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Saturday 21 November 2015

Sun Bullying Exclusive Busted

As the Mail puts the Tory bullying scandal on its front page for the second day running, the Sun has at last decided to get its alleged “Westminster Correspondent”, the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, formerly tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, to write something about the furore surrounding the activities of Mark Clarke, which should be a straightforward task, given he and Clarke were pals.
And, as with so many of Cole’s “exclusives”, the story, “TORY BULLY’S SEX COVER-UP”, unravels very rapidly. Not only that, readers are not told just how close Cole and Clarke have been, underscoring the idea that Master Cole is just the latest to throw Clarke under the bus. “Emails are proof party chiefs hid aide complaints” claims the article, and that is the first slice of falsehood: there is only one email shown.
See how appalled they all are at Mark Clarke's presence

This was apparently sent to Clarke from Paul Abbott, then chief of staff to Grant “Spiv” Shapps, and read “I did have to do quite a lot of ‘corralling’ as well, even if you don’t remember it now! This included for example dealing with all the complaints made about RoadTrip and your behaviour - from Associations, young activists, MPs/candidates, and so forth”. So no proof that CCHQ was told - and that is important.
Recognise anyone? Not that they're friends, of course

Because the print version of Cole’s story tells “With sex and bullying allegations swirling, Tory HQ said on Thursday they could find NO evidence of accusations made before August. But the email says there was”. The email does not, and this may be why the online version of the story does not repeat the claim. Thus another Cole “exclusive” is shown to contain a significant claim that is not true.
And it gets worse: any idea that Cole and Clarke were not close friends is easily dispelled - and Abbott whining that Clarke “is an appalling man” is simply pukemaking drivel. First, we can see once more the recent post-cricket match photo showing Cole and Abbott not being even slightly appalled at Clarke’s presence. Then a quick scan of the Cole Twitter feed reinforces the idea that they have been close friends.
Follow Friday to @TURCPress and their team @AidanBurleyMP @MrMarkClarke @gregsmithsw6 @andrejpwalker and @indiabrummitt” he enthused. Cole was part of the now-moribund Trade Union Reform Campaign along with Clarke and André Walker. On it went: “Off to see @turcpress and @MrMarkClarke for lunch … Follow Friday to Councilman @MrMarkClarke, slayer of the hippy in Farringdon Within”.
Cole even dedicated an award to Clarke: “Chuffed to win YBF Dolphin Award 2012 tonight. Dedicated to @donal_blaney, @mrmarkclarke”. He was a family friend too: “Super excited about tomorrow's column but in the mean time off to meet  @MrMarkClarke's baby”. Replying to that one, Donal Blaney, who has also thrown Clarke under the bus recently, said “wishing we could join you there; do pass on our best to them”.

So it’s a crap “exclusive” that looks as if it had to be re-written for the online version, plus what the Sun is not telling its readers is that Cole and Clarke were very close friends. What we have here is another desperate attempt for Mark Clarke’s pals to distance themselves from behaviour they had no obvious problem with in the past - except in Cole’s case, he’s making some money out of it. What a total and absolute shower.


Anonymous said...

Murdoch employees must be the most corrupt media lapdogs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tom Watson got it exactly right: a mafia organisation of neocon cowardly thugs. They'd kick their own mother if she was on the floor.

But you've seen nothing yet. They can and will get an awful lot worse. Which only demonstrates how far down the toilet this country has gone, closely followed by the USA.

Wait until Eastern Europe and Africa kick off again.......

Anonymous said...

"Henry" is not Harry Cole's first name. Get your facts right…

Clive Staples Lewis said...

Aidan Burley? This is perhaps the only time his presence has raised the tone of anything.

Tim Fenton said...


Master Cole (or whoever he got to post that comment) is not in a position to instruct me, nor to talk about facts.

Anonymous said...

Some of us remember Cole's blog on youth politics before he joined Guido, Tory Bear. Might be worth a look.