Dodgy Motah salesman found selling Dodgy Motahs no shock horror at all
The MP for Welwyn Hatfield has long been suspected of lying over his claim that he ceased to refer to himself by the pseudonym “Michael Green” as soon as he became an MP in 2005. Yet he maintained this conceit for years, even to the extent of using legal threats to bully a constituent into taking down a Facebook post and publicly apologising to him. But he was indeed lying. And now he’s been found out.
Behold engagement of mouth before brain ...
It gets worse: “Rather than running down his operations it appears that in 2006 Shapps was expanding the company. On a recording made in the summer of that year, the Tory MP says over the next few months he will be running his ‘mentoring programme’ to hire 10 staff, produce software to create websites that ‘Google prefers’ and start selling ‘Stinking Rich 3’, latest … in a range of self-help guides that claimed to make customers wealthy”.
... and the equally lame support act
Shapps later claimed that HowTo Corp had been transferred to his wife, in an unintentional Life Of Brian moment - “I’m Michael Green, and so is my wife” - but the taint of forthright spivvery could not be washed away. He was even declaring company directorships until 2009. Put directly, Grant Shapps is a liar, and his position as Tory Party chairman should be untenable. So what has happened? As if you need to ask.