It just gets worse for Phil Woolas, the Labour MP facing a court challenge to overturn his election due to claims about his Lib Dem opponents on his election leaflets.
The full depths that Woolas’s campaign sank to are now becoming apparent.
The following picture is taken from a tabloid-style leaflet distributed by the Labour campaign in Oldham East and Saddleworth during the election campaign. At first glance it appears to show Lib Dem candidate, Elwyn Watkins, standing in front of a number of armed police officers – almost as if he’s being arrested. (You can see the page of the tabloid from which this was taken on the Straight Choice website HERE.)
If you look a little closer, though, it doesn’t take a genius to see that there’s something not quite right. No wonder: the photo is a complete fabrication.
How do I know? Well, again this doesn’t take a genius.
How would someone find a picture of some scary looking police officers? Well perhaps they might google something like ‘UK armed police’. And, lo and behold, there it is. Here is the first image that appears on the search results:
Oh dear. Amateur stuff, eh?
But it gets worse for Woolas. In 2005, Woolas falsely accused the Lib Dem candidate at the time of photoshopping a picture. Here’s what he is quoted as saying:
These photographs have clearly been altered. This is wrong. This man is clearly unfit to be a Member of Parliament.
Not sure there’s much else I need to add: I think Phil has hit the nail right on the head with that comment.