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Culture legislation review prompts question: was Dorries allowed to do whatever she wanted?

Michelle Donelan: this is the only image of her that This Writer could find, in which she didn’t have an enormous, daft grin all over her face.

New Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan is reviewing plans by her forerunner Nadine Dorries to privatise Channel 4 and scrap the BBC licence fee, and also the proposed Online Harms Bill.

Doesn’t this suggest that those plans were not widely supported by the Tory Party and that Dorries was put at the top of that department by Boris Johnson to do nothing more than distract attention away from him?

Also being revisited are provisions around “legal but harmful” speech in the Online Harms legislation.

The review of Channel 4 comes amid criticisms that privatising the channel would harm the future of many TV production companies at a time when new prime minister Liz Truss wants to create growth. The two policies would therefore appear to contradict each other.

With the BBC, Ms Donelan has admitted being sceptical about the viability of the licence fee. But she has said that coverage of the Queen’s funeral was excellent – and the kind of thing that streaming services could not provide.

Source: Ministers to review Channel 4 privatisation and scrapping of BBC licence fee

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Is this the reason police won’t investigate Twitter disputes ‘simply because someone is offended’?

Offensive: Police have been told not to investigate Twitter posts as hate crimes just because they offend people – but is it because the person in charge of policing the internet is a principle offender? This image has offended people – and was posted by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Nadine Dorries.

This is interesting:

Police should stop “wasting time” investigating when people are offended, a senior police chief has said.

Stephen Watson, chief constable of Greater Manchester, admitted police had been overzealous in recording trivial online spats and legitimate debate as hate incidents at the expense of tackling mainstream crimes.

Mr Watson welcomed revised guidance by the College of Policing, the national standards body, as a “move in the right direction”. It has decreed that police officers should no longer investigate legitimate debate or treat trivial online spats as hate incidents.

The guidance, hailed as a victory for free speech, said people contributing to political and social debate must not be “stigmatised simply because someone is offended”.

But is this the reason?

Source: Police told to stop wasting time on Twitter disputes ‘simply because someone is offended’

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Tories don’t want a competent leader – they want a colourful one. Here’s Nadine Dorries

[Image: The Prole Star.]

This should make you quail over your coffee: Nadine Dorries could be the Conservative Party’s choice as its next leader after Boris Johnson is finally shifted out of Number 10 (possibly by using a large amount of Domestos).

Tory rebels trying to push Johnson out with a ‘no confidence’ vote earlier this week were hamstrung by the lack of alternative leadership candidates; Johnson has surrounded himself with fools and nonentities.

The problem was summed up by Hugo Gye of the I, who stated how one MP was scathing about every alternative leader, saying: “Rishi’s a blown flush as we all know. Liz Truss is monotone – you know she’s not planning a leadership challenge because she hasn’t done her hair this week. Tugendhat’s going around saying he should be prime minister but nobody else thinks so!”

The “monotone” issue will be the one that harms the Tories the most. They know Johnson can’t stay – like it or not, the confidence vote means he’s now nothing more than a caretaker PM until another may be found – but they also know they’ll sink if they can’t unite behind another “character”.

They think they need somebody with a big personality who can get the kind of strong reaction from everyone that Johnson won.

And here’s Nadine Dorries.

She certainly has a colourful history. A quick scan through her Wikipedia entry shows a controversy over whether she slept with another MP, a long-running issue over her expenses claims culminating in her vowing to campaign to change the system, and another controversy over the use of the House of Commons ‘Portcullis’ symbol on her blog – making it seem to have Parliamentary endorsement or authority when she herself admitted it was “70% fiction and 30% fact” (although she later withdrew that statement).

The Conservative Party suspended Dorries from the party whip in November 2012 after she announced that she would be appearing on TV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as a contestant. It seems she had not informed anybody that she intended to be absent from Parliament.

She regained the whip early the following year, after it was suggested that she would join UKIP otherwise – and shortly afterwards suggested that joint Conservative-UKIP candidates could stand in the next general election (an idea that Tory HQ swiftly dismissed).

In 2019, Boris Johnson appointed her to be a minister for mental health, despite the fact that she had published a disability hate tweet two years previously, describing Twitter trolls as “window lickin'”.

The phrase “window lickers” originated as a term of abuse for people with Down’s syndrome or cerebral palsy and now tends to be used as a term to attack disabled people in general.

In 2020, Dorries made an abortive attempt to discredit Labour leader Keir Starmer by sharing a misleading video created by far-right activists, claiming to show Starmer explaining “why he didn’t prosecute grooming gangs”, when in fact he was explaining why he implemented reforms as the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The account that originally posted the material had previously posted racist content, and commentators like This Writer questioned why Dorries (and other Tory MPs who shared this material) had anything to do with it in the first place.

