In the light of her own campaign of fibbery and sentiment to persuade MPs to vote for change in the abortion limit - including a sordid alliance with far right "christian" elements - it seems quite remarkable that the maddening fraud Nadine Dorries should describe opponents using true facts and real figures to make their own case as "guilty" of whipping. Here's the Mail quoting the Fibber:
‘The tactics used to defeat my proposals were disgraceful,’ said Ms Dorries. ‘Ms Harman ran a fully-fledged whipping operation in all but name. This was supposed to be a non-political debate but she has politicised it.
‘The case for reducing the time limit for abortions to 20 weeks is irrefutable both on moral and scientific grounds. We are not giving up on this. From now on, the gloves are off.’
Goodness me. So all that lying and cheating (and "whipping") was Nads with the gloves on? Response please:
Ms Harman last night denied she had acted improperly. ‘It is deplorable that people who lost the argument now attempt to cry foul,’ she said. ‘It was a free vote and I worked with others to ensure that as many MPs as possible voted for the status quo.
‘We won because we had the most persuasive arguments. It is totally untrue that there was any kind of whipping operation.’
PICTURE FROM THE MAIL: Neither Harman nor the Deputy Speaker can believe the lies tripping off Nadine's forked tongue. Below, the changes in the timing of terminations under the current and previous limit (BBC). The survival rate at 23 weeks has remained completely unchanged in the last two decades.