Historians now agree that the letter had little impact on the Labour vote—which held up in 1924. However, it aided the Conservative Party in hastening the collapse of the Liberal party that led to the Conservative landslidearty.
Now er have a modern version in the allegation in the Telegraph that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, has privately said that she would "rather see" David Cameron win the general election because Ed Miliband is not “prime minister material”, a leaked memorandum seen by The Telegraph has revealed.
The SNP leader told the French Ambassador in February that she would prefer that "David Cameron remain” in Downing Street, according to an official account of their conversation seen by this newspaper.
Except of course
- The SNP has categorically denied it.
- The French Consul General has categorically denied it.
- The author of the memo expresses doubt about the central claim.
- The Telegraph failed to contact any of the relevant parties for reaction or comment before publishing – a telltale sign that a journalist lacks confidence in his or her supposed newsline.
This has not stopped opposition Parties still running with the story .
It seems that Ms Sturgeon hasn’t yet worked out that ambassadors gossip like fishwives, and anything confessed on the diplomatic circuit would be all around London fairly soon.
But this is more than just an embarrassment to Sturgeon, for two reasons. First, on 8 May, the SNP may well be in a position to choose who gets to be Prime Minister: if it refuses to support Ed Miliband this may put in David Cameron by default.
And second, the SNP is about to supplant Labour in dozens of seats across Scotland precisely because it is posing as a tartan version of Labour. A party that loathes the Tories even more than Labour does, so Labour voters can support the SNP without having to worry about another five years of David Cameron.
All concerned are denying it of course but there is no doubting that having an Old Etonian in No.10 Downing Street suits the SNP’s wider purpose. After all, opinion polls in Scotland show that the main desired outcome of the Scottish people is an SNP/Labour deal. If this Scotland gets that then the demand for independence will wane. And that is not good news for the SNP.
And yet it is a legitimate story that has put the SNP on the defensive. And let's face it, whatever the SNP say publicly we all know that it will suit their agenda better to have Cameron in No.10 than Miliband. That is why the story has gained traction.
Its rather like someone accused of a crime even though there no evidence against them facing society saying "There's no smoke without fire" even after they have been comprehensively cleared.
Peter Black is is alone with this along with Labour MPs and MSP the BBC
reporter James Cook chose to i end of his piece to camera, saying that there were“definitely” people in the SNP who would prefer to see a Tory government
My Old Coleg Harlech tutor Neil Evans once told me that he didn't so much believe in conspiracy theory as The Cock Up theory".
This does look like a almighty Cock Up but with politicians including Peter Black and the rest who are still using this story willing to still run with it .
We are entitled to ask how many lies and innuendo is the prepared to go along with in order to save the Union or even their Party's seats.