As culture secretary, Dorries was desperate to appoint foul-mouthed far-right former Mail editor Paul Dacre as chairman of communications regulator Ofcom, even though the interview panel deemed him “not appointable”. Her response was an abortive attempt to change the conditions under which the appointment could be made.

Defending Boris Johnson over the Partygate scandal, Dorries tried to deflect attention by claiming that “we have won the war on Covid in this country”. Then she tried to defend Johnson’s indefensible repetition of the falsehood that Labour leader Keir Starmer refused to prosecute Jimmy Savile for child abuse (he didn’t have anything to do with the decision). A spoof video of the interview presented her as a Catherine Tate character, spouting the line “Am I bothered?” repeatedly.

In another TV interview, BBC news anchor Charlie Stayt was repeatedly confused by Dorries’s apparent inability to answer a single question about Johnson.

She’s colourful – you can’t deny it!

So it should come as no surprise that at least one member of the public has tipped her as Johnson’s replacement.

To the Tories, she must now seem a logical choice. She’s as controversial as Johnson. She’s certainly as crazed as he is. She shows not the slightest inclination to listen to anybody else and every sign that she’ll do whatever she pleases until such time as someone forces her attention toward any rules that constrict her.

She’s another lunatic for the public to get behind.

The only losers will be everybody in the UK who’ll have to live through yet another Conservative-driven disaster.

Dorries contradicts herself – badly – over sale of Channel 4

Not making sense: Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has been telling us that Channel 4 must be sold because it is not making enough in advertising revenue – but it is in fact making record profits. Confronted with that fact, she said that means now is a good time to sell it. So it IS all about making money, then!

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has come badly unstuck on her reasons for selling Channel 4.

Giving evidence to the Commons Culture Committee on Thursday (May 19), she said Channel 4 is dependent on just one stream of revenue – advertising – but income is falling as advertisers have more choice. She claimed Netflix would be a better option.

And the government cannot allow Channel 4 to borrow to invest, because the taxpayer would be liable for those debts, she said. This actually does make sense of one of the restrictions on the channel’s funding.

But later in the session, the SNP’s John Nicolson pointed out that Channel 4 is currently making record profits – belying what Dorries has been saying about advertising revenue.

Her response?

“That means it would be a good time to sell.”

This is a woman who – like the character Eccles in The Goon Show – refuses to be defeated by logic.

If someone tried to make her understand how gravity works, we may reasonably expect her to say – like Eccles did – that she stays on the ground because she lives there.

What a goon.

And her answer reveals that this sale is not about what’s best for Channel 4.

It’s about making fast money for a spendthrift government.

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Dorries defies public opinion to push ahead with Channel 4 privatisation

Cash cow: campaigning organisation We Own It created this banner, with a highly-relevant message. And why DO the Tories want to privatise Channel 4 so much? For their own profit?

What is the point of the government running a public consultation if it is only going to ignore the result because it disagrees with it?

That is the question we should ask after a public consultation on Nadine Dorries’s plan to privatise Channel 4 showed that a massive 24/25 of the public don’t want it to happen.

96% of responses to a Government consultation said they did not agree with the statement that there are “challenges in the current TV broadcasting market” that present barriers to “a sustainable Channel Four” staying in public hands.

Just 2% said they agreed.

A large number of responses to the consultation came through the social campaigning organisation 38 Degrees, which rephrased the Government’s statement as: “Do you think Channel Four should be privatised?”

But even with these stripped out of the figures, the vast majority of the other respondents – 89% – disagreed that Channel Four is facing challenges to a successful future in public ownership, while 5% agreed.

Dorries has unilaterally decided that the 55,737 UK citizens who responded to her consultation don’t matter.

In a response, she reiterated her claim that the broadcaster faces “serious challenges” and that anyone “choosing to dismiss them” is “burying their head in the sand”.

It seems to This Writer that it is the Culture Secretary who is burying her head in the sand!

Her counter-claim is that Channel 4’s current ownership model, as a publicly-owned, advertising-funded broadcaster, is too restrictive.

But it is a model dictated by the government. Dorries says after the channel is privatised it will be better-able to make its own programmes, because the government will then lift restrictions on borrowing money or raising private sector capital by issuing shares.

While remaining in public ownership would preclude the issuing of shares, it would be perfectly possible for the government to vary Channel 4’s current ownership model to provide it with other forms of revenue generation in order to make, and then sell, programmes.

There is absolutely no need at all – and no public desire – for Channel 4 to be privatised.

