Monday, 26 April 2010

The Standards of Modern Journalism

You know how it is whenever a newspaper writes about something you really know ... this is from the Telegraph's Election coverage - Top 20 Tory Targets:

"Croydon Central
Sitting MP: Laura Moffat (Labour) The Conservatives actually won Croydon Central in 2005, but Andrew Pelling - who won it by just 75 votes - left the party in 2007, declaring his intention to run as an independent candidate in 2010. Gerry Ryan will be standing for the Conservatives this time around and is expected to need a 0.36 per cent swing away from Mr Pelling."

So that would be, err, sitting MP, err, Pelling then ? And Gerry Ryan is standing for, err ... Labour. And Laura Moffatt is, err - who knows ? Not around these parts, anyhow. Tory candidate is in fact the hardworking Gavin Barwell, since they didn't ask. And Google is that website you go to when you need to check something - even unpaid interns are allowed to use it. And finally, Pelling is standing for the Vanity wing of the Self-Indulgent Tendency.

Joking aside, Pelling never left the Conservative Party (though he did have the Whip withdrawn), and as a member of said party he vowed, as recently as last year, to work for the return of Conservative candidates in these elections.

Ah well. Not that I'm a pedant, you understand.

ND

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

even unpaid interns are allowed to use it

LOL

Budgie said...

I stopped getting the Torygraph because it has become over enthralled by both Cameron and AGW, neither of which, I suspect, really exist.

CityUnslicker said...

I still buy the telegraph because the business section is the best of the papers. The sport is quite good too. That does me for the commute and the main bit goes in the bin when I get to work.

James Higham said...

I stopped getting the Torygraph because it has become over enthralled by both Cameron ...

????

It's very down on Cameron now, as it should be.

Budgie said...

James "It's very down on Cameron now, as it should be."? I am curious - since when and in what way and why? Is it still peddling the AGW hoax?

mutleythedog said...

What does AGW mean... is it one of those world conspiracy things?

CityUnslicker said...

Mutely yup - interchangeable with lizard men, black helicopters, that sort of thing.

Budgie said...

Mutley - AGW = Anthropogenic Global Warming - the theory that the global climate is inexorably and catastrophically warming solely due to man made generation of CO2 and no other cause.

mutleythedog said...

Like lizard men, helicopters, illuminati nutcase stuff then. ...