Was Nadine Dorries right to criticise Cameron? – By Aidan Press

27 Apr

Just a few weeks after the heavily criticised budget, both David Cameron and George Osborne have found themselves under fire again.  This time, however, the bullets have come from within their own ranks with Mid-Bedfordshire’s MP, Nadine Dorries, directing her frustration at the two former Bullingdon Club members.

I would just like to point out at this stage that I have an enormous amount of respect for all three of Cameron, Osborne and Dorries but, here, I just want to focus on Dorries and the Prime Minister.  In this article, I want to explore whether, or not, Dorries was right to criticise the Prime Minister.

Tensions between Dorries and Cameron first became clear when, following, what was widely viewed as an attempted pro-life amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, Dorries urged the Prime Minister during PMQs to stand up to his coalition partner, Nick Clegg.  Since then, it appears that the couple have not kissed and made up and, in the last week, Dorries has reignited the tensions by stating her belief that the Prime Minister is an ‘arrogant posh boy’ who has ‘no passion to want to understand the lives of others’.  These statements, just a few weeks after a highly criticised budget and rumours of a leadership challenge, have, naturally, became national news.

Now, it is fair to say that David Cameron does, perhaps, have more money in his pocket than the average person, but is he really as out of touch as Nadine Dorries seems to be suggesting?  There is plenty of evidence to suggest that he is not. Firstly, in the recent budget, a Cameron-led government acted to raise the personal allowance to around £10,000 and, therefore, allowing millions of families to be either lifted out of tax altogether or to have more money in their pockets.  Regardless of whether this is an idea that has come from Cameron’s fellow Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats in government, it is a Cameron-led government that has delivered a policy that really seems to have connected with the less well-off in the United Kingdom.

Cameron also boasts that his party is the one with the lowest average council tax on a Band D home, that it is his party that has acted to freeze council tax and that it is the Conservatives who are leading the way in ensuring transparency in government at all levels.  There is not a single one of these that could be, realistically, suggested to be ‘out of touch’; in fact, many would perhaps consider these policies to be more helpful to society than those of the previous administration.

It is because of policies like these that I am forced to consider whether, or not, in this case, Dorries’ claims are valid and, it is because of these, that I find myself thinking that, this time, Nadine Dorries is in the wrong.  With all due respect, I fear that the views promoted by the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire may have been inspired by bottled-up frustration following her initial disagreement with the Prime Minister over Nick Clegg rather than David Cameron’s actual character.

From a personal point of view, my MP is Labour’s Dennis Skinner, my grandfather worked in the mines, I went to a state school and was taught by a local SWP leader and my father drives a lorry for a living.  As well as all of these factors, I have met David Cameron.  Do I think that he is arrogant, posh and out-of-touch?  Well, I certainly believe that he is from a more privileged background than myself, yes, but I do not feel that is arrogant or out-of-touch.  Cameron became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the middle of an economic crisis which has only worsened, partly due to the Greek/Eurozone crisis.  I believe that Cameron’s government is taking the right steps to ensure a bright future for our nation and I believe that a few of the examples mentioned here illustrate this perfectly.

Undoubtedly, times are hard in the United Kingdom at the moment but I believe that, despite what Nadine Dorries appears to be suggesting, David Cameron is the best person to be leading this country through these tough times.

Photo: John Robertson

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3 Responses to “Was Nadine Dorries right to criticise Cameron? – By Aidan Press”

  1. Roger Smith June 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    You’re too generous. The policy examples that you cite are valid, but must be set against the string of others that resulted in a U-turn; I believe that the count currently stands at 35.

    So how do you get it so right and so wrong? Answer, by allowing your policy to be driven by think-tanks and focus groups, who have their own agenda. And when Cameron does engage in a consultation process, and it doesn’t come up with the “right” result, his instinct is to ignore it.

    So Nadine is right: Cameron’s failing is that he isn’t worldly wise enough to challenge the advice he receives. Contrast that with Margaret Thatcher, who was always open to persuasion, but only after the most rigorous scrutiny from someone who had worked her way up from a very modest beginning.

    Turning now to Nadine, who is my MP, I despair of so-called Tory eurosceptics, who sound off, but to no avail whatsoever. The Conservative manifesto commits the UK to playing an active role from within the EU. If you disagree with that core policy, and seek to overturn it at a party conference, fine. But when you fail, or don’t even try, and the policy is leading the country to disaster, surely you owe it to your constituents to find another party whose views you can agree with?

    When I put that to Nadine in the lobby, she dismissed UKIP as a single-issue party. Putting aside the fact that that is the now the most important issue of the day, UKIP actually has a full slate of policies with which no true Conservative could argue. However, there’s none so blind as those who will not see. So Cameron and Dorries: a plague on both their houses!

    • Aidan Press June 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

      Hi Roger,

      Thank you for your comment! You raise some interesting and important points!

      I too consider Europe to be one of the most important issues that we face at this point in time and I only wish that the Conservative Party would, at least, officially welcome other ideas and I hope that they will soon recognise that it is their official pro-Europe position that is leading to many members defecting to UKIP, who have done an amazing job in regards to Europe.

      Further, I accept that many of the U-turns that have been made have been due to poor policy ideas, however, I feel that this government is actually listening unlike past governments, both Labour and Conservative, and I feel that is only a good thing.

      Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider David Cameron to be the new Thatcher, he is simply not that type of politician. I do, however, feel that much of Dorries’ criticism is uncalled for as I believe that, at this time, he is the best leader that any of the three major parties in parliament has to offer,

      I do agree with many of your points though and can only say again how I long for the Conservative Party to question our position within the EU!

      • Roger Smith June 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

        Ask the doctors, or anyone else in the NHS, whether or not Cameron is listening.

        As for him being “the best leader that any of the three major parties in parliament has to offer”, that may be so – but it still leaves him about three orders of magnitude below Nigel Farage.

        Tonight Cameron is still going on about saving the euro, even as Frau Merkel is calling for more political union. We may not save ourselves by leaving the EU, but by God we would help ourselves!

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