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Tory Chairman Grant Shapps asks Miliband about links to Paul Flowers

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  1. dropoutguy 19 Nov 2013, 7:55pm

    Isn’t it awful how some people are queuing up to kick a man when he’s down by dredging up past matters, some long ago, that he’s already been accountable for. It’s a nasty side to our society, and I’m afraid it’s got worse in recent years.

    1. Especially someone as sleazy as Grant Shapps (aka Michael Green, under which name he made millions from dodgy Google-blacklisted websites).

      1. Mihangel apYrs 19 Nov 2013, 11:09pm

        this little creep is s*t-stirring to embarrass the Labour Party. He woould ask any question, no matter how tender a subject, if it could blacken a Labour name.

  2. Oooh Pink News driving a right wing agenda shock………………Pfft!!!!

  3. We need the link to the naked photos of the escort he used – ciaron dodd before we can come to a moral judgement on this.

    1. Mihangel apYrs 20 Nov 2013, 10:09am

      I wonder how much Mr Dodd made. Perhaps enough to keep him off the streets for a couple of weeks ….

  4. Yes, Michael Green aka Grant Shapps, really has no credibility here. Lets not forget that the Tory front bench team could see this “back fire” on them given allegations made in the press in the past.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Nov 2013, 12:16pm

    It’s all about the election in 2015. Tarnish the opposition’s image as best you can, political point scoring, dirty politics as usual.

  6. Michael Mason 21 Nov 2013, 6:03am

    I was interested to read “It’s also been revealed Mr Flowers was convicted of gross indecency in 1981, reportedly over a sex act in a public toilet.” – interested not by news of this 30-year-old conviction but in how the reporter, Scott Roberts, justifies reporting a long-spent conviction. Of course, it’s not a crime for Roberts to report a spent conviction. Rather, Mr Flowers would have to take out an action for libel, and although Roberts could not bring the defence of truth (the conviction being spent), he could argue successfully that Mr Flowers was no longer a person of good character in the public eye and very little damage if any had been dealt to his reputation by the spiteful ‘gross indecency’ report.

    However, no reporter who worked for me on Gay News or Capital Gay would have been in any doubt that such reporting was “unethical”, a word we took seriously back then.

  7. Frank Boulton 22 Nov 2013, 2:59pm

    “He [Paul Flowers] told the committee the Co-op’s balance sheets had £3bn of assets, when it was actually £47bn.” Hasn’t anyone else noticed the £44bn difference? Is this a typographical error?

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