Spare a moment’s thought for poor James Comey

Poor James Comey. He has asked the US justice department to publicly reject so-called President Trump’s claims of an Obama-instigated wiretap, “because of his concern that the allegation was false and suggested the FBI had broken the law.”

James! Snowflower! Someone abused their position to make a scurrilous and tenuous claim imputing wrongdoing on your part, in order to promote their own political agenda? Oh, that must burn.

Of course, he is in the position to do so in no small measure because you yourself … ah, you’re there already aren’t you? There’s no way you get to be head of the FBI without a delicious sense of irony.

In which Theresa May lies to the folk of Stoke

Here is a letter, signed by the Prime Minister, to constitutents of Stoke-on-Trent Central—the massively pro-Brexit constituency shortly to have a by-election:

Letter from Theresa May to voters in Stoke-on-Trent Central (from @LabourEoin’s Twitter)

It states:

Last week, Stoke’s two other Labour MPs and the Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme all voted against my plan to deliver Brexit …

And here, from PublicWhip, are the votes:

  • Rob Flello, Stoke-on-Trent South, Labour: aye.
  • Ruth Meeth, Stoke-on-Trent North, Labour: aye.
  • Paul Farrelly, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Labour: no.

So, one out of three.

I suppose the question that remains is whether, when this direct lie has been exposed, the defence will be of the Paul Nuttalls “my girlfriend/press officer/aide done it” variety, or of the Kellyanne Conway “alternative facts” variety.

Either way, she has clearly learned a lesson from her new friend across the water: lie, lie, and lie again. By the time the reckoning comes, the seed you have planted will have already taken root.