The Times has been forced to print month-old stories about Labour, this blog has learnt

“Labour has been forced to scrap a planned manifesto meeting of its National Policy Forum on cost grounds, just before a campaign in which Conservatives are preparing to out-spend it by a factor of about three to one, The Times has learnt.” Thus today’s front-page splash.

All well and good – except I wrote the same thing, in slightly less attention-grabbing language, in Tribune last month. And the meeting of Labour’s Joint Policy Committee where it was decided not to hold an NPF was actually held two weeks before that. Breaking news eh?

Anyway, the Times report quotes David Blunkett as saying that Labour’s campaign war chest is only £8 million. I’ve no idea about this, but I do know that £8 million is funnily enough the size of the Unite union’s political fund, or was in late 2008 when Charlie Whelan said so. Not that the two are the same of course…

Okay, I promise to stop bitching and find something original to write about next time.


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