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The Tories wrote the letter that was supposed to have come from “100 business leaders” a few weeks ago – why would anyone think this was any different?
The fact that the Torygraph withdrew this front page story from its website within 24 hours is testament to the weakness of the Conservative Party’s position, having tried – and failed – to hoodwink the public twice with the same trick.
If anyone wants to see where the Conservatives recruited their thousands of small-business signatories, just visit the Conservative Party website here.
If you can’t be bothered (and it’s the Tory website, so who can blame you?) here’s the text that appeared above the sign-up form:
As you can see, Karren Brady (she of The Apprentice fame) actually put her name to it so her reputation is shot now (more even than it was when she became a Conservative peer for no reason). The author of the document is listed in the metadata as “CCHQ-Admin”.
Here’s a typical response from someone many claim to have been a lifelong Tory voter (until recently):
And the agony got worse. The Guardian reported that, not only did the letter originate in Conservative Central HQ, but it contains many duplicate signatures and one belonging to a person who said they never signed it.
The Conservative Party’s former tax avoidance minister, David Gauke, was forced to defend the letter – awkwardly – when challenged by Andrew Neill on the BBC’s Daily Politics. It’s very funny – have a look:
How will the Conservative Party claw back its credibility after this?
And, more importantly:
Why is this minority-interest party still managing more than 30 per cent support in the opinion polls?
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