Nadine Dorries, for it is she, has waded into another argument and been left with egg on her face… again.
This time it is over the BBC. She said the broadcaster is riven by bias and staffed by people “whose mum and dad worked there”, despite Boris Johnson urging colleagues to dial down culture war rhetoric.
However, Dorries herself faced criticism in 2013 for employing two of her daughters as staff in her parliamentary office at a cost of up to £80,000.
In 2013 she was one of 155 Tory MP – including five ministers – who employed family members last year at a total cost of up to £327,000 – all of it funded from the public purse.
She even boosted the salary of her daughter Philippa, 28, into the £40,000-£44,999 pay band from the £30,400 she was earning as a constituency caseworker.
She also paid her daughter Jennifer, 26, up to £35,000 to work as a ‘senior secretary’.
Nadine Dorries insisted she did not want a “war” with the broadcaster but suggested it would have to set out how it will change before the next licence fee settlement, which covers the five years from April 2022.
At a Conservative Party conference fringe event she admitted “I don’t know” if the broadcaster will even survive in 10 years’ time in the face of competition from new players such as Netflix.
She also said: “Levelling up isn’t about regional growth figures, it’s not about connectivity, it’s about none of that, it’s about people.
“The people it’s about the most are people who come from a background like mine who want to be the next Grand Slam champion but can’t afford the private tennis lessons; who want to be the next Daisy Edgar-Jones but their mum or dad aren’t head of entertainment at Sky; or they want to be Benedict Cumberbatch but they don’t go to private school.
“I want to go back to those kids and find them a pathway into the industry.”
The Culture Secretary dismissed suggestions that a woman should replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.
“Why do people think that when a man gets tired of a certain pair of shoes, maybe a woman should fill them? Let’s create a whole new role for a woman.”
And she said her favourite author as a child was the “very un-PC” Enid Blyton.
Blyton has been criticised for racism and xenophobia in her books, but Ms Dorries said they should not be censored: “Leave it, because that’s our heritage. People don’t have to buy it, they don’t have to read it.”
As you can imagine her hypocrisy was called out by quite a few folk online.
This is also very amusing, by Led By Donkeys.