On the face of it, it's career suicide. Nadine Dorries' decision to go on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here look trashy, self-serving, irresponsible and demeaning. But there is a chance the Tory MP could emerge from it with a profile among the general public — something most MPs would kill for.
Before that can happen, there are certain facts about Nadine's decision which are worth repeating: It is risky. It is risky to the point of idiocy.
I'm a Celebrity is the cruellest and most humiliating of the reality TV shows — a tough judgement when one considers how reliant the genre is on cruelty and humiliation for its viewing figures. The show drops Z-list celebrities in a bit of Australian jungle with few modern luxuries, so even the most glamorous fashion model quickly looks unclean, stressed and dreadful.
A key part of the programme's appeal involves disgust. Contestants are forced to crawl in boxes full of bugs or snakes. Often they have to eat a meal of horrific foods, such asRead More »from Should Nadine Dorries MP be going on I’m A Celebrity?