May 7th, 2008

Contractual Lies

Sue Cameron of the FT took the trouble to call Hermes to dig into Labour’s spin that David Pitt-Watson is walking away from the General Secretary job because of “contractual difficulties” with his old job. “No contractual difficulties with us,” Hermes told her.

Well, says Labour, he has had difficulties extricating himself from his old job. “No,” says Hermes. “He left last week.”

We seem to accept blatant lies from politicians nowadays as just par for the course. Particularly if they come from anonymous spokesman. Guido always tries to name the spokesperson so that we know who is doing the lying. They don’t like that…


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Osborne Aide Lands Pay Rise | Mirror
The Sick Of It | Sun
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Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker
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The Economist asks Tony Blair about Wendi Deng:

“Mr Blair roundly denies any impropriety. Asked whether he was (at least) careless about his reputation, he says calmly that it is “not something I will ever talk about—I haven’t and I won’t”, and then bangs his coffee cup so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps. But did he find himself in a tangle over his friendship with Ms Deng? A large, dark pool of sweat has suddenly appeared under his armpit, spreading across an expensive blue shirt. Even Mr Blair’s close friends acknowledge that the saga damaged him—not least financially, since Mr Murdoch stopped contributing to Mr Blair’s faith foundation and cut him off from other friendly donors in America.”


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