Apparently this is the first sign of the Conservatives playing dirty. I ask you. According to some, I am coordinating a campaign at the behest, of well, who knows. The simple truth is that it was my idea and I posted it and sat back and watched to see what would happen. Well, so far people have donated in excess of £300 to Adeela's campaign. Good. I hope there will be more to come.
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that there are plenty of Labour and LibDem politicians I rate, and who I have, on occasion, praised. But I am a Conservative. I want the Conservatives to win. And like anyone else, there are some Labour MPs who I would dearly like to see the back of more than others. And I see absolutely nothing wrong in saying so. The worst thing I have said about Kerry is that I don't think she is fit to be an MP. The same people who seem aghast at me calling for Kerry McCarthy to lose are the very same ones who think nothing of saying the most vicious, hurtful things about Nadine Dorries, to say nothing of the bile they pour out against me.
They're hypocrites. The lot of them. And they're going to lose.
UPDATE: The latest bizarre conspiracy theory on Twitter, courtesy of the deluded BevaniteEllie, is that this was all concocted at a bloggers lunch at CCHQ on Tuesday ... which I wasn't even at. And if you want a laugh read this ridiculous excuse for an Exclusive, which James Macintyre has posted on the new Staggers blog. I've spoken to three people who were at the lunch and they say he's got virtually every fact, assertion mor insinuation wrong - as Sam Coates points out in the comments...
I've made sure I've got a copy of this post - it takes some going to write a few hundred words without wandering near any actual truth! Not a single thing you say was said at the lunch was actually said - ask anyone who was actually there. Saying Eric Pickles was there is wrong. The number of attendees is wildly wrong. Even the pudding is wrong!In fact, the only things that are right are a few basic snippets that were posted online by centre-right blogs on the day: 1) that it happened on Tuesday, 2) that Hunt, Macrory and the new media team were there, and 3) that there was some boar in the main course). Cracking journalism.
UPDATE: Shane Greer has fisked Mr Macintyre.
UPDATE 7.10: These internet things can spread quickly it seems. Someone just emailed me about this new website KERRYOUT! Nothing to do with me, guv. UPDATE: looks like a Tory Bear initiative.