I rushed out to by all the Sunday papers, leafed through them eagerly, but found nothing. You can imagine how disappointed I was.
False rumours are what you read Guido for, but it was Neil who forecast the downfall of Charles Kennedy when no one else saw it coming. I expected better of him than this.
How did this nonsense come about?
Andy McSmith explains in today's Independent:
Those who closely watched the ensuing Twitter flurry will have noticed the name of the Lib Dem president Tim Farron cropping up, for no apparent reason ... The fuss was set off by a court case in Cumbria in which a man was given a jail sentence for trying to blackmail a prominent member of the local community.
Tim Farron's seat, Westmorland and Lonsdale, covers a chunk of Cumbria. Hence, certain people leapt to the conclusion it was Farron who harboured a compromising secret that was about to burst into the public domain.Still, I hope Guido will carry on with this sort of thing. As McSmith points out, it is illegal to "out" the intended victim in a blackmail case, and those who were bandying Farron's name around could have got into serious trouble.