EXCLUSIVE: Grant Shapps says “realistically we’re not going to win” in Ealing

Now here’s an interesting tale. … can anyone provide a decent explanation?

Over on one of the (official) YouTube films from the Liberal Democrats there is this comment from someone:

Okay, realistically we’re not going to win though. Especially since the Tories have just received 5 defecting Councillors from Labour. Don’t quite know how they’ve done it, but the Tories have stolen a march on us this time.

With phrases such as “us” this is clearly written as if from a Liberal Democrat member or supporter.

But according to YouTube the comment was posted by a “GrantShapps” (look just above the comment for the name), which is the name of the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield, Shadow Housing Minister and their Ealing Southall by-election campaign supremo.

A forged name perhaps? Except that click on the name and it takes you through to Grant Shapps’s genuine YouTube profile: http://uk.youtube.com/user/GrantShapps

And yes, I know it is his genuine YouTube account because it is the one linked to from his own website, http://www.shapps.com/

I know that on Blogger you can post a comment and make it look like it really was posted by someone else, but that doesn’t seem possible on YouTube. To post under a particular name, you have to really be logged in with that name and password.

What’s the story here then?

Well, bear in mind that YouTube tells you at the top of the page who you are logged in as, but if you are at the comment box on a video and ready to type in a comment, there’s no reminder next to the box as to who you are logged in as, nor is there a username/password box there.

So it would be possible to make a comment, thinking it was anonymous or that you were logged in as someone else, and overlook that you are really, er…, you. That would be a bit silly wouldn’t it, but how else do you end up with a comment appearing under Grant Shapps’s name?

I’m a generous soul, so I’m willing to listen to an innocent explanation for all this. Can anyone reasonably explain away why Grant Shapps appears to be trying to pass himself off as a Liberal Democrat? (And Grant, if you’re reading this, happy for you to post an explanation in the Comments).

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  • Ha-ha! Nice one, Mark “Sherlock” Pack! 😉

  • Daniel Bowen 10th Jul '07 - 11:58am

    I was told yesterday that Grant Shapps was the Tory expert in e-campaigning.

    *fx: falls off chair laughing*

  • He’s probably right, but they will certainly beat the Lib Dems which is what this is all about.

  • What a stupid plonker!

  • Rather in line with all this, there have been some recent comments on this thread and others from people claiming to be Liberal Democrat members but who appear really to be activists from another party.

    If your comment has been moderated by mistake, and you are really who you say you are but your comment hasn’t appeared, just get in touch to say so.

  • “Very revealing comment from M there”

    I have nothing to do with the campaign, just telling it how I see it.

  • OK, it’s true, I am Grant Shapps. All is revealed!

  • That would be most disappointing: all this time I thought I was reading a website full of Liberal Democrat activists, and then it turns out that all of them were Grant Shapps talking to himself…

    Apart from me, obviously.

  • This sounds like a schoolboy-ish made-up excuse. He’s been caught red-handed. Iain Dale is a lot more understanding than when he happily blogged about Shapps’s nonsense accusations about LibDems paying for poster sites. Typical Tories: utterly shameless!

  • Anyone know the ID of the ‘Sunglassed Twat’ as yet? He’s gotta be feeling pretty paranoid right now. He could be the next Arlene! LOL. Track him, Specially Rendite him, Shame him and the his Top Asto-Turder Shapps.

  • What about this challenge to Grant Shapps? Demand that he ask YouTube to investigate the IP address from where this was sent.

  • What reason might he have not to chase up the person?

    Err, a by-election to win perhaps!

    A thousand other more important jobs to do!

    Plus do you really think YouTube are going to be bothered to start investigating something without police involvement? And do you think the police are going to care!


  • As James Graham has noted on Bloggerheads, how do we know this email really came from Grant Shapps? What if that account was compromised too? How can we ever be sure now?

  • Ealing Warrior 10th Jul '07 - 8:22pm

    Just for amusement.

    An anagram of Grant Shapps is:

    PR Shag pants

  • Hywel Morgan 10th Jul '07 - 10:27pm

    If someone hacked Grant Shapps YouYube account they must have been politically motivated to have done this.

    They weren’t very imaginative though – could have done some things much more damaging!

  • Has now made the Times:

    “Not a good day for Grant Shapps, MP (Welwyn Hatfield, C). Shapps, presently helping the Tory effort in the Ealing Southall by-election, appeared to have logged on to the Liberal Democrats’ local YouTube page and pretended to be one of them, commiserating on their impending defeat, and seemingly forgetting that he was logged in under his own usual YouTube account, under the login name “GrantShapps”. Following much ridicule, Conservative Central Office now insists that Shapps was innocent and his account was hacked. By whom? Why? “

  • Does anyone care. It is the economy stupid. Lets worry about ourselves not others.

  • Richard Harris 28th Apr '15 - 11:02am

    Get a screen shot for goodness sake – you press the Print Screen key on the keyboard and paste it into word – before it vanishes!

  • I’m late to this news, to put it mildly, but laughed myself hoarse nonetheless.

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