Although the first rule of spin doctoring is to never become the story, Leave.EU’s Andy Wigmore appears to be taking the Alastair Campbell approach when it comes to managing the campaign’s comms.
After the Mail on Sunday revealed that Nigel Farage may have been the victim of an assassination attempt — after a wheel on his Volvo fell off his car in suspicious circumstances while he was driving on a motorway — Wigmore took to Twitter to mischievously suggest the culprit could be Douglas Carswell given his strained relationship with the Ukip leader:
— Andy Wigmore (@andywigmore) January 3, 2016
Alas given the strained relationship that exists between the Leave.EU camp and Carswell — after Wigmore’s boss Arron Banks described him as ‘borderline autistic with mental illness wrapped in’ — the Ukip MP did not take the comment lightly. He described Wigmore’s tweet as ‘distasteful’ and ‘extraordinary’:
This is the most extraordinary and distasteful thing for the head of Communications at Leave.Eu to tweet https://t.co/dV5nfnNnZE
— Douglas Carswell MP (@DouglasCarswell) January 3, 2016
Although Leave.EU are still keen to team up with the rival Brexit campaign Vote Leave, Mr S suspects that with comments like this Banks may have a long wait for any merger. After all, Carswell is one of Vote-Leave’s key-backers.