In the Pandora column in today’s Independent (the paper sponsored by “Red” and guest designed by Girogio Armani (and with a special Kate Moss poster)) there is a Lembit Opik story, or rather an Opik non-story.
I know that the newspaper diarist – aside from being heavily reliant on tip offs from Quentin Letts – scours websites and the net in order to come up with stories. However, to lift virtually your whole item from Guido’s blog and comments is a bit cheap.
Contrast the material from Guido (the first link above) with the article,
“Asteroid-gazing aviator, motorbike rider and Lib Dem frontbencher Lembit Opik has sparked lurid discussion after suggesting he may have a skeleton in his closet comparable to those of ill-fated colleagues Charlie Kennedy (alcohol) and Mark Oaten (affair with a rent-boy).
“During a grilling [from Victoria Derbyshire? – editorial comment], Opik engaged to weatherwoman Sian Lloyd, was asked if he had such a secret. He replied that he was “as flawed as the next person”. Just what – if anything – might he be hiding? Rumours range from a possible “double life as a garden gnome” [which sans photo in the Indy diary becomes hunourless] to Lembit having beamed down to earth from a UFO. Some of the starker suggestions are unfit for publication in a family column [so he’ll drop a few hints knowing that anyone can quickly find things on-line] but I will naturally keep you updated should anything (true) pass the lawyers.”