In his mystic post on Telegraph Blogs alleging that "CCHQ are too scared" to allow their candidates to blog, Damian Thompson is referring to me. whilst I am gratified both at being described as "well-known" (read: uses Twitter) and an "ultra-Cameroon" (read: is not Gerald Warner), it is slightly mystifying that he could have got this one so wrong, since Holy Smoke is easily the best of the Telegraph blogs and as a Catholic (albeit a lousy one) I enjoy it immensely.
It's true that Damian asked me to blog for Telegraph blogs. He says I was keen, I was probably being polite, but OK. Like lots of candidates and politicians, I get offered media opportunities on a regular basis. And I suppose I tend to blog more than most. I like the conversational nature of Twitter. I have a Facebook account. I've blogged for ConHome for years in various formats. None of these things have ever been submitted to, or censured by, anybody at CCHQ. Nothing is sent to them in advance. This blog was not.