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Nadine Dorries’ blog taken down

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Overnight sensation

I think I’m one of those who are starting to find that the revelations about MPs expenses are becoming rather tedious now, and as I’ve said already in here WE’VE GOT THE MESSAGE (I’m shouting so The Telegraph can hear). I think the politicians have got the message too, and some of them will not be serving in the next Parliament as a result of thier grasping venality.

We all now know that the expenses system was not fit for purpose, initial moves have been made to reform it, and more will follow, I have no doubt at all that the next Parliament will build upon those reforms to bring the system into the 21st century. Yesterday I laughed and chuckled as Nadine Dorries told us how some MPs were on the verge of cracking up and The Daily Mail told us that “trick cyclists” had been hired at tax payers’ expense to counsel worried MPs, Nadine also alleged in her blog (now only available in Google’s cache) that the owners of the Daily Telegraph were using the story to boost it’s circulation and profits and attempting to destabilise Parliament to meet their aim of helping both UKIP and the BNP at the EU elections (cue more laughs).

Then this morning Dizzy reveals that the Tory MP’s blog has been taken down following an overnight action by lawyers acting for the Telegraph’s owners:

Lawyers acting for the Barclay brothers, Withers, instructed the takedown to Acidity via mail last night, citing the Acceptable User Policy. The takedown will be bolstered by the Godfrey vs Demon precendent, where an order can be made and it will be done instantly.

Of course, if the website was being hosted in the USA it would be much harder to order the instant takedown. You’d think though, that if the allegations were moonbat untrue there would just be a “point, laugh and call them ridiculous” strategy rather than ordering a takedown to gag Nadine from saying it.

This is especially the case I would’ve thought because once Recess is over, Nadine would be free to say such things in the House and be protected by Parliamentary Privilege. By taken her down like this the Telegraph will have fed the very idea of some sort of hidden agenda. Suppression, whether it is of speech that is right or wrong, is usually counterproductive.

He then goes on to add:

Interesting to note that the day after Nadine makes allegations that the Telegraph has a hidden proprietor driven agenda to drive votes to UKIP (I repeat this is an allegation not a proven truth), her blog gets taken down by lawyers and then this morning’s Telegraph carries not only more expenses scandals but a gushing piece about UKIP.

Conspiracy theories are always a good laugh, and so was Nadine Dorries at times, but I don’t think the current news narrative helps in making these alleged theories go away. What price free speech these days, huh?

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Written by curly

May 23, 2009 at 10:32 am

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  1. Watched on tv yesterday,I can’t think of a way to be nice about her so I won’t say anything and no the Telegraph is a business and it’s job is to sell newspapers and no it’s not tiresome or tedious,it’s about time these arrogant politico’s were taken down,the damage they have done and hidden from the voters is beyond any feelings as to what happens to them,the draconian laws they have put into place and have allowed to be put into place against British people is disgusting,the Conservatives are just a complicit as Labour and Libdems for what’s happened,I was a Conservative but now I will have to see.


    May 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

  2. The **** blocked all critical comments. All of them and probably wrote all the positive ones herself.


    May 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm

  3. I doubt all is what it seems in this event. To what extent was Dorries offered a chance to respond to the Telegraph’s demands, and to what extent did she treat those demands with due whatever?

    Either way, this appears to be yet another distraction from the issue at hand; Dorries, instead of admitting that she broke the rules (she clearly broke the rules) suddenly claims that the rules were meant be broken:

    Tim Ireland

    May 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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