Shapps yesterday - the expression says it all
One might think that, after helping the Tories secure their first Parliamentary majority for 23 years, Shapps would be rewarded with a Proper Ministerial Job. But that assumes he did help secure that majority. What became all too clear during the campaign was that Shapps’ on-off relationship with the truth was becoming a distraction, and his blustering and dishonest appearance on Newsnight was probably the last straw.
At first, there was bemusement as to why Shapps had come away with being made a Minister of State at DFID (that means Not Very Important). Faisal Islam observed “So party chairman oversees first majority win in 23 years ... gets demoted from Cabinet”. James Forsyth thought that “This isn't what the party chairman in an election winning campaign would expect as a reward”. But there was more to it than that.
That blogger, as Chris Cook revealed, was the serially tenacious Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads fame, who had not been involved in the story suggesting someone close to Shapps had been creatively editing Wikipedia in the MP’s favour. Ireland was also a candidate in last week’s election, which potentially leaves Shapps open to a complaint under Section 106 of the Representation Of The People Act.