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Nick Timothy.

Nick Timothy, former joint chief of staff to Theresa May, has apparently deleted his Twitter account after being found to have lied about Theresa May’s involvement with the racist “go home” vans aimed at illegal immigrants.

It happened as I was writing the story about Mr Timothy’s lie. I had linked to the offending tweet he had written, that quoted his article falsely claiming that Mrs May had known nothing about the vans. Between one draft of the story and another, the tweet disappeared.

The reason quickly became clear:

The right-wingers in the press leapt to Mr Timothy’s defence – claiming that he had been “hounded” off of Twitter by “intolerance” in public discourse – presumably this is an attack on left-wingers who had publicised the facts of the matter.

But those facts had not been exposed by a leftie journalist; they arose from a leak within the Conservative Party itself.

And in any case, it is not intolerant to report new developments in a story – it is the duty of a journalist – something Dan Hodges seems to have forgotten.

Of course, Mr Hodges had his comeuppance, pronto:

Meanwhile, the Windrush Generation scandal that prompted Mr Timothy’s falsehood has continued to shock the nation:

… And the mainstream (read: Tory) media have started trying to ignore it:

Tough. I’m going to conclude this piece with two facts that have been brought to light by the social media. The first is that more than 170,000 people have signed a petition calling for a Parliamentary debate on the Windrush scandal:

The other highlights Theresa May’s – and the Conservative government’s – failure to devote anything like enough resources to resolving the plight of its victims who have been accused of being illegal immigrants:

A major May supporter has been forced to retreat from the Internet after a major lie, and her supporters in the press have discredited themselves by their own actions.

And Theresa May is teetering on the brink of resignation – or removal.

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