And so it came to pass, as today’s Daily Express has indeed found itself so tempted as to cross over from creative interpretation into straightforward dishonesty. Making a welcome return to the porkie rota is Macer Hall, bringing the expected “Anger erupted last night” (I was mildly disappointed not to get “Fury” for this, but never mind) despite there being neither anger, nor eruption.
But this time, there are also interesting nuggets elsewhere in the piece, starting with the choice of talking heads. Peter Bone is the obligatory fringe Tory MP quoted. Who he? Well, Bone has championed homeopathy, fraudulently asserted that the UK in 2007 had “arguably the worst health service in the Western world”, and employs his wife as an “executive secretary” on a salary getting on for 40,000 notes. So he knows all about spin and waste.
Also hot on waste, and taking the biscuit for most meaningless contribution to the discussion, is Emma Boon, one of the dubiously talented array of non-job holders at the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA). La Boon asserted that “taxpayers here shouldn’t have to clean up the mess just because the EU bureaucracy has got involved”. So that’s a non-statement as well.But there is one significant and refreshingly positive side to the TPA’s rent-a-quote appearance: the Express is now describing them as a “pressure group”, which is accurate and a welcome development. It’s just unfortunate that papers like the Express even bother with the shower that is the TPA.