Saturday, 22 January 2011

Abort! Abort!

So much was happening in politics yesterday that the latest thoughts of the Tory MP Nadine Dorries, which she shared with the Catholic Herald, were in danger of going unreported (except by Andy McSmith of the Independent). She describes her own mood as a "bit low" after the hammering she took during the expenses scandal and the more recent revelation of her affair with a married man.

But Dorries was in feisty form as she berated church leaders for failing to take a moral lead – not on the sanctity of marriage, but on abortion. Dorries has been fighting a lonely fight to have abortion laws tightened.

"The churches have been pathetic, pathetic, during the abortion debate in their support for what I was trying to do," she complained. "The Church of England was the worst and the only person in the Catholic Church who made any comment was Cardinal O'Brien. Everybody was silent because the churches were weak and cowardly."

Of journalists, she said: "I can't believe that journalists, by and large, can be happy people because I don't think it's possible to write in such a vitriolic and hateful way and be happy, and for good things to happen to you."

Oh dear, the world is really letting this poor woman down.

The Independent