And so it came to pass that today’s Sun front page screams “Sun Investigation … LABOUR CASH FOR ACCESS SCANDAL … Bung me £5k to meet Burnham”. Stephen Moyes’ alleged exclusive was so highly prized by the Murdoch faithful that it was immediately relegated to the piss-poor Sun Nation website. This may not be unconnected with the inconvenient fact that the story is now unravelling.
The Leigh MP reflected “Fully expected to have to contend with a lot of things in this contest but a tabloid sting involving a 9-month-old baby was not one of them”. So, given that voting in the leadership contest had already ended, and the flimsiness of the story has been so swiftly exposed, the question has to be asked: what was the point of it all? And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here.