But Dorries is determined to do it anyway.

Governments don’t make any changes lightly. They always act (in the case of good governments) in the public interest or (in the case of bad governments like that of Boris Johnson) in their own members’ selfish self-interest.

Look at the increasing influence on the National Health Service of private health companies who count dozens (if not hundreds) of MPs as shareholders.

Dorries’s decision means it is appropriate for us to ask: what do the Tories hope to get out of this? And why should we tolerate the loss of another great public institution to their greed?

Source: Nine in 10 people disagree with Government plans to privatise Channel 4 – survey

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Nadine Dorries appoints new charity regulator – the wrong way

Nadine Dorries: wrong again.

If you heard a job had become available because a candidate had failed, went for it, and then found you weren’t considered because the bosses couldn’t be bothered to do it all again, wouldn’t you be upset?

If so, you can understand why the House of Commons Culture committee refused to endorse Nadine Dorries’s decision to make Orlando Fraser the new chair of the Charity Commission.

Mr Fraser was only appointed because Dorries’s original choice – Martin Thomas, who was reported to be a long-time friend of Boris Johnson – resigned after just a week in the job over allegations of inappropriate behaviour in a previous post.

She simply went back to her shortlist and appointed the candidate who was next on the list – to the disgust of the Culture committee:

Withholding its approval for Mr Fraser’s appointment, the cross-party Culture Committee said in its report that Ms Dorries should have initiated an entirely new selection process at that point, rather than picking another candidate from the existing shortlist.

The “slapdash” failure to rerun the process raised “serious concerns” about the selection process and the lack of diversity in the shortlist, the committee said.

The controversy has cast a shadow over Mr Fraser’s tenure, before he even started in the job.

No matter what he does now, he will always be considered a second-best choice who only get the role because a government minister couldn’t be bothered to do her job properly.

Source: Nadine Dorries appoints new charity regulator in face of objections from parliamentary committee

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Has Ukraine given Nadine Dorries a ‘road to Damascus’ moment about the BBC?

Dorries v the BBC: only last month she was evading reasonable questions from the BBC’s Charlie Stait about then-beleaguered prime minister Boris Johnson.

Have a look (and listen) at this potentially Oscar-winning performance from Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries, discussing the brilliance of (among others) BBC reporters in Ukraine:

It’s a far cry from what she was saying, only a few months ago!

See/hear for yourself:

Back then, she was pushing the lie of BBC bias – which isn’t that it isn’t unbiased, of course (it is), but is that it is biased against her Tory Party and its politics. In fact, the BBC has bent over backwards to appease Tories like the inconsistent Nadine – all for nothing.

She has frozen the licence fee for two years and has demanded that the BBC must find a different way of funding itself in the very near future.

So, to return to the question posed in the headline: has Nadine Dorries really had a Damascene transformation?

No.

If she had, she would be putting her own war on the BBC into reverse. She isn’t.

It’s just another Tory hypocrisy that has been revealed by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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#CarCrash: culture secretary’s TV interview is comedy of awkwardness

Who’s the most confused? Charlie Stayt, who can’t get a straight answer, or Nadine Dorries – in her natural state?

Nadine Dorries epitomises the Tory dilemma: Boris Johnson proved himself incapable of leading, but all his lieutenants are daft. Who could possibly replace him?

The Culture Secretary, who’s determined to destroy the BBC, was interviewed on that broadcaster’s Breakfast show today (February 5), when presenter Charlie Stayt found her inability to answer basic questions about her boss confusing:

What an awkward interview.

It really does offer validity to a comment on Twitter: “Perhaps No 10 and Parliament does need drug testing after all.”

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‘Mad Nad’ holes Johnson below the waterline – while defending him

Poetic justice: Nadine Dorries was (perhaps indirectly) attacking people with mental health conditions but now her own behaviour puts her on a worse level than the people she was DIRECTLY criticising [Image: The Prole Star.]

Presumably Nadine Dorries was trying to defend the prime minister who made her one of the unlikeliest Cabinet ministers of them all.

But it’s hard to tell, considering the content of these interviews.

First, she tried to tell us Johnson and his government have won the fight against Covid-19:

(If anybody won that battle it would be the NHS but with many thousands of new infections still happening every day, we’re a long way from that point at the time of writing.)

Then, she tried to defend Johnson’s indefensible repetition of the falsehood that Labour leader Keir Starmer refused to prosecute Jimmy Savile for child abuse (he didn’t have anything to do with the decision):

Dorries’s performance was so dire, it has already spawned a spoof:

Back in the day, ministers would have resigned in embarrassment – but that is now too much to hope.

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