When faithful Murdoch retainer Trevor Kavanagh was made a board member of toothless sham press regulator IPSO, a move that made even less sense than Caligula appointing his favourite horse Incitatus a Senator, this blog was not the only place passing adverse comment on the move. That is because Kavanagh is, let us not drive this one around the houses for too long, an habitual liar. And we need not look far for examples of his craft.
Why did Kavanagh cross the road? He didn't, he just made the whole thing up and IPSO rejected the complaints
Indeed, Kav has been lying through his teeth in his latest Magnum Opus for the Super Soaraway Currant Bun, spinning the racist unpleasantness directed at former footballer Gary Lineker over the demonising of refugee children as nothing more than someone taking advantage of our generosity: “Gary Lineker forgets that we’re not racist - we just don’t like being conned”, he offers. And then come the porkies.
“Home Office figures show two out of three of those elbowing their way to the front of the queue from Calais are lying about their age”. Wrong. Those shown to be over 18 are not getting in, so are not “elbowing their way” anywhere.
Have another go. “The abysmal failure of the Border Force and immigration authorities to sort this out is stoking anger over the abuse of our hospitality”. Not true. The anger is being stoked by irresponsible politicians - and the likes of the Sun.
And another. “Most migrants have destroyed their passports and other age-revealing ID”. No citation, and none will be forthcoming. And they are refugees.
And yet another. “DNA swabs and dental age checks are ruled out as “intrusive”, even though other EU countries use them”. Give us an example. You can’t, because you’re just making this up to order - in other words, lying.
Keep going: “MPs are up in arms, calling for an ‘urgent inquiry’ into the long-predicted shambles”. Two of them so far. And there is no shambles.
Try again: “Despite David Cameron’s promises, immigration is still out of control”. No thanks, I don’t want to look over there. This is about a few dozen refugees. Stop calling them migrants and hiding behind faux claims of “generosity”.
“Human life means zero to money-hungry thugs who lock pitiful families below decks on leaky boats”. No relevance to the article subject, and none will be shown.
“Britain is now home to more than four million newcomers, legal and illegal”. Over how many decades? No citation, and none will be forthcoming.
Trevor Kavanagh should never have been appointed to the board of IPSO. No-one prepared to lie to order should be let anywhere near an organisation which is supposed to call the press to account for, er, lying.
That is in addition to all the other reasons he shouldn’t be there, notably his involvement in the Hillsborough smear. IPSO is a sham. Kavanagh just confirmed it.