A week or so ago, Owen Smith’s campaign account was tweeting about ‘Edna’, a longstanding Labour supporter who considered him the only chance for the Labour party:
The only trouble is, anyone ‘nearly 83 years old’ wasn’t a teenager in 1945 – as the first respondents to his tweet pointed out:
‘Nearly 83′ means ’82’. 1945 was 71 years ago. 82-71 = 11, which is 2 years (or, being extremely generous, well over 1 year) away from being a teenager.
A simple bit of arithmetic could have spared Owen Smith the embarrassment of being so easily caught out publishing a clearly made-up ‘testimonial’, but clearly he or his campaign was so desperate to get something positive out there that they didn’t bother with a bit of quick finger-counting.
Bad enough, you might think. But even though he’s been caught out telling an all-too-obvious porky, Smith continues to use it. Here’s a snapshot of a section from his website, titled ‘5 reasons members are backing Owen‘:
Perhaps ‘Edna’ has a ‘Benjamin-button’-style afflication and ages backwards or something.
Failing that, clearly Owen and his campaign feel (correctly) that his other 4 ‘reasons’ are a bit flimsy (diaphanous would be generous) and that ‘Edna’ the magical 82yo are crucial to his credibility.