Posted by: Ciaran | April 21, 2010

The bigger they are, the harder they fall

So, today’s Daily Telegraph splash details alleged payments of funds directly into Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s personal bank account way back in 2006, when he was Home Affairs spokesman for the party.

There is no direct accusation of wrongdoing in the article, but a pretty strong inference that the sums don’t quite add up. The story will undoubtedly inconvenience and discomfort Mr Clegg, but will it be enough to derail him? Probably not. As Oscar Wilde famously said: “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

Within hours of the story breaking, the Twitterati were out in force to defend or deride the Lib Dem leader. But the groundswell of opinion, within the online community in the early hours at least, was that the more Conservative-leaning press outlets were rounding on Mr Clegg in an attempt to destabilise his campaign.

While maybe it doesn’t quite amount to ‘the casting aside of any journalistic standards’, it does look like a cynically-timed attack in advance of tonight’s second leaders’ debate in Bristol.

I guess the big question tonight, then, is which leader is going to put his money where his mouth is?

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