You really couldn’t make it up. UKIP’s leader Paul Nuttall has been humiliated this week by the exposure of his false claims regarding the Hillsborough disaster – and then by the abject failure of his attempts to shift the blame onto an aide and even, unforgivably, onto the families of Hillsborough victims.
But it’s not only Nuttall who has problems with the truth. His whole party is infected with the same ‘Walter Nutty‘, ‘post-truth’ idiocy – and with the same arrogance in assuming they won’t be caught out.
UKIP’s spring conference took place over the past couple of days. In Bolton. In Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium, to be precise.
Meanwhile, UKIP’s official Twitter account tweeted a picture of ‘campaigners’ – its self-styled ‘people’s army’ – ‘in Stoke’:
There’s only one slight problem. That’s not Stoke.
Here’s an image of the above tweet (since, knowing UKIP, it’s likely to be deleted) – with one area highlighted:
Now, here’s a Google Maps’ image of… the outside of Bolton Wanderer’s Macron Stadium:
Anything look familiar?
Yes, that’s right. UKIP’s ‘people’s army in Stoke’ is neither – it’s a bunch of sad UKIP conference attendees standing about 50 yards from the building where they were having their conference.
You can just imagine the conversation between two UKIP (and therefore probably EU-funded) press officers:
We need a picture showing our huge support and ‘boots on the ground’ campaign in Stoke.
But we haven’t got huge support or boots on the ground in Stoke.
Well, we’ve got some people here.
Well, yeah. But this is Bolton.
Nobody will notice. Voters are thick. As long as we make sure there isn’t a ‘Welcome to Bolton’ sign in the photo, we’ll get away with it. We always do.
Yeah, that’s true. We always get away with it. What could go wrong?
And here we are.
If you’re a Stoke Central constituent and nothing else has put you off the idea of voting UKIP yet, here’s something to consider.
UKIP holds you in such contempt that they thought you wouldn’t even know your own town.
Like party, like leader. Send him packing next week.
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