Conservative politician Nadine Dorries, who recently took up her position as UK Culture Secretary, accused the left of ‘hijacking’ social media and says people dare not speak out for fear of being “cancelled”.
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, during her first television interview since taking over as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in September this year, Dorries criticized the ‘cancellation culture’ promoted on the networks by left-wing militants who make the chances of serious debates vanish, fostering fear.
Last month, the British newspaper, The Observer, described her as the “minister of the culture wars”, words that in the BBC interview, she refuted by stating, [it was] “what other people say about me, not what I say.”
“Sometimes I think we just need to tone down the condemnation and the judgement, and evaluate and engage a little bit more than we do. I think social media probably contributes a lot to this,” but she explained that “people are afraid because of the amplification in the echo chambers of social media.”
Dorries, who in addition to being a conservative politician is a novelist and author who has sold millions of books, has received all kinds of offensive comments after she took office, which she said were “for political attack and nothing else,” although she described some negative reactions to her appointment as “quite misogynistic.”
James O’Brien, host of the popular British radio station, LBC, declared on Friday that she “is part of the problem of online abuse.”
Also, British comedian and political activist Mark Clifford Thomas, who was a frequent guest on BBC, said she had “written more books” than she had read.
Back in 2017, when serving as an MP representing the Conservative Party, she had made a tweet in which she expressed that “left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy”, in relation to no longer being able to make humor about certain topics because of political correctness and ‘cancellation culture‘.
In the interview, Dorries defended his ‘racy’ tweets by saying they were aimed at those “on the left who have hijacked that space,” not at people who “do want to talk about these issues seriously.”
She also criticized the destruction of statues and other historical memorials by leftist activists, claiming that “you can’t, with this whole cancel culture, wipe it all out like it didn’t happen and pretend it didn’t exist.”
“You can’t wipe away our history, either the good or the bad,” she asserted.
Dorries grew up in one of the poorest areas of Liverpool and said her priority is to help young people from backgrounds like her get involved in arts, culture and sports.
“Those people in those backgrounds are of every colour and every sexuality, but are we looking after everybody when we talk about diversity?”, she said, in what could be interpreted as an irony directed at the left, who in their militancy fly the flags of diversity and egalitarianism.