Here’s “Better Together” communications director Rob Shorthouse this morning:
And here’s the Telegraph this evening (our emphasis):
We’re always willing to believe that “Better Together” are lying, because they usually are. We’re always willing to believe the Telegraph is lying, because it usually is. But on this occasion, ONE of them must be telling the truth. Frankly, readers, we have no idea what to think.
Oh, wait, yes we do:
“A spokesman for Mr Salmond said: ‘We will continue to pursue David Cameron to agree to the 16 July debate with the First Minister. If he continues to duck from it – the First Minister will take on Alistair Darling shortly after the Commonwealth Games.‘”
Turns out we knew two days ago that the First Minister had said absolutely explicitly that he’d debate Alistair Darling after the Commonwealth Games. Nothing whatsoever has changed about his position since then, but Mr Darling has pulled out.
So this time, implausible and out of character as it seems, the Telegraph is telling the truth and Rob Shorthouse is lying. (Well, unless the Telegraph was lying on Monday, we suppose, but surely someone would have said something by now if they were.)
Phew, glad we cleared that one up.