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Thursday, 7 Nov 2019

When you find yourself siding with Piers Morgan in an argument or interview, you know the other side is reprehensible.

James Cleverly was tasked with defending the indefensible. He chose to accept the task, despite and after being presented with an argument that suggests, really quite strongly, that uncharitable, deceitful and basically nefarious motives were at the root of the video.

James Cleverly said: "We edited the video to make it shorter."

Actually, they included a segment of a few seconds of silence dubbed over Keir Starmer listening to a question, and thus not talking, which had the effect of making it look like he had no answer after the question was asked. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what the intention was here.

To publish the edited video in the first place, presumably expecting no-one to notice or kick off about it shows some hubris. To claim that the motivation was a time constraint suggests a kind of "last chance at the OK Corral" sort of bollocks flapping.

In short:-
1. This stunt was a brazen lie.
2. It's amazing the Conservative Party thought they could get away with it.
3. Boris and his mob may just have clutched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Oh - and after hearing that Boris actually conceded the point to Piers, I expect Cleverly won't be feeling too pleased, or clever, having stuck to the Party line as he did. This lifts "taking one for the team" to a whole new level. Beacon