Quality control seems to be suffering at the Guido Fawkes blog, where newly anointed teaboy Alex Wickham has been allowed off his spin’n’churnalism treadmill to take a holiday, meaning that the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his tame gofer, the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, have to do the work themselves, with characteristically sloppy results.
Of course my grammar's fine, cos I'm on telly!
Master Cole has been taking time out to look in at Labour List, where Jon Ashworth has penned an open letter to former Obama staffer Jim Messina, who is joining Young Dave’s jolly good campaign operation in support of the aggressive and unsubtle Lynton Crosby. Ashworth warns Messina that “The reality is [the] Conservative Party doesn’t have any insurgent activist base”.
This is hardly new news, coming so soon after the Eastleigh by-election, where luminaries such as London’s occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson turned up to lend a hand, only to find that the constituency party had next to no idea where to find a few sure-fire Tory households for Bozza to visit, press the flesh and get the necessary photo opportunity.
The deeply unpleasant Cole has at least found it in him to pay a moderately qualified compliment to Ashworth for telling Messina what he is going to find out for himself all too soon. “Probs should have spellchecked it first but slightly amusing letter from @jonashworth to Jim Messina” he conceded, although couldn’t resist a snarky finish: “Bit wah wah tho”.
Well, to be fair to Ashworth, it’s not the spelling, but the grammar of his piece that is occasionally flaky. And when it comes to grammar, the flannelled fool is in no position to lecture anyone, as a characteristically spin-filled and honesty-free attack on Labour MP Tom Watson earlier today shows, being signed off with “Watson has not actually be invited to come and try cause trouble”.
Spot the howler (again)
What was that about checking copy beforehand? And don’t bother with the usual sly edit without the admission line, chaps, because I took a screen shot. Another fine mess, once again.