Of all the barmy reasons the right-wing press has come up with in advocating for Brexit, this one takes the biscuit. Or the proverbial wedding cake, if you will.
The statutory regulator has written to four registered charities demanding that they distance themselves from the Conservative Party after being cited in a pro-Tory letter ‘from small businesses’ to the Telegraph yesterday.
Attempting to re-focus the campaign on the economy, the Tories have kicked the day off with a letter ostensibly from small businesses. It splashes the Telegraph and is co-ordinated by CCHQ, natch:
With Tory business supporters’ letter to the Telegraph being the number-one news item for the whole of yesterday, the missive has now managed to accrue a total of … [drumroll] … seventeen(!) new signatures including one ‘Michael Grade CBE’.
A minimum of 28 ‘business leaders’ on that letter to the Telegraph have either given money to the Conservative party themselves or hold senior roles in companies that have. The total amount given runs to some £7.4 million.
With the chief political commentator of the Telegraph quitting in disgust citing the influence of paid advertising over editorial, it is perhaps appropriate that a rebuttal of Peter Oborne’s charges should be launched from another daily organ of Toryism — and one helmed by a former Telegraph comment editor — ConservativeHome. Having begun his concluding paragraph with the words “My friend”, a sure […]
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It looks as though Telegraph blogs editor Damian Thompson (@holysmoke) instructed his charges to write something, anything about Dan Brown. Thomas Pascoe filed first, slamming “metropolitan liberals” for criticising the thriller author’s writing — claiming his detractors would treat an African novelist differently: Errrr … forty five minutes later: Perhaps some African women would be more consistent?