This is the Truth.

This is a lie.


This is the Truth.


This is a lie.

This is the Truth.

This is a lie.

We now know that, even before Minister James Purnell finally turned up for his photocall at the Tameside General Hospital, his fellow Labour MPs were already planning for a lie to be told (see here for the Telegraph Report).

Thus it is not just a matter of Mr. Purnell being a lying, cheating, dishonest dissembler: all five of his colleagues must own to that description.

This story tells you all you need to know about Labour MPs: when faced with a choice between the Truth and a lie, they will always reach swiftly for the Lie.

And what sort of Prime Minister is it that, when his MPs are caught out in a squalid little piece of trickery (and in Mr. Purnell’s case, rank hypocrisy, in view of his pompous utterings on the BBC’s shortcomings over ‘trust’), remains utterly silent. In this instance, Mr. Brown, we take your failure publicly to condemn these tricksters as tacit approval of what they did.

But that should come as no surprise concerning a man who has been castigated for his ‘Stalinist’ methods of conducting the business of government.

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