The problem with writing half a dozen posts a day is that much of what you write ends up being total guff.
Take this latest dog's breakfast from Iain Dale:
Labour's Maddest Idea Yet: Find All Motorists Guilty!Iain Dale 5:56 PMHave you ever heard a crazier idea than THIS? Apparently Labour Ministers are intending to pass laws to ensure that all motorists are found to be the guilty parties when involved with accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists. Unbebloodylievable.
Now if you actually click on the link, you find that Labour ministers are not "intending" anything of the sort.
The proposal (which isn't to find drivers automatically guilty in any case) is from Cycling England, rather than ministers (or Labour).
But as usual, enough has been done to set off Dale's readers:
Mirtha Tidville said...oooh yes please...this should be a surefire winner eh?..one day these Liebour clowns will wake up and realise motorists have a vote (lets hope they wake up too late though).....As for bloody cyclists dont get me going or we will be here all day!!!!!!Simon said...I am sure that Harriet and the Sisters will insist on a caveat exempting all female drivers from this!avelin said...Casual Criminality is rife by New Labour.Whether is casual acusations of racism or employing illegal immigrants, or finding people guilty without trial - for New Labour the law is just another tool in their thirst for power.When we are encouraged to be criminals by the actions of Ministers there are no laws. When there are no laws there is anarchy.
And so on.
Now if Dale had the time (or the inclination) to properly read the original piece, then he would have found that no government source is quoted by the hack.
A bit strange no?
And if he had just waited to read his usual paper of choice then he would have found the following killer quote:
A Department for Transport spokesman said: 'This is something that gets raised by pressure groups from time to time.'Cycling England has proposed it, but it is not something that is being considered by ministers.'
Still, what's an official denial, when you've got "Labour's Maddest Idea Yet" eh?
-Update- In related news, Conservative Home has now been bought by Lord Ashcroft. So much for being the voice of the grassroots!