Fingerprints : an ambush against UKIP has been identified.
On Question Time, Thursday 7 March, Amy Rutland, a regional Labour worker, pretended to be an average member of the public and took an opportunity to embarrass the Labour Party she supports by calling Diane James, the UKIP candidate, and anyone else who is concerned about the effects of uncontrolled immigration "disgusting".
As noticed by Political Scrapbook, she claimed earlier in
the day to have cooked this up with Stephen Twigg, who was appearing on
the panel. That probably explains why he was so smoothly ready with a prepared answer. Amy later protected her tweets. It has been suggested that these were merely boasting after the event and that Twigg might not have been in on it - in which case why protect them rather than leave them open?
Dimbleby, if doing his job properly, should have allowed Diane James to answer the original question of substance, which was about whether UKIP presented a threat to the Tories. Instead, he insisted that she respond to the insult. It has yet to be established if Dimbleby knew of the stitch-up; no doubt he'll deny it. It is very strange, though, how the microphone was able to go to an auburn-haired lady at the front who also appeared to be primed with the keyword "scaremonger". Were the women connected?
If you want to see the response by Diane James and the much saltier reply by Melanie Phillips which explained why UKIP are a threat to the Conservatives, the 5 minute clip is on Youtube.
But for the slow-learners in Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, let's play that old favourite Oh she's just a bigoted woman. You can see the moment his political soul leaves his body.
Kebab Time for Biased BBC has other fun photos.