Paul Nuttall’s latest attempt to squirm out of responsibility for his Hillsborough guilt is, apparently, to claim that the article – ‘accidentally’ created by UKIP press officer Lynda Roughley – was posted before the BBC article that quotes him making his ‘close pals’ claim.
In other words, Roughley put up an incorrect article on his website and the BBC copied it – creating a false impression that he had personally made the claim, therefore he wasn’t lying when he denied making the claim to Radio City yesterday.
Inventive. Completely false. And there’s proof – which he today tried to remove.
The Content Management Systems (CMS) of both the BBC website and Paul Nuttall’s website buries the exact date and, more importantly, the time of creation for their entries within HTML markup – even though the pages don’t display the time .
In the source markup of the 2011 BBC article, we find the following string, created by their CMS:
So, 2.44pm and 48 seconds on 17 Aug 2011.
Mr Nuttall or his colleagues deleted the original post from his website. Fortunately for us, the archiving website Wayback Machine saved an exact copy that included the source markup of the offending blog entry.
That archived copy was stored here.
But Mr Nuttall or his colleagues today had that deleted too.
You’d almost think they wanted to hide something.
Fortunately for us, they weren’t quite quick enough and the enterprising ‘Shades’ who provided the explanation of the markup data to this writer had saved his own copy locally and it’s also still available in Google’s Cache, which you can download if you wish. He also took a screenshot of the time-stamp:
Here’s the time-stamp we find in the CMS of Nuttall’s page, both in full and just the time-stamp for ease of reading:
If you want to check that the WayBack Machine’s server isn’t doing anything to the content (other than obviously changing the URLs to point to its own servers, as it has to) this is a comparison of the date/time string created by the CMS for another blog entry around the same time that is (or was until now) still available directly from Nuttalls live website:
The dates and times are unquestionably being preserved intact in the facsimiles.
As you can see, the creation date/time of the BBC article is 17 August2011 at 14.44pm and 48 seconds.
The creation date/time of Nuttall’s entry is 17 August 2011 at 15.39 and 56 seconds – almost a full hour later.
In other words, Nuttall gave his quote to the BBC, who then put it on their website. And and 55 minutes later, Nuttall or his ‘staffers’ (cough) copied it to his blog.
Mr Nuttall’s latest, feeble excuse is exposed as yet another lie – in spite of his attempts to be clever by removing the evidence. Don’t you just love the internet?
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