Ian Lavery MP
That deftly deployed trick is one of selection: not merely taking care what to put in the article, but what to leave out, and how the article is ordered. This enables a piece to look effective when it is no more than a pile of garbage that confirms the main motive of this so-called “investigation” is to smear another of those rotten lefties.
Fire extinguisher for Mr Lyons!
“Murphy was installed to run the local branch by a committee that included Lavery, who then employed Murphy’s partner Grace Boyle and daughter Deborah Scott on expenses … The Wansbeck MP, 53, who also employs his wife, Hilary, as a 'senior secretary', spent £135,968.85 on staffing last year”. Only after this does Lyons hint at the shallowness of his material, confirming that he has no actual proof of wrongdoing.
Shameless Cheerleaders R Us speaks
That is because they were already on that payroll. I’ll go further: Grace Boyle and Deborah Scott were employed at the Wansbeck constituency office BEFORE Ian Lavery was even selected to fight the seat. But “Shadow minister makes no changes to constituency office staff on taking up his duties as an MP”, although factually correct, does not sound incriminating - because Lavery, once again, has done nothing wrong.
But, Lyons tells his readers, a neighbouring MP referred to Lavery and his predecessor as the “Wansbeck Mafia”. Yeah, right. A Murdoch hack calling “Mafia” on someone else. There’s that lack of self awareness for you. But enough: Ian Lavery is far from “beleaguered”, James Lyons has no proof of misbehaviour, and now he has demonstrated that this is just a cheap smear campaign. The end.