OVER at Fleet Street Blues they have an interesting footnote to yesterday’s Sunday Times profile of UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Having written that Farange only has one testicle (the other being removed because of cancer), reporter Camilla Long was then told to phone back and check on an important fact.
According to UKIP press officer Gawain Towler: ‘On Friday, just after Farage had delivered a barnstormer of a speech at the Milton Keynes conference, I received a phone call. It was Camilla Long.
‘Look Gawain”, she said, ‘I am really sorry to ask you this but the editors have told me to.”
‘What’s that?’I said.
‘They want me to ask which one of his balls was removed after his cancer”.
At Fleet Street Blues they’re impressed: ‘Never let it be said that the Sunday Times‘ subs aren’t sticklers for factual accuracy.”
Sticklers for accuracy? Presumably those are the same subs who failed to spot the word ‘abuse’missing from a sub-head that consequently read: ‘Film of him hurling in Brussels got him fined £2,700 and 40,000 hits on YouTube”.
Perhaps that’s going to be Mr Farage’s next trick.