Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Posts Tagged ‘Nadine Dorries’

Don Foster’s Twit of the Year

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 24th November, 2012

Don Foster has long been one of the most entertaining Liberal Democrat public speakers and since becoming a government Minister he has not lost his touch. Last evening he addressed the AGM of Kingston Liberal Democrats at Kingston Rugby Club, only occasionally letting his eye wander to the screen at the end of the room that was showing (silently) a match with his home team Bath playing. For two years he was at the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, thus enjoying a grandstand view of this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics. But in the recent reshuffle Don was moved to the Department for Communities and Local Government, under (fortunately not literally) Eric Pickles. As Don said last night, it has been a steep learning curve but he is a committed believer in local government. However, much of his speech was an amusing take on this week’s Away Day of LibDem parliamentarians at an anonymous hotel. After all the pep talks there was some light-hearted banter about some of the tweets LibDem MPs have posted, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, as our elected representatives show widely varying talents in the medium. The Twit of the Year, in Don’s view, was clearly the Chief Whip, Alistair Carmichael, who hit the jackpot with his tweet: “Nadine Dorries, I served with Lembit Opik, I knew Lembit Opik. Let me tell you, Nadine Dorries, you are no Lembit Opik.”


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The Man Who Can’t Say Sorry

Posted by jonathanfryer on Tuesday, 14th April, 2009

gordon-brownThe Labour Party has found itself in a hole with the McBride affair, the dastardly plan to slander leading Conservative politicians with fabricated scandalous stories and sexual innuendo. So what does Gordon Brown, master of 10 Downing Street do? Dig deeper!  An unequivocal and sincere apology would have drawn a line under the affair, as the justly aggrieved Tory MP,  Nadine Dorries, has pointed out. But the dour Scottish premier cannot bring himself to say sorry, instead expressing a mealy-mouthed ‘regret’. Regret at his team being found out, one assumes. As the affair drags on, Brown sends out into public his henchmen, Alan Johnson and Hazel Blears, to face the media and the public. But they are not allowed to say sorry, either. The order not to show genuine remorse has clearly come from the top, and the British voters will draw their own, appropriate conclusions about the true nature of the Brown government.

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