During last weekend’s Liberal Democrat spring conference, allegations were circulating on Twitter that an elderly delegate in a motorised wheelchair had been assaulted by protesters and had been hospitalised:
If the allegation is true, then it’s a disgrace.
But is it true? A Google search can find no evidence of any such event. Strange – if it happened, you would have thought that the press would know about it and the right-wing tabloids would be all over it. The media would have been there, outside the conference, and in a politically-charged atmosphere somebody would have spoken to the press. But there’s nothing.
So, a story that none of the media picked up? Or an attempt at spin by some members of a party renowned for its sordid electoral tactics, led by a man widely regarded as serially dishonest?
I’d be fascinated to find any hard evidence.