Did anybody bother to read a story in the Daily Telegraph that claimed Ed Balls had accused the Conservatives of wheeling out Gary Barlow to speak against them in an almost-total misrepresentation of the Shadow Chancellor’s words?
Mr Balls referred to the Take That singer in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, linking him with Alliance Boots boss Stefano Pessina as people who have spoken out for the Tories.
Here’s what he said: “I would think in the next three months we are going to have a number of people brought forward by the Conservatives – whether it’s Gary Barlow or Mr Pessina – saying don’t vote Labour.”
It’s clear that Gary Barlow is used because of his part in the Conservative campaign of 2010 and, because of that, it’s fair comment to suggest that he might be fielded again.
But there’s a lot of clear blue water between that and “Ed Balls has claimed that the Conservatives are enlisting Gary Barlow, the Take That singer, in a plot to destabilise the Labour Party.”
Is the Torygraph taking on staff from the Mail or Sun, perhaps?
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