by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2009
April Pond has a moat! shouts the headline on Tory Iain Dale’s blog, as he tries (a little too desperately) to rattle Lib Dem cages with campaigning in the Norwich North by-election enters its final fortnight.
Iain’s write-up is light-hearted enough, no doubt the better to distance himself from it with amused irony when the sheer hypocrisy of his posting is pointed out. Here’s what Iain says:
Not that I am being ‘remoatly’ ‘moatist’. Every house should have one. But seeing as though a Tory MP got the mickey taken out of him for having one, I’m not sure LibDem candidates should escape the ridicule. It wouldn’t be fair.
Do you see what Iain’s done there, reader? He’s suggesting the only reason Tory MP Douglas Hogg ‘got the mickey taken out of him’ was because he had a moat. No mention in Iain’s blog of the little matter of him charging the taxpayer £2,000 for it to be cleaned. Funny that.
The contrast between April Pond and Douglas Hogg doesn’t end there. For April is a self-made businesswoman, born in a council house, who has done very well for herself – including being able to afford a large house – thanks to hard work and effort, and is committed to refoming MPs’ expenses. Douglas Hogg, meanwhile, is the son of Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone, a former Lord Chancellor, who inherited the Viscountcy in 2001, and was educated at Eton and Oxford.
Unbelievably, Iain’s piece then segues into an attack on April Pond for ‘shameful’ smearing of her opponents. Truly, you couldn’t make it up.
PS: Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog also takes issue with Iain Dale’s posting.