Nadine Dorries Claims Dyslexia Made Her Say ‘Downstream’ Movies | Nadine Dorries

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said dyslexia led her to mix up her words and suggest people ‘downstream’ movies and play on ‘tennis courts’.

The minister responsible for internet regulation said her impediment, which the NHS says mainly causes reading and writing problems, means she can struggle to find the correct phrase when speaking.

“I have dyslexia, which means when I speak I often conjugate my words and say things that sound like the words I’m trying to say. Sometimes it’s funny and I laugh about it…but most of the time it’s just hard,” Dorries said.

“I’m ok with that. I’ve been in politics for a long time and you’re tough-skinned. That’s why I haven’t spoken much publicly about how it affects me. But I found it difficult to seeing commentators and the media making fun of me for something beyond my control For other people with dyslexia, we are learning that it is what you accomplish in life that counts, not what those who are saying laugh at you.

She misspoke in a short TikTok video posted on the account of Tory MP Luke Jones, in which she explained her department’s responsibilities.

“We’re responsible for making sure you have super-fast broadband in your home, which means you can stream your movies downstream,” she said.

Dorries added that his department is “responsible for all things sports, making sure that you have football pitches and you have tennis courts in your communities where you can play and practice your sport.”

Although the original video only received a few thousand views, it went viral and reached millions of people after an account run by the Joe.co.uk website reposted it, attracting attention review by Match of the Day host Gary Lineker.

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As well as communications and sports infrastructure, Dorries is responsible for overseeing Britain’s media industry – recently announcing plans to cut BBC revenue and privatize Channel 4.

It also guides upcoming online harm legislation in Parliament, which will require social media platforms to abide by a code of conduct overseen by regulator, Ofcom.

Dorries has used criticism of her comments to promote her own account on TikTok, which launched three days ago and has so far attracted 443 followers.

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