The row over smears at Westminster spread to Scotland yesterday when a political blogger accused Labour of starting a Red Rag-style website to attack the SNP.
The website, A Leaky Chanter, was set up at the same time as Damian McBride, the Prime Minister’s former adviser, was discussing publishing false stories about senior Tories as part of Labour’s internet strategy.
Most of the stories that the Leaky Chanter site carries ridicule the First Minister, but several cast doubt on his conduct and probity. One article is headlined “The £14,000 bill for Alex Salmond’s phantom home”.
The SNP said that A Leaky Chanter contained untrue claims about Mr Salmond and ran a fake Twitter site in his name. The “phantom home” article, which is linked to a Daily Record story published more than a year ago, was scurrilous and designed to smear the First Minister, a source close to Mr Salmond said. That story centres on a £14,000 expenses claim that Mr Salmond made for the rent of a flat in London. The website said that he hardly used the flat.
And how long has that and other posts been online?
Has it suddenly just come to the SNP's attention?
Have they called in the lawyers to close down the site because of those *untrue* claims?
The Leaky Chanter.
The Salmond Twitters.