while the electorate stayed indoors .

In a heated session in the House of Commons following its publication, an agitated Boris Johnson fought desperately to defend himself, even launching a sinister and entirely false conspiracy theory about Sir Keir Starmer trying to protect the pedophile Jimmy Savile of Justice during his tenure as Director of Public Prosecutions, a libel for which he was later forced to apologize.

Afterwards, Ms Dorries attempted to defend the indefensible in a series of increasingly messy lobby interviews with Sky News, the BBC and Channel 4, insisting with gritted teeth that Mr Johnson “always says the truth” despite mounting evidence to the contrary, inspiring many, many memes.

Ridiculed for looking adoringly at the prime minister

Four days later, with the scandal still raging, Mr Johnson returned to be pilloried again in the House of Commons, an occasion in which Ms Dorries went viral again, this time for beaming admiration for his wounded Galahad from the front benches.

Social media began to wonder if she was really in love with him such was the intensity of her expression, an accusation she was eventually forced to deny when she appeared as a guest on the show. LBC from his sister Rachel on June 20.

Charlie Stayt’s interview

If those early interactions with the press in defense of Mr. Johnson were a disaster, another on BBC breakfast Saturday February 5th was downright weird.

Apparently calling into the studio from a haunted attic, Ms Dorries oddly took umbrage when the veteran presenter innocently asked her if she had spoken to the prime minister under fire in the past 24 hours.

“Why do you ask me this?” she replied dryly, causing bewilderment on one side and an icy silence on the other.

Nadine Dorries refuses to say how much she talks to Boris Johnson in awkward interview

An interview with CNN five days later took Mark Dorries across the Atlantic and found her saying she would be more offended by Mr Johnson kicking a dog than deceiving Parliament .

A more recent failed attempt to defend the Prime Minister came after he was booed by Royalists on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which she says will was produced despite clear video evidence captured at the scene.

The copy-paste tweet

“While I disagree with @AngelaRayner on almost every political issue, I respect her as a parliamentarian and deplore the misogyny directed at her anonymously today,” Boris Johnson tweeted on April 24, 2022.

“While I disagree with @AngelaRayner on nearly every policy issue, I respect her as a parliamentarian and deplore the misogyny directed at her anonymously today,” Nadine Dorries tweeted the same day.

Football pundit Gary Neville was among the millions who noticed the obvious cut-and-paste job and rightly uttered it “annoying”.

Raps on TikTok to promote online safety bill

This post on the May 27 viral video platform was just an all day cringe and should not be seen by the faint of heart.

The lyrical dodges in bloated legal warnings about Ofcom’s power to issue fines, the lazily chosen GIFs and the conscious mic drop at the end are almost shockingly lame.

Accidentally criticizes the government’s own pandemic planning

In one of the great self-rights of our time, Ms Dorries berated former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for his disloyalty to the Prime Minister ahead of the crucial vote of confidence in his leadership in a series of tweets on June 6 in which she qualified hers. government preparedness to tackle pre-Covid pandemics “willing and inadequate”.

Rugby union errors for rugby league

Much like the Channel 4 blunder, Ms Dorries raised serious questions about her fitness for the distinguished post she holds by traveling to St Helens on June 30 and gloating in the memory of the last-minute drop goal by Jonny Wilkinson against Australia in 2003. .

She could hardly have caused more offense locally if she had burst into the room and declared that Johnny Vegas was a mediocre potter.

Nadine Dorries takes rugby league for union in awkward blunder at World Cup

Accuses Sir Keir Starmer of being ‘boring’

With the government on its knees after Mr Johnson’s defenestration over the Chris Pincher affair and the Tory leadership candidates squabbling over who was the biggest Brexiteer and Thatcherite, Ms Dorries was back at the center of attention in the Commons for his rude heckling of the Leader of the Opposition.

Just as, in hindsight, Britain might prefer the ‘chaos’ with Ed Miliband that Mr Cameron warned us about in 2015 over the events of the past seven years, wouldn’t it be better to have a ‘boring’ prime minister at No. 10 for the foreseeable future if the current relentless cosmic whirlwind of catastrophe is what ‘excitement’ looks like?

Argues Liz Truss’ Affordable Earrings Make Her Leadership Material

With the ugly Tory parade to succeed Mr Johnson down to the bottom two, Ms Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Holmes and Watsons of deluded Johnsonism, have firmly backed Liz Truss and made it clear they view Mr Sunak as an arch-plotter against their idol.

Ahead of a key TV debate on July 25, she took to Twitter to cite the cost of the wealthy, independent Chancellor’s suit as the reason he was unfit to rule while defending Claire’s Accessories earrings at £4.50 £ from the Foreign Secretary as the stuff of great leadership, an attack that is as ridiculously superficial as it is frankly partisan.