Do not even attempt to buy a used car from this man
Just to recap: Shapps told that he no longer used his pseudonym “Michael Green” after he was first elected a MP in 2005. He also denied that he had another job after that time. Moreover, as Political Scrapbook has told, he “actually used his lawyers to bully one of his own constituents into issuing an apology after they called him a liar in relation to the ‘Michael Green’ pseudonym”. So what have his fans been saying?
First off was a real cabinet minister, although it was only Jeremy Hunt, the former Culture Secretary: “Unbelievable Lab/Guard/BBC attack on @grantshapps. His sin not 2 use pseudonym but 2 write books about how 2 create wealth - shock horror”. That “Labour - Guardian - BBC” shtick worked so well with phone hacking, did’t it? But Mark Clarke was not happy with LBC host James O’Brien.
“Eliding entrepreneurs with spivs in personal attack on @ToryChairman @grantshapps is why people know the left hate business … Hypocrisy = @mrjamesob writing under pseudonym of ‘William Hickey’ but condemning @grantshapps for the same” he contended. Luke Springthorpe was there in support: “Spiv? Is that the word you use to describe people who start a business?” he demanded of O’Brien.
India Brummitt was there too: “Good to see the tone @mrjamesob will be using in his new TV show. Calling hardworking business men and women Spivs!?!” Rob Wilson, Reading’s answer to Fred Scuttle, was, in the meantime, kicking the Labour Party: “Labour should not be reinforcing its hatred of successful business people by attacking Grant Shapps”.
More MPs? Here’s Charlie Elphicke: “You know it's Budget week when the @guardian does a hatchet job on the @ToryChairman & the anti business Labour Party attacks entrepreneurs”. And Karl McCartney: “Without a hint of irony @BBCRadio4 @BBCr4today do a piece on -ve campaigning after trumpeting Labour attack on @grantshapps all morning. Doh”. No mention of the libel bullying? Doh indeed.
How about an MEP? Nadhim Zahawi’s your man: “@grantshapps is clearly scaring the Labour Party, hence the hatchet job this am from @guardian. Old story rehashed to help out hapless Eds”. Good, reliable rebuttal. And here’s (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries: “He stumbled in an interview over an exact date, but it's re hashed nonsense @grantshapps will return with stonking majority #GE2015”. All well and good, BUT.