I did wonder the other day if my description of Tory cheerleader Iain Dale as “a compliant and reliable conduit for Tory propaganda” was a little OTT, after he posted a piece which commented adversely on the welter of anti-Clegg stories in the Tory supporting press. I didn’t have long to wait.
Because today, far from urging restraint on the Fourth Estate, Dale is getting into the pit with them: first he suggests that Clegg reconsider his use of the term “nutters” in last night’s Leaders’ Debate (Clegg was describing the Tories’ new friends in the European Parliament). Yes, Iain, and what terms did Young Dave use to describe the membership of UKIP, perchance?
Then he has, within three and a half hours, followed up with another post telling of “Lib Dem smears”. You see, it’s OK to smear Clegg, because his lot do it as well! And quoting Andrew Gilligan as a source isn’t the best route to the plateau of credibility – unless you’re a Tory supporter.No, I was right the first time: His Master’s Voice writ large. Woof!