Thursday, February 04, 2010

Nadine Dorries MP, How Very Could You? Q23-27 Deep in the Liverpoo

Appeared as part of the Nuts in November series on 21 November 2009.

They say you should never ask a question unless you know the answer, so best press on before they all burn a hole in my pocket. But quickly. First, let's mop up some of the early doors CV flexing and creation mythology.

  • Question 23: You weren't born in or from a Council House now were you? To be fair this small whopper has been fetched back. But how did you come to allow this to appear in media stories in the first place?
  • Question 24: It's also not true that you were "mostly" brought up on a Council estate either is it? You were at very least 11 when you moved from the Anfield-Everton area Breck Road to Halewood? - perhaps gaming the school catchment lottery? - and you weren't even close to 22 when you left that home were you? So it's perhaps about a third. Do you ever get at all alarmed at all the inexactitudes littering your life story Nadine?
  • Question 25: Now here's strange. Hot on the heels of your born in a Council House / brought up on a Council estate twaddle came the story that your life in Breck Road was so poor that you were dressed from Salvation Army rags. Isn't that "we had it tough" whopper just made up for effect?
  • Question 26: And isn't the myth of a grandparent delivering Tory leaflets in this inner city area from your fancy pram just arrant cobblers too?

  • Question 27: Now, one of the favoured creation myths for the Bargery Years is that although brought up in the Anfield Everton area (not Halewood) and although a LFC fan rather than a toffee, your grandad or a little more arithmetically possible great grandad "George Bargery" (though we think Great Great or even Great Great Great would probably be it, Great Grandad could have at best been scarcely born) was not only one of the founders of Everton FC (or St Domingo's as it was first called) but also played in goal in the team's first proper match against St Peters on 20 December 1879, won 6-0 I think it was. Would you be at all surprised to discover that though the score is correct there's no George Bargery on the team sheet? And no Bargery at all in the Club History? That one W Jones played in goal as it goes. Below is the first known picture from 1881.

    CAPTIONS: The map shows the location of the former Breck Road railway station; the top photo is of the classy Vic-wardian suburbia of Lower Breck Road; and the lower one the Breck Road pub The Lutine Bell.

    UPDATE 21:42: Decide to remove estate-agenty "triangle" concept.

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