Nadine Dorries says she doesn't 'fancy' Boris Johnson
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If anyone knows how to cringe out the internet, it’s Nadine Dorries.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has never been far away from the headlines over recent months, and she’s been very busy during that time.

She’s done everything from arriving on TikTok with a rap about the online safety bill, to giving car crash interviews and totally misunderstanding how Channel 4 is funded.

The MP for Mid Bedfordshire has established herself as one of Boris Johnson's biggest fans, ready to defend him against all odds - and she's made it abundantly clear that she doesn't fancy him too.

But it’s her willingness to go out in front of the cameras to bat for the PM that has brought so many unforgettable – and often lamentable – clips to our news feeds.

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These are some of Dorries’ most cringeworthy moments.

When she inadvertently slammed the Tories’ Covid preparations

In what has to be one of the biggest political self-owns in the post-Covid world, Dorries seemed to inadvertently slam the Tories’ own Covid preparations by calling them "wanting and inadequate".

And why did she badmouth her own government’s handling of the biggest tragedy since WWII? In order to slate Jeremy Hunt who was having a pop at Boris Johnson before the confidence vote.

When she claimed Boris Johnson wasn’t booed at the Queen’s jubilee when he was

Dorries is so ready to step in and defend Johnson at any given time that she even tried to claim that he wasn’t being booed at the Queen’s jubilee.

Only, everyone who had seen the footage knew that wasn’t the case.

The Culture minister said that Johnson and his wife Carrie were not greeted with boos after they arrived at St Paul's Cathedral for the National Thanksgiving Service, writing: “There were far, far more cheers, but that doesn’t make a good headline does it."


When she rapped about the online safety bill

@nadinedorriesmp

How we’re making the internet safer 🖐🏻🎤 #onlinesafety #internet #ukpolitics #nadinedorries #news #government #law #freespeech #content #blowthisup #fyp


Politicians and rapping should never mix. But yet, Dorries left plenty of people horrified after posting a rap about the online safety bill on TikTok.

In what looked a lot like a misjudged attempt to get down with the kids, the rap begins: “The UK is passing some new legislation, to make the internet safer for a younger generation.”

“It’s effectively a framework to protect internet users from scams, illegal content and anonymous abusers. It will force big tech to stop their terms being breached, and puts in measures to defend free speech."

Worst of all, it inspired Andrew Neil to get involved and try his hand at rhyming too.


When she posted a clip of the Queen dancing to Lizzo

@nadinedorriesmp

Let the countdown begin!! 🎉 #jubilee #thequeen #royalfamily #london

There’s not a lot we can say about this one. When everyone else was focusing on the first heavily redacted Sue Gray report, Dorries was busy posting a bizarre clip of the Queen doing a dance to Lizzo’s 'About Damn Time'. Very weird.


When she posted word for word the same message as Boris Johnson

Dorries clearly follows the direction of Johnson very closely – so closely, in fact, that she copied a message for deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner word for word.

Johnson posted a message of support for Rayner after the Labour MP hit back at “perverted smears” made against her. It came following reports in the Mail on Sunday which claimed that Tory MPs have accused Labour’s deputy leader of distracting the prime minister by “crossing and uncrossing her legs” during PMQs.

Johnson wrote on Twitter: “As much as I disagree with @AngelaRayner on almost every political issue I respect her as a parliamentarian and deplore the misogyny directed at her anonymously today.”

Dorries clearly liked the message, as she copied and pasted it directly and tweeted it out herself.


When she didn’t know how Channel 4 was funded

The actual Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport showed she didn’t understand how Channel 4 was funded last year – despite leading the charge to get the whole thing privatised.

Speaking during a select committee hearing in November 2021, Dorries claimed Channel 4 is “in receipt of public money” when discussing the future of the channel.

In reality, it doesn’t.

She added: "I would argue that to say that, just because Channel 4′s been established as a public service broadcaster and just because it’s in receipt of public money, we should never audit the future of Channel 4 and we should never evaluate how Channel 4 looks in the future and whether or not it’s a sustainable and viable model. It’s quite right that the government should do that.”


When she talked about Boris Johnson kicking a dog

Dorries somehow managed to turn a political interview into a conversation about kicking a booting a beloved pet earlier this year, in one of the more surreal moments from her media appearances to date.

Discussing the impact of Partygate, Dorries revealed that the only way he would lose her support is if he kicked a dog.

In an interview with CNN she said: "If he went up and kicked a dog, I would probably withdraw my support of him. But no, based on his professional delivery for the UK, no absolutely not.”


When she took part in three disastrous interviews in a single day

Dorries made headlines back in February after taking part in three disastrous media interviews on the same day, in which she tried to defend Johnson following the publication of the redacted Gray report.

That week, the PM found himself the subject of a backlash after accusing Sir Keir Starmer of failing to prosecute disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile when he was head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – something which a fact-check by Reuters last October concluded there was no evidence to support the claim.

The back-to-back car crash interviews in support of the prime minister saw Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy ask her about the "fake news" perpetrated by the prime minister in the Commons. The presenter described the claims as an "old meme repeated by conspiracy theorists", but Dorries insisted "the prime minister tells the truth".


That BBC Breakfast interview

On the Saturday after those aforementioned interviews, she appeared on BBC Breakfast where she was interviewed by Charlie Stayt. However, the wheels soon fell off their chat when he asked whether she had spoke to the prime minister resulting in television gold of the wrong kind.


When she accused the BBC of nepotism and irony died

Dorries attempted to hit out at the BBC by accusing it of “nepotism” – only for it to awkwardly backfire.

The MP was speaking at the Conservative Party conference when she accused the corporation of “nepotism” – seemingly forgetting that she employed her daughters to work in her MP office less than a decade ago.

She said: “We’re having a discussion about how the BBC can become more representative of the people who pay the licence fee, and how it can be more accessible to people from all backgrounds, not just people whose mum and dad worked there.”

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