John Woodcock should know that walls have ears

9 June 2014

Labour’s John Woodcock is being teased mercilessly by his colleagues. A recent fundraising event which he organised was secretly recorded – and embarrassing quotes from fellow Labour MPs and candidates, who thought they were speaking behind closed doors, leaked out.

Woodcock should know about the sort of dirty-tricks that the parties play on each other. He was the young, wet-behind-the ears bag-carrier who Labour sent out to pretend to be a Tory in order to record events. He got lucky in March 2005 when he caught the Tories’ then Deputy Chairman Howard Flight claiming that the Conservatives would slash spending in power, contrary to their manifesto commitment in that election campaign. Flight was immediately sacked and blocked from standing again as an MP. Woodcock was rewarded with a fast-track into government and a safe seat.

What goes around comes around…

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  • sir_graphus

    And, of course, Flight was right; 2005 would have been a really good time to cut spending. The economy was a bubble and £10bn off the deficit every year since then would be nearly £100bn off the national debt (and £3-4bn of interest payments not needed).

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