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Liberal Democrats released the most sarcastic press release in response to Grant Shapps Wikipedia tampering accusations


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

April 22, 2015 | 3 min read

The Liberal Democrat party has released one of the sassiest press releases likely to ever grace a general election dubbing Conservative chairman Grant Shapps "Quite simply, a colossus".

The party released a press release seemingly defending Shapps from Wikipedia investigator accusations that a shuttered contributor account called 'Contribsx' is responsible for editing the pages of Shapps' politcal rivals, which was linked with the Conservative chairman “or someone acting on his behalf”.

The release read: “Grant Shapps is a wonderful human being, a literary great and has in no way ever brought his party or politics into disrepute.

“The former Liberal Democrat leader also urged journalists to stop calling Mr Shapps ‘Michael Green’ – because it is definitely not funny and was entirely normal for politicians to use alter-egos.

Liberal Democrat general election campaign chairman Paddy Ashdown said: ‘Grant is a wonderful guy – he is a credit to the Conservative Party, a fine sportsman and reads a book a day. We could all learn a lot from him.'

“He has led the Tories with exemplary skill and if, like me, you have been lucky enough to meet him – you know you have been touched by greatness."

It concluded: “Quite simply, a colossus.”

In a humorous twist, the release finished with the text “This Press Release has been edited by Wikipedia user Contribsx”.

Meanwhile, earlier today (Wednesday 22 April), the Guardian reported that Lib Dem leader Clegg said he believed that Shapps was not involved: “Well, Grant Shapps has fervently denied that he had anything to do with it.

"He himself does not have the time apparently to edit his own Wikipedia entry. I’m prepared to believe him. It could have been someone else. Michael Green for instance.”

The Michael Green reference was a humorous allusion to Shapps' running of a website offering money-making advice under the pseudonym Michael Green in 2012.

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