Tuesday, July 10, 2007

 

Dale's defective defection detection

...and in the other political mystery story of the day, Iain Dale posted this (unsourced) claim that another Labour Councillor in Southall had joined the Tories.

Unfortunately, the Councillor herself then hotly denied it (via Tom Watson's blog).

Not so much as scoop as a rather inaccurate gouge, it would seem...

Update: The plot thickens now to the consistency of chip shop gravy - it would seem she both defected, and then didn't - a sort of Schrödinger's defection, if you will. It seems our line about the Labour and Tory camps descending into farce was even more far-sighted than might have been anticipated.

Labour are taking the biggest blows at the moment; how much longer can they cope with this relentless bad press? And how will Councillor Noori cope with having alienated both Labour and the Tories? If Dale's comments are accurate, surely she can't keep the Labour whip after this comedy of errors?

Interesting times indeed. You almost have to feel sorry for Tom Watson - with friends like these, who needs enemies? Fortunately, we appear to be immune from this madness - for our group in Ealing Southall to split would require some gymnastics from Jon Ball of which I'm not sure he's capable...

Comments:

Not wrong about the Lib Dem defectors in Colchester though was he?

 
Indeed not. But that article had a source, rather than just being apparently plucked out of thin air...

 
Joe, how exactly was this plucked out of thin air? I have explained in great detail how I came to write the story.

 
Ah, you have now - hence the update - and thankyou for that.

But in your original post - nada. Note the timing of my comment above...

 
Have stricken the word "unsourced" from the record to make it clearer. ;-)

So how's the mood at CCHQ? Bemused, I'd imagine. You have to admit that this whole election (especially for Labour) has become an Ealing comedy that would give A Run for Your Money a run for its money...

 
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