Grant Shapps, the Conservative Party Chairman, is facing more embarrassing allegations today in The Guardian where he is accused of editing his own Wikipedia page to make favourable changes using the username Contribsx. The same user has edited the Wikipedia pages of other politicians, including senior Tories, negatively.
Wikipedia administrators have told The Guardian that they “believe that the account Contribsx is a sockpuppet of Grant Shapps’ previous accounts on Wikipedia … and based on the evidence the account is either run by Shapps directly or being run by someone else – an assistant or a PR agency – but under his clear direction.”
This follows a previous story where Grant Shapps lied about his involvement in an internet marketing company HowToCorp as ‘Michael Green’ while working as an MP.
Below is yet another example of Grant Shapps pretending to be other than he is online from 2007.
Now here’s an interesting tale. … can anyone provide a decent explanation?
Over on one of the (official) YouTube films from the Liberal Democrats there is this comment from someone:
“Okay, realistically we’re not going to win though. Especially since the Tories have just received 5 defecting Councillors from Labour. Don’t quite know how they’ve done it, but the Tories have stolen a march on us this time.”
With phrases such as “us” this is clearly written as if from a Liberal Democrat member or supporter.
But according to YouTube the comment was posted by a “GrantShapps” (look just above the comment for the name), which is the name of the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield, Shadow Housing Minister and their Ealing Southall by-election campaign supremo.
A forged name perhaps? Except that click on the name and it takes you through to Grant Shapps’s genuine YouTube profile: http://uk.youtube.com/user/GrantShapps
And yes, I know it is his genuine YouTube account because it is the one linked to from his own website,http://www.shapps.com/
Regardless of your politics there is no doubt that Grant Shapps has the appearance of a chancer. He is certainly one of the most appallingly bad political party chairmen ever (and that is saying a lot) and not just because he seems to attract these undignified scandals which make the Conservative Party look as if it is run by conmen, but also because he is an extremely poor and unconvincing performer.