Sometimes, as the saying goes, the opposition comes riding to your rescue. For the serially tenacious Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads fame, it came galloping yesterday as the assembled idiocy of the Guido Fawkes blog performed a collective and unprompted foot in mouth exercise in pursuit of their favourite back bench MP (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries.
I'm pals with Nads, cos I'm on telly!
The rabble at the Fawkes blog, or to be more precise the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines, has for some time now jumped on any statement from Ireland, no matter how obviously hypothetical its nature, as evidence of some kind of tendency towards intending harm to the fragrant Nadine. And along the way she has been happy to encourage him.
A Twitter discussion along the lines of “what would happen if X said they were going to do Y” was instantly inflated by Cole into deliberate intent. The clear hypothetical context was admitted and instantly dismissed. The Police were invoked in support, which may have been news to them. A further assertion that a rape threat had been made against Louise Mensch (it hadn’t) was trowelled on.
And note that all this Twitter traffic you see reproduced here was retweeted by Dorries, underscoring the encouragement she gives to Cole. Moreover, the level of honesty is, as usual with the flannelled fool, not unadjacent to zero, as he claims “I don’t have a Wikipedia page”. Really? Let’s have a rummage, shall we?
Oh look, a Wikipedia page about Master Cole. Screen grabbed this morning. But, guided by the light from his burning trousers, young Henry is clearly undeterred, as yesterday’s events demonstrated. First, the Fawkes blog gets a quote from Dorries saying unequivocally at the launch of the Conservative Voice campaign “We need a kill Cameron strategy, not a voice”.
Behold, a headline of Cole's own making
And then came the spin: as Cole belatedly realised his foot was lodged firmly in his north and south, the post was hurriedly updated to say it was only a “metaphorical” kill. See, it’s only a bit of harmless fun! Where’s your sense of humour? But, just to make sure, there was a, shall we say, clarifying post on the Fawkes blog later, accompanied as ever by a suitably flattering photo of Cole’s pal Dorries.
Save your excuses for Young Dave, Nadine
That the Conservative Voice group has now dissociated itself from Dorries does not seem to have given the flannelled fool a sufficiently large hint that what she said was at best thoroughly unfortunate and at worst worthy of apology on pain of deselection. Not only does this affair show the rank hypocrisy and venal dishonesty of Henry Cole, it also underscores the perhaps too close relationship he has with Dorries.
And the inevitable consequence will be that the next time Cole tries to smear Tim Ireland, others will be forewarned and won’t believe him. Another fine mess.