Nadine Dorries MP: Louise Mensch was wrong to back The Sun against Prince Harry
Writing with a mother’s heart, I find it impossible to condemn the foolish frolics of Prince Harry, who serves in our armed forces - against the will of the establishment - and risks his life along with the rest of our brave troops each and every working day.
I gave birth to my daughter around the same time Harry was born and I suppose I have watched him grow up, along with everyone else, via the media.
For my own daughter, I have been a constant presence, the daily backdrop to her life. Always there for her, I have played the role which, like all mothers, provides the invisible, subtle boundaries that all children need in place to bounce off.
Harry lost his own mother at the age of twelve, possibly one of the most formative years of his young life, and which of us who watched Diana’s funeral, can forget the very brave little soldier in the face of the world’s cameras, following her coffin.
There can be no doubt that had Harry’s mother lived, he would be a very different person today. However, that doesn’t mean he still wouldn’t have got his kit off in a private party whilst playing strip pool.
He may have been a foolish Prince, but he is our Prince, and that is why I find the photographs being published by a British newspaper so utterly reprehensible. Newspapers which spent days, if not weeks, covering the funeral of his mother, who was after all literally driven to her death by the media.
It was a private party in a private room. Harry was not photographed paying for sex, taking illegal drugs, or engaging in anything other than a soldier letting off steam on holiday.
If he had been my son, his naked butt would have been roasted to Vegas and back again, but he isn’t and I am quite sure if his mother had been alive, he would have faced the same consequences.
I was bitterly disappointed to see the face of Louise Mensch, and the words taken from her interview on the Today programme supporting the Sun, used by the paper as a justification for their actions.
The Sun headline above the photograph of Louise Mensch stating, ‘MPs back the Sun’ is wrong. She is a former MP who has resigned midterm, supposedly for the sake of her family and has, without doubt, handed her seat to Labour. A pill very hard for some to swallow when she appears on her social media site and Twitter by the minute and has no problem leaving her family, popping up on the media on a regular basis, even to condemn Prince Harry.
One of the most unprofessional and undignified comments ever heard in a select committee hearing was when Louise Mensch announced that she had to leave a crucial, televised hearing involving the Murdochs, in order to do the school run. As she left she schmoozed to James Murdoch, in the witness chair at the time, ‘I believe we have children the same age’. This was stomach turning for female MPs, who act in a professional manner in order not to be judged lacking against our male peers, knowing that hell would freeze over before any male MP would behave in the same way.
Louise has always put her own ambitions first. She has spent her entire time in Parliament void of principle, as an ultimate loyalist Cameroon, regardless of the issues, and then commented in frustration ‘what do I have to do to get promoted?’.
Having schmoozed the Murdochs in a select committee, followed up by her backing of their sad decison to print the photographs, who knows, maybe she will be luckier in the job stakes this time now that she has made herself available, having walked away from a seat she knew she may lose at the next election?
However, I would ask the former MP, next time she wants to open her mouth about a boy who lost his mother at the hands of the media in a way which shocked the world, she might want to look to her own heart and wonder how she would feel?
After all, it’s not as though Prince Harry has admitted to taking illegal drugs, abandoned his post, or failed to turn up to work every Thursday in the style of Louise Mensch, now is it?