Nadine Dorries provoked a storm on Monday when she casually invoked the issue of child sexual abuse to shore up her chauvinist girls-only “just say no” proposals for sex education. It now appears someone using a parliamentary computer has edited Dorries’ entry on Wikipedia to airbrush the sorry affair from the record:
The alteration to the page, which was made yesterday afternoon from the parliamentary estate, removes references to comments that “we’d probably have less sex abuse” if girls were taught to “just say no”.
The IP address assigned to Houses of Parliament computers is associated with dozens of edits by bored staffers to MPs’ Wikipedia profiles, including details of John Bercow’s rumoured defection to the Labour Party and Anne Widdecombe’s cat. The site has also been the terrain of turf wars between competing MPs: campaigners for Sarah Teather and Dawn Butler were warned not to make edits on “subjects in which you are personally involved”.
It will take a lot more than Wikipedia edits to spin Dorries’ appalling record.