Tory attack dogs shit on own doorstep?

Mick previously blogged on attempts to purge Michal Kaminski’s, Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists political group and Polish Law and Justice party MEP, Wikipedia entry of negative references (possibly by a Westminster based Conservative supporting their European leader). This has resulted in a fight back of dubiousness and very little credibility across Tory blogging.Ian Dale had previously interviewed Kamiski for Total Politics and given him a clean bill of health and on Monday republished in full a blog from Tory Bear that seems to use the ‘whatabout’ defence or ‘your ma’. Unfortunately their lack of checking facts from either could be a problem for both:

TB is getting sick to the back teeth of Labour, and their stooges, attempting to create scandal around who the tories sit with in the European Parliament. The audacity that they have in these attacks can quickly be exposed with Google and rather appropriately given today’s attempt at journalism from the Observer – Wikipedia.

The Labour Party sit with the European Socialists grouping (PES), a bunch of nuts lefties that make Blair and Brown look slightly to the left of Hannan. Labour can try have a half-hearted smear attempt at the tory groupings, but it is a national embarrassment that the governing party of the day consort with communists, terrorists, murderers, anti-semites and 9/11 deniers.

Oh you didn’t know this? Well it’s not like it’s reported by the main stream media. Dan Hamilton wrote a great piece a few months ago and TB would like to share some of what he exposed. Lets just have a quick peek at a couple of Labour’s friends in Europe shall we…

Tory Bear had decided to rewrite an old piece and not bothered to check it for accuracy, current or previous. He amended it with his own slant in a very contestable way and Dale at no point sought to check the truth of any of any claims he then put to a much wider audience.

One major claim that Dale subsequently removed but still hasn’t addressed was that Proinsias de Rossa (Irish Labour Party MEP) –

‘ is a murdering terrorist who is linked to the killing of six British Policemen’

is now on numerous sites across the internet including the Spectator.

While Dale later admitted, via a comment, this may be ‘contentious’ (but not worthy of investigating or fully addressing) and deleted the line it seems as if de Rossa’s arrest at 16 for IRA membership and internment during the 50/60s Border Campaign (Operation Harvest) means he is held responsible for all the deaths caused by the IRA during that period and declared a ‘murderer’ while never having been accused or convicted of such deeds. Claims Dale has been part of propogating.

Other claims across the blogs seem equally dubious.

Giulietto Chiesa isn’t an MEP. While he had a short stint with the PES, he was elected as an ALDE member and during his unsuccessful run in June was on a Green/EFA ticket. Not much of a Labour link there.

‘So many loons to choose from, but TB’s absolute favourite scumbag has to be Andrzej Zbigniew Lepper the leader of the Polish Self-Defence of the Republic Party,who Labour sit hand in hand with in Europe.’

Except he is an Independent MEP.

So the Conservative blogosphere has come out angry and fighting over attacks on their European partners. Very angry, maybe too angry? Their attacks are either false or greatly exaggerated possibly to the point of outright lies – they sure haven’t been fact checked at any point.

And by attacking what they assume are partners of others as a legitimate tactic they make the concentration on their own dubious relationships seem an entirely valid initial point. As they raise a cracked mirror at others they seem to emphasis how maybe there really could be something of them reflected in their proven partners

The best form of defence seems to have resulted in validating the initial attack. And for some it may even result in a trip to the Irish courts – I really think de Rossa could beat that murder rap they’ve laid at his door.

Poor blogging all round on that one. Has an election been called I’m not aware of? Otherwise there is no excuse for that level of rubbish.