As Zelo Street readers discovered some time ago, the relationship between the output of the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, formerly tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, and reality has always been a tenuous one. Now his penchant for peddling porkies has been picked up by the national press - but that has not stopped his appetite for ever-more creative writing.
All together now: "Smile ... while your pants are blazing ..."
Master Cole’s tendency to talk well, but lie badly, was picked up by the deeply subversive Guardian’s Media Monkey column, which told “For the Sun’s rookie Westminster correspondent Harry Cole, it’s not been the best of spells - and just when he was keen to impress new editor Tony Gallagher too. Although the former Guido Fawkes sidekick has scored a few splashes, they have a tendency to prove dodgy”.
[UPDATE 29 September 1150 hours: as if to prove my point, Master Cole has brought forth another steaming "exclusive" telling "TO WEAR A SUIT, OR NOT WEAR A SUIT, THAT IS THE QUESTION FOR JEREMY CORBYN ... Insiders aren't even sure if the Labour leader owns a suit".
Do go on. "An extraordinary row has broken out in Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle over whether the eccentric Labour leader should wear a suit when he gives his big conference speech tomorrow". Except there is no row, and Cole is once again making it up.
We hear from "an insider", and later from "One weary aide", although whether this is an aide to Corbyn, or to someone at the Sun, is not told. Only at the very end do readers find "A spokesman for Mr Corbyn admitted he had no idea what his boss would be wearing: 'there’s not a style guru, you’ll be surprised to hear'".
That one genuine quote, to no surprise, does not back up the idea that there has been "An extraordinary row". Because, once again, Master Cole's pants are on fire. There's more steers that are bum in your super soaraway Sun]