Of course, CCHQ can, when the occasion dictates, display the highest principle, especially when trying to occupy the moral high ground in order to kick their opponents. But the kinds of dirty tricks they deplore in others can come in handy, and here we see the barrel-scraping at its worst. One of those subjects that should be a no-go area in politics is to juxtapose Jewish people and marionettes. Not CCHQ, though.
How low can you go?
There they were last Thursday, depicting Mil The Younger as a marionette. One wonders if they paid Disney for the use of the still from Pinocchio. Given the lack of a credit on that Tweet, probably not. The thought also occurs that there is a difference between union members casting votes, and unions actually buying the Labour leadership, but at CCHQ, one need not be accurate and honest, merely on-message.
Then there is advertising favourable news coverage, and especially news coverage that is not news coverage at all. So the following day came the citing of a Daily Mail piece claiming that Labour was split, because splits are A Very Bad Thing for any party. The article’s sub-headings told “Factionalism is growing in party and the top is bitterly divided into camps … Miliband is surrounded by 'clappers' and they are pitted against ‘Ballsites' … Problem for Ed is that some of his 'clappers' are at war with each other”.
Laugh? I thought I’d never start. The article was written by Andrew Pierce, whose Twitter handle is @ToryBoyPierce. Pierce is an unashamedly proud Tory. The piece, dishonestly claiming that Miliband’s staff used the “Dowler Moment” words - they didn’t - is not news. It is a typically catty opinion piece about some of Labour’s staffers.
But such spin is highly effective, especially when so much of the press leans towards The Blue Team. And so it came to pass that the Murdoch Sunday Times decided to run its own version of Pierce’s “split”, claiming that knives were out for “Auguste” Balls, just as they weren’t for Miliband three weeks ago. There was a Miliband-Balls rift, and it was worse than the one between Tone and Pa Broon, honestly.