Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Hereford Times they are a-changing

... but not voluntarily, you understand.

A year ago next Wednesday the Parliamentary Committee on Standards and Privileges found that my MP Bill Wiggin had seriously breached their rules in claiming false expenses.
The influential local paper the Hereford Times had to report this, but the editor, Wiggin groupie Fiona Phillips, published a false story making out that the breaches weren't serious and were some kind of accident.
Today the Press Complaints Commission forced her to publish this retraction on page three with the same prominence as the original false story.

It shows the weakness of the PCC that it took them so long to have a seriously false story amended. But it's rather splendid too, as Mr Wiggin's wrongdoing is splashed to the people of Herefordshire (everyone reads it) just as he hoped they'd begun to forget about it!

Ms Phillips hates my guts - she recently published a spiteful piece more or less commending the police for intimidating me on Mr Wiggin's behalf ( that is currently under investigation, I'll post stuff about it when it's no longer an official case).

What the editor doesn't know is that this year, especially during the May elections, I was running a mole inside her paper. Here is the transcript of some of the facebook messages between the mole - whom we'll call 'Hereford Hack' and me, edited to protect confidentiality & so La Phillips can't guess the identity of the mole.

I think it's in the interest of everyone in Herefordshire to see just how much information about dodgy politicians and execs the reporters uncover which is then spiked by the editor...