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A Labour blogger's attempt to smear Chris Grayling is exposed

After David Cameron's announcement this morning of Conservative plans for a tax on banks, Will Straw wrote a post on his Left Foot Forward blog suggesting that a senior member of the shadow cabinet had publicly opposed the policy.

Headlining the post "Calamity Grayling opposes Cameron's unilateral bank tax", it was accompanied by a YouTube clip of the shadow home secretary, purporting to back up his story.

Alas, in the clip, filmed at a public debate in his Epsom and Ewell constituency, Mr Grayling had been asked for his views on a transactions tax, which is something completely different.

Commenters on the Left Foot Forward blog made this clear in some numbers - to the point that comments on the post have now been closed. 

Fraser Nelson has eloquently told the tale in its entirety here.

Jonathan Isaby