An aside from Guido notes the ostensibly remarkable support enjoyed by Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham on Twitter — if the meteoric rise of the account @LabourAndy (not really Burnham) is anything to go by:
But an account called @LabourAndy never secured a five-figure following — because it is actually a historic account which has had its old tweets deleted and its username changed to repurpose it for the leadership contest.
Cue bemusement from old followers:
What kind of character could possibly be behind such a dishonest practice (which, it should be noted, has no known connection with Burnham’s campaign).
As Guido rightly observes, the output of this account bears all the hallmarks of Eoin Clarke, whose glorious track record of … errrr … making things up is not sufficiently off-putting to Labour MPs who continue to re-tweet his material.
Whether @LabourAndy is Clarke or not, leadership and deputy leadership candidates need his support like they need a hole in the head.