Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
The other, Chris Grayling. Now I know he looks as thick as a stone bridge and as a dense as a poor man's sandwich, but he's excelled himself.
He claimed that his email account had been 'hacked by communists'. Turns out someone he didn't know cc'd him into an email to Tescos complaining about workfare. He thought it meant the email had come from him, so I'm not sure what he thinks 'recipients' means.
Obviously this won't make as big of an impression as the original story where he'd been hacked by radical activists. People like my in-laws, nice enough (sometimes
) people, but faithful Mail-readers despite being solidly working class, will probably not get revised story. Even if it's widely broadcast, unless it is totally presented in a way that makes Grayling look like an idiot to people, especially to people who might have little experience with computers.
Because everything is presented in such a way to shock or scare, even sometimes in the broadcast media, it takes a lot more to overcome that impression. When I first heard about the "hacking", I was disappointed that someone would risk perception over a prank.
As much as Grayling looks like an idiot, his ineptitude is working for the Tories' advantage in this case.