Harry Cole (front centre) and Mark Clarke (front right) a month after their falling out. Or maybe not
While readers are told “A CONSERVATIVE Party chief warned Tatler Tory Mark Clarke he should smile at people and get ‘someone else to shoot them’ after he was accused of bullying … Activist Josh Hitchens complained about Clarke to party bosses just two months before he was made boss of RoadTrip … But his email was immediately forwarded to then-Chief of Staff Paul Abbott”, that is not quite the whole story.
That is what Sun readers are being told, but an examination of the email shows there is plenty that they are not. For starters, the message from Hitchens to Oliver Wells talks about another email, which it seems originated from Clarke. Why is this only talked about, yet not shown? And the two emails shown are not contiguous.
The heavily edited email thread
Who else could have supplied the emails to the Sun? It makes little sense for Abbott, or André Walker, both of whom come out of this story looking very bad indeed, to be the source. The only other possible explanation is that the Tories have supplied it to the Sun, which, given the media storm surrounding the party’s machinations, beggars belief. This looks like Clarke trying to drag his former pals down with him.